- Florida Vacation
This year we traveled to Florida for
Sheila's 30th high school renunion and decided to make a vacation
out of it by visting the Florida Keys, the Everglades and Clearwater
Beach. We were joined by Sheila's good friends Juliann and the
After spending a night in Ft. Lauderdale
with Sheila's friend Juliann, we drove down to the Hawk's Cay
resort on Duck Key just north of Marathon in the Florida Keys.
- Stopping for dinner at the Lazy Days Resturant in Islamorda.
- Hawks Cay Pool and Lagoon in the Background.
- Fishing at the Hawk's Cay Marina.
- At dusk the lobsters came out and cleaned
up all the dead fish...
On this morning, we booked a snorkeling
trip to Sombrero Reef with Spirt
Snorkeling. After an enjoyable boat
ride with some dolphin sightings, we arrived at Sombero Reef
where there were plentiful fish to see including a nurse shark
and many barracuda. Sombero Reef is part of the Florida barrier
reef system which is the 3rd largest in the world.
- Dolphins swimming alonside the boat...
- The Sombrero
Reef Lighthouse put into operation
Another evening at Hawk's Cay where
the Lewis's learned what happens when you cook a frozen pizza
upside down (see below).
is what happens when you cook a frozen pizza updside down!!
This morning we booked a fishing trip
on the Marathon
Lady which departed Marathon for a
half day of reef fishing. We were again joined by eager dolphins
on the ride out who impressively kept up with the boat for a
couple of miles. Afterwards we had our haul of catches filleted
and fried up into tasty fish sandwiches.
- Checking out the dolphins following
alongside the boat...
Our last evening at Hawk's Cay resort
which featured a dark night with brilliant stars...
We drove to Key West for the day and
took in the sights including brunch at Blue Hevean, Duval Street,
Hemmingway's House, Sloppy Joes and the Southern most point in
the United States.
- Entering Key West...
Enjoying a wonderful brunch at the one
of a kind Blue
- One of Blue Heaven's famous cats...
- The Earnest
Hemmingway house in which Hemmingway
lived from 1937 to 1940 with his third wife. Hemminway would
continue to visit Key West until his death in 1961.
- The many cats in the Hemminway house
are direct descendants of a cat owned by Earnest Hemmingway.
- This penny was perserved by his third
wife upon their divorce as Hemminway was said to toss it to her
saying "Pauline, youve spent all but my last penny,
so you might as well have that!"...
- The famous Sloppy
Joes restaurant, a favorite spot for
Hemmingway and other sportsman of the era.
- The Doerfels, a bluegrass band featuring 5 brothers originally
from Buffalo, NY where they all played ice hockey. Note the hockey
stick instruments below:
- The southernmost point in the United
These images are from the Dolphin show
at Hawk's Cay...
After four days in the Florida Keys
we began our journey to the Gulf Coast which entailed driving
east on US 41 (also known as the Tamiami Trail - since it this
portion of US41 goes from Tampa to Miami), which cuts right through
the Florida Everglades. The Tamiami Trail rougly divides the
freshwater portion of the Evlerglades from the saltwater portion.
We decided to take an Everglades tour
on a classic airboat, so we stopped in Everglades City and took
a tour with Everglades
City Airboat Tours.
- The big V8 driving the fan. Airboats
were actually co-invented by Alexander Graham Bell of telephone
fame for touring swamp water in Canada.
- Today the Everglades consist of about
1.5 million acres of mangrove swamp, sawgrass praries and pine
stands. Here we are cruising through a mangrove forest.
- Sanibel Island...
The last portion of our vacation was
spent in Clearwater where Sheila attended her High School Reunion.
We stayed at the Hilton
on Clearwater Beach.
- Playing Shuffleboard at Grandma Gil's
- While fishing from Grandma Gil's pier,
we caught a 40 lb Cownose Ray. It put up a pretty good fight
taking line out and battling for a good 10 minutes.
- The boys with their cousins, Mariah,
Noah and Savanah.
to View Clearwater Central Catholic 30 year Renunion Pictures