I'm going to miss Blue Plate Specials in the Florida Keys...
Like this Grilled Lobster, Black Beans & Rice, Cole Slaw and Hogfish Snapper plate that we happily stood in line to get while browsing the Key West Seafood Festival.
And, I'm going to miss all the Sea Life and Ocean Art, like this metal art at the Seafood Festival:
We became accustomed to regular trips from Big Pine Key down to Key West - and no trip was complete without lunch at the Hogfish Grille~
Where you could watch Blakely eat a pickle, her toes curled in baby bliss...
Our GPS was also locked in to the famous Mattheessen's one-half pound cookies - they are located on Duval Street, and you can click on the link to order online. But be ready to develop an addiction...these cookies are absolutely fabulous!
During the final week, the kids arranged an afternoon family get-together and meal at Sunset Grille and Raw Bar at the base of 7 Mile Bridge in Marathon. Another "gotta go there" if you are in Marathon - they have a swimming pool for their customers, along with a huge outdoor TV screen, picnic tables, and a sandy beach!
We spent the afternoon by the pool, lazily drinking tropical libations and talking as the kids (and some of the adults!) took the pool by storm.
As our trip wound down, Husband swept me away for a final treat - dinner at the very exclusive Little Palm Island Resort. Accessible only by boat, it is a paradise of beauty and tranquility.
The boat trip to the island on their Motor Trawler was fabulous - straight into the sunset.
We were greeted at the dock with our own personal guide for the evening...
Just in time for a glass of wine, overlooking an outdoor fire pit and the best sunset ever.
Thank you, Lower Florida Keys, for a lovely month. We are rejuvenated and ready to crank the engines and roll into 2012 with renewed energy...and a really good suntan!
But I AM going to miss those Blue Plate Specials!