Key West 2017 {Days Eight & Nine}

June 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

{If you have been following along, you can scroll down to where this days adventures begin}

My husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage earlier this month. For several years now, we have been planning a trip to Key West for a romantic getaway and we thought this would be the perfect opportunity. Our cousin Jenn lives in Key West and it was so nice having a local resident to show us around the island.

We flew directly into Key West and arrived on Saturday afternoon. After a quick ride through town, we unloaded our luggage at our home for the week. We can not say enough nice things about the house where we stayed -- The Fleming-O. It is located on one-way Fleming Street in a quite neighborhood in the Heart of Old Town. The location is perfect because it is only a few blocks from restaurants, art galleries, shopping and nightlife on Duval Street and also near the Historic Seaport area with more authentic restaurants with gorgeous water views, marinas, and Mallory Square. We loved being able to walk everywhere we wanted to go! I highly recommend the Fleming-O to anyone interested in visiting Key West! It truly is a "little pink house in Paradise"!!

{for more pictures and booking info click on the photo below}

Our eighth day in Key West was our last official "fun" day! We spent the morning parasailing, jet skiing and banana boat riding with Fury water adventures!

The crew divided us up into three different groups. Our group did the banana boat ride first. Andy and I were the first ones in our group to ride the banana. Oh, how I wish I could have watched someone else go first. I was NOT prepared for what a wild ride it would be! I expected a relaxing "float" around the ocean .... boy was I wrong! I do wish we would have got a video of our ride because the thought of what I looked like is hilarious to me now -- even though I was scared for my life at the time, haa!! The picture below is someone else in our group on the banana boat ride. You can see that a couple of them have fallen off their seats! 

Next up was parasailing. This was a first time for both of us and we were most excited about this activity. I am glad they let us ride together!

Here's a video of us parasailing:

We will definitely go parasailing again, but no more banana boat rides for me, LOL!

 

These large tarpons were at the harbor after we left the boat from the water adventure. 

We stopped for lunch at Duetto's Pizza. Since Jenn wasn't able to go with us that day, we had a coke in memory of her. ;)

We found Rose Lane on our walk back from Duetto's. I had to get a picture by it, since that is my middle name. :)

More beautiful streets of Key West.

Later that afternoon, we met up with our friends to walk to Mallory Square for the Sunset Festival.

 

I loved seeing all the different ships pass by while we were at Mallory Square.

Every night, two hours before sunset, artists, food vendors, musicians and street performers gather at the waterfront Mallory Square to watch the sun set over Sunset Key and the ocean. We went a couple different nights and it was a lot of fun both times. The performers work hard for their money and are very entertaining. The environment is very fun!

We hung out at Mallory Square for a while and then topped the night off at Schooner's Wharf.

It was a fun way to spend our last night in Key West, but also bittersweet because we were not ready for our vacation to end!! 

 

Our flight home was scheduled to leave Key West around 11:30am. Jenn drove us to the airport but not before we took a few more pics in front of the Fleming-O.

Saying goodbye was sad not only because we had fallen in love with Key West, but because we were leaving our sweet cousin behind. We already miss her sooo much!!!

We were exhausted from the full week of fun we had, but we were geared up to make the journey home. Here's a few pictures of our trip back to Alabama.

Key West airport is very small so you don't board the plane through a terminal the way you do at larger airports. I told Andy I felt like we were boarding Air Force One, haa! ;) That was fun!

Goodbye Key West!!

Andy slept through the entire flight to Atlanta. I guess he was tired!

The familiar sights of Alabama the Beautiful!

We are so thankful for my parents who dog-sat for us while we were gone.  

It is always good to be home.

 

 

 

 

To read more about our other days in Key West, follow the links below:

{Days One & Two}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-days-one-and-two

 

{Day Three}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-day-three

 

{Day Four}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-day-four

 

{Day Five}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-day-five

 

{Day Six}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-day-six

 

{Day Seven}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-day-seven

 

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