Key West: Day 1.

18 Dec

Well, good (late) evening everyone! Sorry to be updating so much later than normal today, but it’s been an extremely busy day!

Today was the beginning of our vacation to Key West, Florida. The day began with waking up at 6am to leave by 6:45 in order to head to the airport in Charlotte. The day began slow since everyone (me, my friend Heather, my parents, my brother Matthew, and his girlfriend Alyssa) weren’t used to being ready to go so early and we’ve all been catching up on the sleep we missed during finals week. Anyway, we made it to the airport with plenty of time until our flight (which was good since the gate we had to get to was at the farthest part of the terminal). I feel like that happens a lot…being at the farthest part of the terminal. It happened on this flight and then my previous spring break flights to Texas. Some luck, huh? Anyway, we flew from Charlotte, NC to Miami, FL, and by the time we reached Miami we were pretty wiped already since the day began so early. The traveling continued with a 3-hour drive from Miami to Key West. By the time we made it, we were ready to be there (since we had so much travel time). Anyway, we all got settled in at the house we rented and then headed out to explore!

I always love exploring a new place. It’s like a present on Christmas morning. You don’t know what you’ll get, but every part of it (even just glancing around) makes your eyes wide and ready to drink it all in. Exploring Key West today was just like that. My friend Heather and I went from the house we’re staying to Duval Street (which is one street over and the main strip in Key West that tourists frequent). The shops along Duval varied from t-shirt shops to tattoo parlors and bars, while also covering pretty much everything in between. After Heather and I spent about an hour going in and out of shops, we met my parents, Matthew, and Alyssa at a restaurant called Caroline’s (where I enjoyed amazing spicy jambalaya). After dinner, Heather and I weren’t looking forward to walking all the way back to the house since we were tired from exploring earlier, and my feet were already sore. So we decided to take a pedicab (where a bicyclist pulls a cart that people can sit in) back to the house. The ride was perfect since were able to rest our feet and get another look at Duval Street in the evening. The house we’re staying at is a bit tight, but it works. One of the pluses is the fact that it has a hot tub. Even though it’s warm here (80 degrees in the afternoon), at night it cools down because of the wind coming off the Gulf, so the hot tub was exactly what we needed after exploring and lots of traveling.

I’m excited to see what tomorrow brings. That’s another thing I love about trips to new places is that you never know what each day is going to be like; it’s all one big adventure. BUT, I can’t wait to see more of Key West and feel the vibe of everything in the heat of the afternoon. Check back tomorrow to get recaps on our first full day in Key West!

Have you traveled anywhere new lately? Where and why? 🙂 

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