Driving North heading home on Highway 1, very`very early in the morning I decided to pull over for one last, long look at the keys…..the ocean……the place I called home for the last week and would soon be leaving.
Sierah was asleep in the back of the car and Taryn was reading, she briefly looked up and asked me if I was okay…..I said “yes”……I just wanted to get out of the car for a minute. I could feel her watch me as I passed around the car. She had this sort of puzzled look on her face.
The loose gravel under my sandals drew quiet as I stopped to look at several sailboats out on anchor just a few hundred feet out from shore. The water was calm with just a slight breeze coming over the ocean, I stood for a moment watching the boats, then I closed my eyes and let the ocean breeze wrap around me…it is an almost magical feeling….I knew then that I didn’t want to leave. I almost cried.
Key West has a certain vibe….I felt it and loved it. Granted, it certainly has a commercial aspect to it….but there was a huge part of it that appealed to something inside of me. The colors, the people, the food, the diversity, the artists……..something about the keys drums up creativity in people…..maybe it simply appealed to the artist in me. I don’t know for sure but it certainly didn’t hurt any that there are an endless number of chickens and roosters roaming the island either. I seriously loved that.
I will be writing more about the keys in the days to come but I did want to let you guys know that I am home…….and the girls and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Key West. As I type this, a few of the things that stand out in my mind are:
- The beauty of Looe Reef Key (The single most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life.)
- Breakfast at Blue Heaven (Blueberry pancakes~ homemade banana bread~ Avocado Omelet with salsa and sour cream….umm)
- The Ocean breeze flowing thru the palms and over my body late at night while sitting next to the pool. (Nothing else like it)
- Our new Rasta friend Immanuel (Who took the sea urchin barbs out of Sierah’s foot and showed us the real beauty of Key West) Thank you my friend.
- The cats at our Inn (all 6 of them)
- The girls learning how to open a coconut. (This was seriously funny)
- Kino Sandals (Everyone should own a pair) Not much to look at but feel wonderful and made by hand.
- The best authentic Mexican food in the world at Salsa Loca
- Bahia Honda State Park
- Fort Zachary State Park
- The chickens and roosters of Key West roaming the streets
those are a few of my favorite things….