Monday, June 19, 2006

Drive from Port Charlotte to Key Largo

Today we left my family in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, Florida. It was so nice to see them all again. I had not seen them in over 12 years. (long story and not appropriate now)

We did not have a particular destination or schedule to fulfill, however, we knew we wanted to get as close as we could to Key West before the 7-mile Bridge. We navigated our way through sub-tropical thunderstorms. The three of us observed turkey vultures, squashed armadillos, flocks of dragon flies and other various wildlife living in the humid, South Florida hinterlands. As the sun was setting and the road narrowed, we decided to stop in Key Largo. We are now at the Key Largo Bay Resort by Marriott. The hotel furnishings have the appearance of a Carribean all-inclusive resort and I can only highly recommend this as a stop-over along the way to Key West. It is the best place on Key Largo. We enjoyed a delicious meal at Sundowners which is a great seafood restaurant right on the water. The sunset was covered by stacks of thunderclouds, but we did manage to observe some pink illuminations in a large section of the twilight sky.

I enjoyed an excellent tuna steak. The flaky fish was garnished by wasabi and freshly-cut ginger as well as a ramican of soy sauce. I sucked down two ice-cold margaritas and licked the salt off the rim before the humidity could melt it away. We then headed over to the Carribean Club for some drinks and music. On our walk back to our hotel it poured down raining. I am talking a tropical storm. Needless to say I ran the few blocks back and jumped into the shower.

I post more later....

Here are a few impressions along the way:

An alligator in the water...

A down-home cafe--the kind you see in the movies--where we stopped for a bite to eat:

Interesting sign seen at Oasis Visitors' Center:

Matt & Annette feeling like their in an American movie (as Germans never having been in the Everlgades):


Anonymous Michael said...

I miss Florida! We had gone to Sarasota the last two years to enjoy the beach (well, I had a conference to attend, too), and we really missed going this year. Enjoy it! Things are still warm and AC-free back here in D-dorf, so you are not missing much. The Weltmeister-fever is great to soak in, though.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

That last pic is adorable. Matt just about has the porch hangin' look down pat. All they need is a couple banjo's and a jug.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

Matt is a hottie! He can hang on my porch any time;-)

2:31 PM  
Blogger GC PHILO said...

Mmmm, tuna steak. By the way, I heard about a jogger who went missing in Florida a few weeks back. Police concluded a gator snapped her up! Does that kind of stuff really happen?

2:32 AM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

ymm - tuna steak too!

I love the pics and yes it makes me want to visit but not at this time of the year.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

Nice! My in-laws are dying to go to Florida. I will be sure to keep the Marriott in mind. Is it very expensive?

2:33 PM  
Blogger James said...

Hi Claire, no, it is not. It is $150 a night as a walk-up so it is probably less booking in advance on their website. It was such a cute place. It is close to some great restaurants, the property has a great pool, an outdoor bar by the pool, etc. They even have a hammock tied between two palm trees by the water. Great place!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Biks Wigglesworth said...

We had stayed at Key Largo for a week at Calusa. (and learned to dive when we were there)

To see flash movie about traveling in Florida in our RV, click here: The Dacrons flash travel blog Contains photos, voice over, music and sound effects. WARNING: can get very silly at times. :-)

8:55 PM  

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