Miami and the Keys!

Dipping our feet in the Atlantic

Dipping our feet in the Atlantic

You know when you rent a compact car and end up with a new Chrysler 200 convertable? Oh, also you’re in Miami for a week and have unlimited Mileage?  Well, the feeling I get when all of these things come together is that of a child in a candy store (a beautiful, sunny candy store with palm trees that is).

Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, we decided on our attack plan, that would see us break into our new car by driving around a large part of southern Florida.

We started our adventure by heading out to the beach.  We walked up and down on the sand, dipping our feet in a spring cool Atlantic Ocean and poking sticks at what we assumed were washed up jelly fish (grey blue blobs that slowly moved when we poked them).

Be sure to visit the Beautiful Mai-Kai Gardens

Be sure to visit the Beautiful Mai-Kai Gardens

We decided to head south for diner, and made our way to the beautiful Mai-Kai, a tiki-themed restaurant.  Here we were treated to good food, an amazing garden, and a fun 20-30 minute show of Pacific dances. I have to admit the restaurant was a pleasant surprise, in spite of its age, having originally opened in December of 1956.

Shows and food aside, we also went on a tour around the beautiful Everglades.  The ride was maybe an hour, and we got to see a number of alligators of all sizes, as well as a number of birds.  I have to admit that the 5 foot tall blue herons were just amazing.

Finally, we headed south for my second ever drive down Highway 1 and the large causeways that separate Key West from the mainland. Because we’d been there once before, we only stayed for a couple of minutes, before turning around and heading back to our hotel.  After about 8 hours of road, we finally got back to our hotel, and were dead tired when we hopped on our flight at 8am the next morning.

On the road to Key West

On the road to Key West

All in all, a nice trip down south that helped us forget about the cold winter of the great white north!

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