Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Gratituesday: Key West, FL

It feels like it's been ages since I went on a vacation.  And, it has been quite some time.  The last real vacation we took was in December 2010, when we spent New Years in France.  Since then, we've been lucky (so lucky!) to do a bit more traveling, but much of it has been for conferences or work, and none of it has been for more than a long weekend.

So, yesterday, when I booked our next trip - a real, live vacation to Key West, FL just before Christmas - I wanted to tell pretty much everyone I saw.  The excitement of packing my bags (thinking of getting something special for the occasion), of getting on a plane (my first flight since going to Indiana about 18 months ago!), and of spending six days relaxing in the sun is almost too much to bear.

Me, my sister, and my mother in Key West in 2002.  It was a stop on the Disney Cruise!

I'm so grateful to be able to go on this trip, and to celebrate a few travel firsts.  This will be the first beach vacation Roger and I have ever taken, the first domestic flight we'll take together, and the first time either of us has rented a car.  (I think the idea of renting a car makes me feel more adult than anything else in my life has to this point.) And, after what has been a wonderful, productive, and creative but also surprisingly and ultimately difficult year, I don't think there's any better reward than relaxing in Florida with some delicious seafood and a few great books.

We'll undoubtedly visit the Hemingway House, stop by Sloppy Joe's, and visit a few of the beautiful beaches that line the Keys.  We might rent a clear-bottom kayak, or try snorkeling (okay, Roger says he's definitely not snorkeling).  We're looking forward to drinks at sunset and turtle racing.  We're hopeful that a few friends will join us and we'll all rent a place for the week.  And most importantly, we're going to relax.  We need it badly, and I can't think of a more perfect way to close out the year.

Have you ever been to the Florida Keys?  Do you have any suggestions for must-dos or must-sees while we're there?


  1. Sounds like a fantastic getaway! I have never been so I can't wait to hear all about it!

    1. Thanks so much, Brenda! I can't wait to do some more travel updates on it, so you'll have plenty to read in a few months!