When Debra and I left home on December 2nd, we had high hopes of a nice visit with Isaac and Mandi and some rest in a warm place. Now that we are safe back home, we just can’t believe how well all of that came out. Isaac picked us up late in the evening of the 3rd at Washington’s Reagan National Airport and we got a speedy ride in their very cool new Cooper Mini. Some of Isaac’s awesome cooking and a good nights sleep got us to the Capitol Building at midday on the 4th and a tour of the building arranged by Senator Murkowski. We took some photos, and one of my favorites is this one of the rotunda ceiling.
Hanging with Oscar and Penelope was fun and one of those rolling sticky lint removers are a handy item after petting them. We headed to Miami together on Friday and attended a cool art show and then checked in and went to dinner. Had a nice Cuban meal after a short walk from our hotel on the “Miracle Mile”. We had some breakfast on Saturday, went to a Whole Foods and headed south (and West). Found the condo at Key Largo and checked out the beach at Ocean Pointe Resort. The sunrise on Sunday was pretty awesome. There was an iguana or two guarding the docks on the way to the beach. When we headed for Key West on Monday, we encountered some pirates, including the lady that checked us into the state park where there was a pirate gathering. Isaac and Mandi did some snorkling, and I tried it, but the mask just didn’t work out for me. The next day, near Islamorada, we rented better gear (including a prescription mask for me) and with great patience, Isaac and Mandi got me to actually swim a bit with my face in the water enough to see some fish! I will do better next time. After Isaac and Mandi went home, Debra and I visited a nature reserve and museum at Crane Point near Marathon and went on a glass-bottom boat ride at John Pennekamp park where we saw a loggerhead turtle and lots of reef fish. We saw many different birds in the keys, but the pelicans and this Ibis are among our favorites. It was a fun, relaxing trip and I would go back for more. The condo was just about right for us and the owners very easy to work with. Looking forward to seeing or talking to you all sometime over the holidays. Love, Pete