Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Weekend Getaway

Preston was in Orlando and Miami last week for work.  In Orlando he lead some training for their office there.  He then drove to Miami where he spoke at a BIM conference.  He finished the conference Thursday afternoon and I flew down to Fort Lauderdale to meet him.  We figured since it was only a few weeks before our anniversary this would be a good time for some alone time fun.  We rented an electric blue Mustang convertible and headed down to Key West.  We stayed in the Sheraton Suites and had the best time.  Friday morning we made reservations to go snorkeling.  Neither one of us had ever gone before so we were really pumped.  The snorkel company was on the other side of the island, 3.3 miles away. So, we got up a little earlier and walked over there.  It was lots of fun to see the different sites, eat a yummy local breakfast and just enjoy the beautiful weather.  We, along with 106 of our closest friends for those 3 hours, had the absolute best time.  We sailed about 7 miles off shore to the third largest barrier reef in the world.  The water was chilly and we had 10-15 mile an hour winds so it made the water a little choppy.  The best advice our snorkel instructor gave was just to relax.  When floating with our heads watching the sea life below, it was so relaxing and peaceful.  When you came up to the surface for an reason, that is when it got bumpy.  Snorkeling was tons of fun and I would definitely do it again.
 After our adventure we decided to walk around and find some lunch.  We were looking for a place with Cuban sandwiches and came across an organic restaurant, Help Yourself.  The food their was incredible.  I had the Indian Summer salad and Preston had lasagna.

 We found a local bike shop and rented bikes for the next 24 hours.  Once we got used to riding our bikes an roads with cars and sidewalks with people we had a wonderful time.  That is definitely the mode of transportation.
 One of the places we stopped was the southernmost point.  That was pretty fun to see.  We tried to see Cuba...but we could not.
 We also visited mile marker 0.
 We visited this old beautiful naval fort.  It was lots of fun to see so many items still in place.

 We thought it was pretty neat to see all of the tress growing bent.
 There was a really fun air show Thursday night in Mallory Square.  There were tons of boats who were play fighting with the airplanes, who where dropping lots and lots of toilet paper roles.  It was so fun to watch.

 Saturday morning I had a delicious fruit bowl at a little local shop.  It was awesome.
 Our friends Jennifer and Michael flew down and spent the day with us.  The boys are proud of their manly breakfast.

 We had lots of fun taking silly pictures on the beach.  Preston and I are not lay on the beach fans, so we spent very little time on the beach.  We loved spending all our time on outdoor activities.

 Saturday night we decided to stay somewhere a little closer to Fort Lauderdale.  We decided to book a hotel on Ocean Blvd in South Beach Miami.  When we first stopped by to check in the place was quite the party scene.  We went and had dinner and dropped off Jennifer and Michael at their hotel and got back to South Beach about midnight.  The place had really calmed down a good bit.  We took a nice run that morning...and their were not many people out at all.  By the time we were leaving to go to the airport about 10 you could see the place filling back up again.
We had a wonderful time on this trip and were so glad we were able to get away for a bit.  A special thanks to my parents for watching Nathan and Owen and to Preston's Dad and step-mom for watching Logan all weekend.

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