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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Key West!

A few weeks ago we made the trek down to Key West, which we figured we needed to see before leaving Miami. It's a pretty unique drive - it takes about four hours, and about three of those hours the road is actually off of the Florida peninsula and you drive on bridges over the ocean from island to island. We just went for one day, but we had a great time. Here are some of the things we did:

We went to the Key West aquarium first. It is a pretty unique old place - it was one of the first things built in Key West to try to attract tourists. They have a tank where you can pick up some of the sea creatures, which was pretty cool. Here is a picture of Megan & Tyler holding a little starfish. Tyler did really well and wasn't too scared.

Here I am holding a horseshoe crab, which was very weird to have in your hands. As soon as you put your fingers on the edge of their shell, they would try to push them off with their legs. Very weird sensation.

Family pic by the ocean
When you see giant people dancing in the middle of the town, what else can you do other than join in the fun?
Tyler getting his portrait done...
No Key West visit would be complete without a visit to the "Southernmost Point" marker, which commemorates being the point farther south than any other place in the Continental US.
Another popular photo point in Key West - where the road (the only road connecting Key West to Florida) begins.
At the end of each day, they have what they call the "sunset celebration," where a lot of street performers all come out and do little shows for all of the tourists. There were escape artists, jugglers, magicians, people pretending to be robots, people pretending to be statues (not sure what makes someone decide to be a statue - maybe one day they are thinking: "hey, you know I am really good at holding really still. I need to find a way to make money doing this!" Anyway...) It was a pretty cool atmosphere, with some pretty talented people. The begging for money at the end of the shows was kind of lame, but I guess that's how they make their living...

We took this video of a fire-breather guy - you can watch it as long as you give him a dollar next time you go to Key West and see him perform. Enjoy!