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Mush & Alga's Adventure: Five days in the Florida Keys
7-10-2010
We went there in a hurry to see it after the BP oil spill. Key West was really cool. Beautiful water in the USA.

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Ultralight ride in the Florida KeysThursday, September 13, 2012
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Just made this after posting the other previous picture post with a lot of the same pics.

The Key West Butterfly & Nature ConservatoryThursday, September 13, 2012
We spent a few hours admiring the butterflies, the flowers, the plants and other critters......I could of spent more time!  Think of all the plants and butterflies you could have with your own conservatory at home!  There are so many different kinds of butterflies with so many beautiful colors.  I tried to get a close up of the brilliant blue butterflies but they wouldn't pose for me, and yes, I did ask them to hold still!
Alan liked the butterfly chair a lot as well as the gazebo.  The gift store adjacent to the conservatory had some very nice gifts.  The Conservatory sits at 1316 Duval Street in Key West, and we recommend that you spend a little time relaxing there while you visit.

Butterfly 5Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Mush and Alga in the butterfly chair.

Butterfly 4Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Hungry butterfly eating fruit.

Butterfly 3Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Large butterfly lunching on the red blossoms.

Butterfly 2Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Posing for the camera.

Butterfly 1Thursday, September 13, 2012

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The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory on Duval Street.  Butterflies were everywhere.

Downtown Key WestThursday, September 13, 2012
It was hot and humid and we didn't want to walk so we hired a "bike tax" peddaled by a VERY strong healthy young man to show us around the Duval Street area of Key West. The buildings have a tropical flavor with lots of charming architecture and we enjoyed the ride and information supplied by our peddlarer.
Alan sniffed out the boats at the Key West City Marina, imagine that!  There are lots of charter boats in the area too.

Key West 2Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Peeking out from under the umbrella of our bike taxi to look at cool buildings on Duval Street.

Key West 1Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Duval street shops.

Ultralight Ride was awesome!Thursday, September 13, 2012
This ride was AWESOME!  The view of the Keys from above is breathtaking.  Our pilot was E.P. Dalton of Highside Ultralights Adventures located at Sugarloaf Marina, in Sugarloaf Key.  He has been a pilot since 1970 and an ultarlight instructor since 1996, he did a great job and kept us safe.  Ultralights are very noisy but headphone were supplied and needed.
Alan went up first and took all the photos.  When they flew over the party boats they got flashed.  They went in for a closer look but everyone was covered up by then!  They saw a shark and E.P. says you can see all kinds of sea life from above.  Mush went up last and was not fearful (surprised Alga) and had a great time too.  If you are not afraid to fly, this is a great experience.

Ultralight 2Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Mush coming in for a landing after her adventure.

Ultralight 1Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Awesome views from up here.

Spirit Snorkeling trip to Sombrero ReefThursday, September 13, 2012
We found Spirit Snorkeling just south of Marathon and took a trip out to Sombrero Reef to look at some fish.  The boat was full of eager folks ready to see the reef and fish.  The boat supplied all the snorkeling equipment which was okay, but we have learned if you want your equipment to fit well you need to bring your own (fast trip so we had to use theirs).
Sombrero Reef is one of the largest coral reefs in the Middle Keys. You can see lots of different kinds or coral, southern stingrays, nursesharks, and barracuda amoung other species of fish.  The reef is a Sanctuary Preservation Area and is strictly regulated....no fishing allowed.  Look but do not touch the coral. The Sombrero Key Lighthouse is eight miles offshore of Key Colony Beach with eleven mooring buoys for the boats to tie off on.  
We enjoyed our snorkeling adventure and everyone else on board seemed to have a great time too.

Boat ride to Sombrero ReefThursday, September 13, 2012

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Snorkeling around Sombrero Reef.

Coco Plum Hotel 2Thursday, September 13, 2012

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A small dock at our hotel.

CocoPlum Hotel 1Thursday, September 13, 2012

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View of the water from our room.....we like it!

Driving down to Key WestThursday, September 13, 2012
We took lots of photos while driving to Key West.  The water is a green color, pretty clear and warm, almost bath warm.  A little crab was crossing the highway so we stopped to take a picture and make sure he got across the highway safely.  We saw many long bridges where there was a section taken out, guess to keep people from driving or walking on the old bridges.
If you have an RV, there are lots of places to stay but you have to make your reservations in advance, they go quickly during the winter.  Beautiful drive.

Driving around the KeysThursday, September 13, 2012

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Crab crossing the road....we stopped to take his picture and make sure he got across the road safely.

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