Florida Keys Road Trip (Part 3)

posted in: Explore Florida, Road Trip | 0
Share this...Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on TumblrEmail this to someone

(You can read parts one and two of this story here and here).

I woke up bright and early my second morning in Key West with plans to go catch the sunrise again at White Street Pier. I was kinda tired still, however, and didn’t really feel like getting up yet so I decided to go outside first to check the sky out and if it looked like it was gonna be a dramatic sunrise worth getting up for…then I’d drag my ass out of bed and head to the pier to take some photos. If not- I’d hit the snooze button a few more times and catch some extra zzzzzs.

So I threw on my Chuck Taylors and trotted downstairs and then out into the street where I could get a good view of the eastern sky and was kinda relieved when I saw that it was completely clear (no clouds) and very non-dramatic looking.  So I made the executive decision to head back up to bed and get a little bit more rest, but after about 15 minutes of lying there trying to will myself back to sleep, I realized it wasn’t gonna happen and so I got up and started my day.

I was planning on being back in St. Pete that evening, but before I took off for home I wanted to do some exploring in Key West and then head back to Bahia Honda State Park to hopefully get some underwater photos with my Watershot Pro since the ones from my snorkeling trip all turned out crappy.  I figured if I got to the park early enough (they open at 8am), there wouldn’t be much of a crowd so I could get the pics I wanted and then get the hell out of there before the masses arrived.

That only left me about an hour to drive around Key West, which wasn’t nearly enough time, but better than nothing I suppose.  Next time I’m there (Rudy and I are going the last week of this month and I totally can’t wait), I want to spend an entire day just roaming the streets of KW on bikes and taking pictures…it’s such a colorful, eccentric island with photo ops lurking around every single corner.

Here are a few shots I got on my way out that morning…

Yellow VW Bus

Key West House

Old Buick

Key West, Florida

After my quick drive around the island, I headed off to Bahia Honda State Park and ending up making it to the entrance shortly after they opened. There were only a few other cars in the parking lot which meant I would have the place pretty much to myself (for a short while, anyway) and so I didn’t waste any time grabbing my camera gear and heading down to the beach on the southeast end of the park. This area seemed to have the clearest, bluest water of anywhere else in the vicinity and as a result was the most crowded on the previous two days that I was there. At the moment, however, it was completely deserted and I was delighted…

Bahia Honda State Park

The color of the water was absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t wait to jump in and go for a swim…

Bahia Honda State Park

It looked even prettier from beneath the surface…

Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park

I ended up swimming out to a sandbar that wasn’t too far from the beach and staying out there for about three hours goofing around and taking pictures in the unbelieveably clear water. The current was super strong in this particular location, though, which almost got me into trouble a few times when I was floating on my back taking pictures and not really paying attention to my surroundings. When I finally realized that I was getting carried out to sea, I had to swim my ass off to get back to the sandbar which was no easy task despite the fact that I’m a pretty solid swimmer. It was kinda scary especially since I was by myself and there’s a good chance no one would have noticed had I gotten swept away.

So anyway, by the time noon rolled around, the crowds were starting to descend upon the beach and I was ready to pack it up and go. Just to give you an idea of how much difference a few hours makes with respect to how crowded the park is…here’s a shot I took at around 8:30 am when I arrived…

Bahia Honda State Park

And here’s a shot of the exact same spot three hours later as I was on my way out…

Bahia Honda State Park

Needless to say, I was pleased with my decision to get there early.

Before I headed back to St. Pete, I decided to make one last stop in Marathon to grab a bite to eat and take some final pictures. I ended up at the Sunset Grille where I had a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” for lunch and drank a tropical concoction from a monkey’s head all whilst enjoying the warm summer sun and the gorgeous views of the ocean…

Sunset Grille Florida Keys

Sunset Grille Florida Keys

Sunset Grille Florida Keys
Have fun.

After lunch, I walked up onto the old bridge next to the Sunset Grille to take a few more photos before heading back home. The view from up there did not suck…

Marathon Florida Keys

Marathon Florida Keys

Sunset Grille Florida Keys

Although this trip to the Keys was brief, I still had a fantastic time and can hardly wait until Rudy and I go back later this month. We’re planning on staying down there for a week, so we’ll have lots of time to explore the island(s) and see what sort of trouble we can get ourselves into.

The end. 🙂

Share this...Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on TumblrEmail this to someone

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge