Florida Keys and getting there... - April 2016

by Steveandjustyna Nomads July. 05, 2017 1808 views

On our short holiday in April 2016, we drove to most southern tip of Florida and United States - The Keys. We chose smaller roads with less traffic like Hwy 41 (Tamiami Trail) and really great, mostly unpaved 94 (Loop Road Big Cypress National Preserve).

There were big alligators (3-6 feet long) on the down stream side of every culvert along the Loop Rd in Big Cypress National Preserve. Unfortunately, not afraid of people, they were eagerly looking for hand-outs...

There were big alligators (3-6 feet long) on the down stream side of every culvert along the Loop Rd in Big Cypress National Preserve. Unfortunately, not afraid of people, they were eagerly looking for hand-outs...

Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox) is native to Southeastern United States. It's found primarily in Florida.

Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox) is native to Southeastern United States. It's found primarily in Florida.

At Burns Lake Campground in Big Cypress National Preserve one morning we were quite surprised to see several vehicles like this one heading into the swamp. Swamp buggies are capable of going deep into in Everglades and Big Cypress, where other vehicles would get stuck quickly.

At Burns Lake Campground in Big Cypress National Preserve one morning we were quite surprised to see several vehicles like this one heading into the swamp. Swamp buggies are capable of going deep into in Everglades and Big Cypress, where other vehicles would get stuck quickly.

There were many beautiful schooners in downtown marina of Key West.

There were many beautiful schooners in downtown marina of Key West.

"The National Bird" of Key West - Rooster in his prime plumage, looking for attention of a local lady-hen.

"The National Bird" of Key West - Rooster in his prime plumage, looking for attention of a local lady-hen.

We made friends with this guys (thanks to some stale bread) and we kept hanging around. Wished only that he didn't start crowing around 4 a.m. every morning while we stayed in Key West.

We made friends with this guys (thanks to some stale bread) and we kept hanging around. Wished only that he didn't start crowing around 4 a.m. every morning while we stayed in Key West.

Sunsets in Key West attract crowds of people to the promenade.This was a pretty lucky shot...

Sunsets in Key West attract crowds of people to the promenade.This was a pretty lucky shot...

We saw many giant, exotic trees and other plants in Key West. Almost the whole town seems like a botanical garden. This particular  one amazed us with its wall-like standing high roots.

We saw many giant, exotic trees and other plants in Key West. Almost the whole town seems like a botanical garden. This particular one amazed us with its wall-like standing high roots.

We liked the Keys and Southwestern Florida a lot. Even though Key West is quite touristy, still it was possible to find little charming streets to stroll on. We especially enjoyed watching talented street performers on the promenade. We only wished we had more time to see the rest...

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Russell Smith 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you for sharing . I have fond memories of the Old keys late 70s early 80s . I spent some of my childhood in the middle part of the keys and south Fla.

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Steveandjustyna Nomads Replied to Russell Smith 4 years, 3 months ago

Lucky you! It must have been a really cool place!

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 3 months ago

Fun series! Looks like you two really know how to live it up! 
Thanks for sharing these wonderful sights with us! 
Rock On!

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Steveandjustyna Nomads Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 3 months ago

Again thanks Jay!
We like to "suck the marrow out of the bone" as they say 😄 The Keys and the nature preserves around there were great.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Steveandjustyna Nomads 4 years, 3 months ago

Do what you can while you still can, so there will be no regretting missed opportunities, right??

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