A Drone’s-Eye View of Our House in the Keys

Had some fun flying a drone, or two, over our house in August 2015, with my friend Kevin Brown… made up this quick video… more to come…

A map of Keys highlights!

Here is a wonderful Google Map prepared by our friend Kelsey McCune, based on her experiences while staying at our house for vacation with her SO, Jon.  Enjoy!


For birders! A contribution from Renee…

For birders, we don’t have much on our word press site, so I did a little hunting around and found this info:
It looks like the Hawkwatch starts in mid-September, so you might be too early for that:
Here is a local article on the fall migration:  http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/20/3011007/festival-is-a-snapshot-of-bird.html
and a fall migration table of dates for species:  http://www.birdnature.com/fallfl.html
Here is a link to a wildlife and birding festival:  http://keysbirdingfest.org/



Two additional suggestions!

One of my staff at the University of Washington used the house in April 2012 as a base for some serious scuba diving in the Keys, and she made a couple of additional suggestions.

First, she points out that the beaches along the highway up towards Islamorada, particularly a developed beach called Ann’s Beach, are very nice for lounging and swimming, and FREE!  And that’s true: beautiful shelters, bathrooms, and some very nice shallow-water snorkeling around the mangroves and bridge structures. And the price is right (the best beach in the Keys is at Bahia Honda State Park, with many amenities, but the state park charges an entrance fee).

And she and her hubby really enjoyed the History of Diving Museum (mm 83 in Islamorada; http://www.divingmuseum.org) and suggests strongly that anyone with such interests make a visit there… we have not been there but will certainly do so on the next rainy day!



Renee’s Favorites in the Keys

Here are some of my favorites:

Diving/Snorkeling:  Looe Key (between Marathon/Key Colony Beach and Key West)

Other Activities:
Sunset in Mallory Square in Key West.  Lots of acts/buskers, crafts and general partying going on.  Oh, and a nice sunset!

Call me an animal geek, but I always like to stop here on our way to Key West: 

It’s just a few steps from the parking lot and you are guaranteed to see some wildlife from this lookout spot.  Look to the right and left of the platform and we often see Night heron nests/chicks.  We’ve also seen a large iguana in those trees.  We always see the gater and the turtles.

Bahia Honda State Park. I love the beach on the ocean-side.  Great spot for pics.

Walking on 7 mile bridge at sunset (in Marathon).  Take a discreet container of adult beverages if you wish!

Happy hour at Key’s Fisheries at the elevated bar called: Hook, Line and Drinker. It’s very casual, but friendly and love their stone crab claws (if in season) in the bar (less expensive) and the sushi.  Again – at sunset!  They bring you a free drink to toast with at sunset.

Besides Keys Fisheries, my favorite place to eat is probably Lazy Days.  They have a restaurant in Marathon (ocean-side not far from 7 mile bridge) and another restaurant in Islamorada.  We’ve always had good food and service there. Their fish Lazy Days style is very popular, and we love their banana bread.

Spending the afternoon at the Cabana Club (pool, beach, bar, snacks) is pretty nice, too.  Just 1/2 block away! In fact, I’d love to be there right now!


Our Home in Paradise

In November 2011 and with the support of Renee’s folks, we achieved a dream-come-true and purchased a second home in the Florida Keys: 391 4th St, Key Colony Beach, in the Middle Keys, to be exact.  This blog site celebrates our joy, and will chronicle our delight in spending time in the Keys as often as possible.  We’ll describe our favorite places and things to do to help those who come to stay in our Keys home, and blog about our experiences when we are there ourselves.  Join us in enjoying the natural paradise which is the “America’s Caribbean.”