For my 29th birthday, I wanted to be selfish and take a trip. And it was a getaway of pure celebration, quiet revelry, and natural beauty! Even during the middle of our travels, I felt as though our girls trip to the Florida Keys was going to be a legend. The calm mixture of adventure and tranquility allowed for a perfect sense of ease. It is the kind of trip I know I will look back on with such fondness; it is already a memory so warm in my heart. I absolutely love traveling with my mom; from our road trips to our annual beach stays. This one was a bit out of the blue…but so worth every penny. I came home with a few pounds of coffee, a new planter, serious garden inspiration, and thankfulness that I get to live in this beautiful world with the people I love. What a lovely and meaningful way to spend a birthday.
Our trip was filled with clumps of bougainveilia, leaping geckos, scary iguanas sightings, multiple cups of coffee from Baby’s, and a few mojitos. We clocked many miles on our zippy little red Hyundai Elantra, which got us everywhere we needed to be along Route 1….from Key West to Key Largo. We stayed in Marathon, enjoying the middle keys as our hub. Some of the best moments were in nature, near lapping turquoise waters filled with seashells and urchins and crabs and fish. It was so hot, but the island breeze was relentless and cooled us down. Oh, and the key lime pie!? Divine.
We did do some touristy things, but not much. I loved my guidebook only experience so much from Hawaii, that I wanted to replicate it here in the Keys. So, we read that Sloppy Joe’s was the place to go see live music, have a mojito, and sit where Ernest Hemingway hung out. It wasn’t my favorite experience, but it was cool to say that we went. Hands down the best food we had was Kermit’s Key Lime Pie, as well as fajitas from Amigo’s Tortilla Bar. Life-changing!