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Sep 22, 2014 - Weeks 181-184 (2/19-3/18):

Weeks 181-184 (2/19-3/18): I have never seen so many alligators in one place! Alligators everywhere! It was quite a sight to see. That's Big Cypress National Preserve for you. And you don't even have to go far to see them; they are right there by the visitor center; right along the main road. And all the huge birds! It's one thing to bird watch out west, with all the little song birds; you pretty much need a telescope to see anything. But here, you can see all kinds of details with the naked eye. It's a refreshing change of pace. I guess...

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Jul 26, 2014 - Florida - USA - Florida Keys & The Everglades

When we left you it was Saturday 19th July and we were just about to pick up a hire car. We caught the hotel shuttle bus and returned to Miami international airport. There we got an elevated train to a special building that is totally devoted to hire car companies. We joined the masses at the "Alamo" hire car queue and were directed into a car park where we were given a choice of several vehicles. After a quick look around we selected an almost brand new Chevrolet sonic automatic (you don't seem to be able to hire a car with a manual gear...

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Jul 23, 2014 - I love Florida!!

Florida is an amazing place. In fact, our whole country is an amazing place--so vast that we can leave the huge trees of the northwest, drive through desert and prairie, and arrive in the swamplands of Florida in under a month! It really is mind-boggling. We arrived late in Florida due to all the National Parks stops (Fran was getting ready to throw my passport book right out the window). We arrived at Paynes Prairie State Park (about 2 hours into Florida near Gainesville) right at closing; the ranger apparently left to close down the park...

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Rumsky Retirement?

Jun 18, 2014 - Key West, Florida

We flew into Key West on Father's Day. For Robert, it was his first time back in the states in over 2 years! We stayed at The Reef - a Waldorf Astoria property. The room was nice and spacious and the weather felt amazing! We got in a little late in the day so after traveling for almost 24 hours from Germany. We woke at 4AM, walked to the bus stop, took the bus to the hauptbanhof, took the train to the airport in Stuttgart, the first plane was to Atlanta, then another plane to Key West then a taxi to the hotel - we were ready to have a few...

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Brown Family Travel

May 21, 2014 - Florida

After we got back from the cruise we drove down the Florida Keys into Key West. The area was settled a couple of hundred years ago and sailing ships loaded with booty - spices, gold, slaves and lots of other good stuff would sail past. The locals helped the passing ships by putting signal fires out to show them safe passage. Of course the ships usually ran aground and were plundered. Strange that not one single local person had any idea of signal fires being in the wrong place and no one was ever charged. Piracy was alive and well as it...

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OziTerra

May 10, 2014 - Key West

Well I am here in Key West and out for a walk about the town checked out the old harbor area, got me a big fish ( I am sure a lot of people have said the same thing about my fish) lol went to the shipwreck museum and climbed to the top of the tower for a overall view of the area to the Aquarium then on to the Little White House, was the place where Truman spent 170 some days of his presidency as his vacation retreat, as it is still used as a presidental retreat could not take any pictures inside. I saw a sign on Trumans Desk that said the...

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May 9, 2014 - the Florida Keys

Very nice night here in Florida City a bit of breakfast packed up camp headed out for the drive to Key West, a real nice sunny day as I drive through all the different Keys, with many stops along the way a short walk on the old seven mile bridge built for the railroad to Key West. A stop on Big Pine Key and saw a few of the Key deer very small deer and very cute, then back on the road to Key West getting there around three in the afternoon. Checked into my hotel for the next two days some lunch and a couple beers before heading out to...

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Apr 21, 2014 - Visiting Key West

JOLLY ROGER TRAVEL PARK, MARATHON,FL. MONDAY We were up at 0700 this morning to get a jump on the drive to Key West. Beautiful weather again, temperature in low 70's. Stopped in town to fill up the Honda and then headed South on the overseas highway. It wasn't long before we arrived at the beginning of the 7 mile bridge. Were never out of sight of land of some sort, and the original railroad bridge, which is not in use, was off to our right. There were lots of keys and lots of water on the 58 mile drive down. Key West is all about...

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Apr 8, 2014 - April 7 - Day 4

We did the tourist thing and took the Conch Train through Key West and heard a great history of the island. We met Ann and Phil Hansen for lunch at Sunset Key. The only way to get there is by boat... Lunch was fantastic, including a key lime martini for me and a key lime colada for the others....Nom, Nom! This is a private island with an exclusive resort and several private homes. Think "Lifestyles of the rich and Famous"! We finished out the day with more sightseeing and dipping our toes in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Chooie climbed the...

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Apr 7, 2014 - April 6 - Day 3

Started out the day with Lolly and Syd enjoying a great breakfast overlooking the golf course. Headed to Key West at 9:30. We waved to Steve as we passed Miami and figured he was probably finishing his tri around then! The drive to Key West was absolutely spectacular! The water was is so clear and such a beautiful shade of aqua, we may not leave!! Key West is so different from anywhere else. It's an island mentality and completely relaxing, but you also get such a sense of history here. There is so much to see and do in these 8 square miles...

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Apr 3, 2014 - Finally Key West

On Tuesday we spend most of the day visiting the J.F. Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral, Florida. If you ever go to Florida this is a place well worth visiting. It shows the complete history of space pursuit since the 1960s. We had a tour by bus to the launching sites and the large transporters that are being used bring the rockets from the assembly hangars to the site at a speed of 1/2 mile per hour. You may have seen some of this on TV but in real life it seems so much larger. Many sight and sound and IMAX presentations and even...

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Mar 14, 2014 - Key West

Mardi 11 jour 24 On va à Key West, malgré que c'est mardi, y a du monde et du trafic. On trouve un petit resto local à notre arrivé à Key West on y prend un bon repas avant visiter la ville, finalement, on marchera 12 km à travers la ville...fiou...est où la bière.... C'est un ville (village) très hétéroclite, une maison, un commerçe chacun avec un cachet différent. Ils ont su garder tous les vieux bâtiments et les faire revivre avec une nouvelle vocation, c'est très coloré, et très festif surtout dans les rues du vieux Key West en fait, ça...

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