We did enjoy our Memorial Day weekend in the Florida Keys with The Writer's children at his son's girlfriend's family home. Sorry to say, no special announcement was forthcoming, much to everyone's surprise. Maybe next time.
Our hosts had a very large second home and boat on Ocean Reef. I think I heard 5000 square feet mentioned. (That's the house, not the boat.) We had a third floor guest suite that was as big as my house and looked out over the pool and ocean beyond.
We spent most of the weekend in the boat and I was so excited to see groups of dolphins so near you could almost touch them.
"Swim with the Dolphins" is on my bucket list, and this was pretty darn close!
Lots of famous people have homes at Ocean Reef. The Obamas were there for a visit a few weeks ago.
Time to Burn is a 38-foot sport fisherman that sleeps four.
We went out into the open ocean to cruise and it was also our transportation to lunch, dinner, and beaches every day.
On the first afternoon we tied up at the dock of Alabama Joe's.
Alabama Joe's is an open air restaurant just before the toll bridge to Key Largo. It opened as a biker bar in 1947. Tradition says you must get a t-shirt on your first visit (we did) and leave a license plate from your home state if you are a regular there.
I think they save a lot of money on a decorator, don't you?
You also have to have their "world famous" conch fritters. (The fritters were okay but I didn't really have anything to compare them to. We don't have conch fritters in Minnesota.)
There is definitely no "No shoes, no shirt, no service" sign, but I think you do at least have to wear a swimsuit nowadays. Looks like it might have been optional when they first opened.
Yes, that is me napping by the pool after a rough day of doing nothing and that is the open ocean above the mangrove tree line.
Please don't blow this photo up too large, okay? I did not approve of The Writer taking it.
I couldn't get all of the house into one shot without falling off the dock into the water. (There are gators in there!)
So imagine you are looking at half of it and it goes on an equal amount past the trees to the left. (Because it does.)
The other transportation at Ocean Reef is by golf cart.
This is The Writer's son and girlfriend and their little family, Dexter and Buddy.
Buddy and Dex go to Doggy Daycare during the week while their humans are at work.
When Dexter stands on two legs he is in direct line to kiss my lips. Now that was a surprise.
There are many models of golf carts to choose from. If we lived at Ocean Reef, I think I'd look really good driving this one. But maybe in a little more snazzy color?
I couldn't help but wonder what Golf Cart One looks like when the Obamas are in residence.