Adventures in the Florida Keys - saraharnoff

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Balmy Islands

It's been three years since my last visit to the Florida Keys, and we were bummed to have to push this trip out again and again. But we finally made it down to Marathon for temperatures triple what they were in SLC and some much needed vitamin D. Our Christmas present to ourselves was to spring for a couple of first-class tickets even though our red-eye flight to Atlanta was delayed by ice for hours, we were quite happy with the final seat arrangement as (now that SLC is truly an international airport with direct flights to Paris on a regular basis) our plane was switched for one that normally flies to Europe, providing us with amazing Delta One lay-flat seats. I don't think we can ever go back to coach.

Our week-long stay in balmy Florida provided us with ample opportunity to lounge, and we took many a stroll around the surrounding nature preserves in Marathon. We stayed away from the more popular  state parks like Bahia Honda as they were packed for the holidays, but we enjoyed Lignum Vitae and Indian Key, though came away from those excursions with hordes of mosquito bites. One of our favorite past times in the Keys is hanging at Robbie's Marina, where you can purchase a bucket of fish to feed to the giant tarpon that reside under the docks. It's just as fun to watch other people try not to get their fingers bitten as they feed the massive fishes.

The water was too choppy to do a lot of boating or snorkeling, but we did manage to get out for half a day and cruise past a bunch of fancy beach houses. They fun thing about having family down there is that they know who's who. And though the water is rougher than in the summer, the weather is perfect for lounging outside or strolling around Key West. Since we have already done a lot of the touristy stuff like the Southernmost Point, we did a little cigar shopping and wandered to our favorite places--Captain Tony's Saloon and chilling with the street roosters and Hemingway cats.

These photos are on mixed films--mostly Ektar 100 and Provia 100--from the first outing with my Graflex Graphic 35 rangefinder.

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