Florida Road Trip

In October of 2008 my wife and I took a road trip through Florida. We flew in to Orlando, planning to see a shuttle launch and then head down to the keys. After the tickets were booked the launch was postponed, so we revised our plans and spent the extra days not in Orlando. Total mileage for the trip was 1423, including a trip up to Live Oak, FL, to visit some family. The photos here are mostly of sunsets, since the other option was photos of me with a drink in my hand. I figure most people would prefer the former.

Transportation for the trip. It was supposed to be an intermediate car (read: generic front-wheel drive GM sedan), but they had overbooked and left me the choice of this or a minivan for the same price. Even with a V6 and an automatic, it wasn't a tough call.

View of the gulf from Tranquility Bay on Marathon Key. A generally great place to stay, and surprisingly affordable during hurricane season. Go figure. The on-site restaurant is excellent as well. The wife says the dessert named "To die for" is just that. Please note that I have not been compensated for this review, but I am accepting offers.

Looking west out from the dock at Tranquility Bay.

Sunset over the old seven mile bridge, looking towards Pigeon Key

Sunset from Mallory Square on Key West. Should have spent more time there. Lots to see and do.

Bonus shot from Mallory Square. It's crowded for a reason.

Cool grasshopper spotted in Everglades National Park. Hot and buggy but worth a day.

One more shot of the Everglades. Storms come up quickly, as we learned.

So there you have it. We'll be back for the shuttle launch, whenever they decide to finally light the candle. We'll be back to the keys as well, and will probably just fly straight there. Twice is enough for the drive between Orlando and Miami.