We decided it was time
to return to Key West to celebrate Gary's retirement
We hadn't been there in 11 years and not much had
changed. Gary and Cathy stayed with us
one night in Westin, FL, then we drove down to
the Keys. After three nights there, we
returned to Fort Lauderdale for the rest of the
vacation. What a blast!
We started our vacation in
Westin, FL where we had a
timeshare. Chip got a
great deal on a full-size minivan for a rental.
After picking up
Gary & Cathy, we went to the Miami where Ace Hardware
John, told us about the Island Grill at Key Largo, so we
stopped for lunch.
This place was off the beaten path and fabulous!!!
We stayed at the Tropical Inn on Duval St. It had a
private pool and hot tub area which saw lots of use.
We admired the
interesting architecture and had nice morning walks.
Our first tourist stop was Hemmingway House,
which was lots of fun. We enjoyed seeing the famous
Descendents of the five-toed cats still reside there in
Since it was
August and hot, we toured in the morning and then relaxed
in the pool in the afternoons.
We walked up the old lighthouse which is now a
did lots of eating and testing out Key Lime Pie to try to
determine whom made the best.
We enjoyed trying
lots of different restaurants.
Gary, Cathy &
Chip toured The Little White House.
We rented a gas-operated golf cart on the last day
there. Cathy was our designated driver for the trip
around Key West.
sign says that this is the eastern most point in the
Chip's hairy hat provided lots of entertainment.
We did a lot of walking on our last night out for
dinner. The boys took a bicycle rickshaw
home and tried not to look gay.
Gary got us tickets for a baseball game in the new
Then Cathy and Clada went shopping at the Apple Store for
There was more shopping
for Cathy's living room furniture, and then we had to
toast her good purchases.
This cool property is located a block from where we were
staying. Clada had visited Bonnet House before and
After we took
Gary and Cathy to the airport, we did more shopping!
We had a great
time traveling with Gary and Cathy. We learned how
important the words "Zip It" were
when you spend hours driving in a car. We also
learned how important it is to have a minivan with
big windows so everyone can see out and there is room to
sprawl. We look forward to traveling with
Gary and Cathy again; we had so much fun...the trip flew
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