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    Travel: The Keys of Florida

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 09:49 AM

    My travels to Key West Florida, the most southern point in the United States.

    The trip began in Boston, MA on a 5am flight to Miami, FL. I meet my travel companions at the airport. They are a combination of old friends and some new acquaintances that have become friends. They reside in the Clearwater beach area of Florida and drove down to pick me up in Miami. We were on the road by 9am to the first of many Keys.

    The Florida Keys are a coral cay archipelago located off the southern coast of Florida, forming the southernmost portion of the continental United States. They begin at the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles south of Miami, and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West the westernmost of the inhabited islands, and on to the uninhabited Dry Tortugas. The islands lie along the Florida Straits, dividing the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the northwest, and defining one edge of Florida Bay. At the nearest point, the southern part of Key West is just 90 miles from Cuba. The Florida Keys are between about 23.5 and 25.5 degrees North latitude.

    The climate of the Keys is defined as tropical savanna according to Köppen climate classification. More than 95 percent of the land area lies in Monroe County, but a small portion extends northeast into Miami-Dade County, such as Totten Key. The total land area is 137.3 square miles. As of the 2010 census the population was 73,090 with an average density of 532.34 per square mile, although much of the population is concentrated in a few areas of much higher density, such as the city of Key West, which has 32% of the entire population of the Keys. The US Census population estimate for 2014 is 77,136.

    The first adventure was to Robbie's of Islamorada. We had lunch Oceanside watching tourist take pictures of the torques waters and some marine life. We also had a chance to feed tarpon. Please see attached photos.


    After several hours of driving through many smaller keys, we arrived at Key West. After hopping into the pool for a few minutes to get the stiffness of traveling in a car, we headed down to our local bike rental shop and got our wheels for the weekend. This was the view at the end of our street. Yes, that is my bike I road for three days.


    We drove to the most southern point in the United States and took the proper photos to document “We were there “ Then we proceeded to bike around and see the charm of key west.


    Tags: vacation, travel tips, key west, the florida keys, southernmost point

    Travel Tips

    Posted by Sue Bird on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 @ 12:57 PM

    travelHopefully you are enjoying your summer and you are lucky enough to take trip somewhere fun!  It’s handy to have a checklist of things to do or bring along so that you are better prepared. 

    Confirm reservations.

    - You never want to get caught at a check in counter with either the wrong reservation or none at all.

    Check weather conditions for your destination. 

    -It will also help you determine what clothes to bring. Don't get caught in a storm without a raincoat, the sun without sun screen, or up a creek without a paddle.

    Put mail delivery on hold.

    -You won't enjoy the overstuffed mailbox upon return and neither will your postman.

    Keep lights at home on timers and keep a stereo turned on.

    -See our blog about home safety and break ins. You don't want your return to be marked by theft and insurance claims.

    Leave a car in the driveway if possible.

    -It's a great way to deter theifs and other unwanted guests if they think someone is home.

    Have a friend/neighbor keep an eye on your house

    -Give the number of where you will be staying. Offer to do the same for them if they go away, a few neighborly actions can lead to a stronger friendship and mutually benefit both of you.

    Make sure you have prescriptions filled ahead of time

    -And keep a list of those prescriptions, doctor’s and pharmacy’s numbers on hand. It's important to stay on top of your meds and other needs, especially with a younger family member who may need it and not keep track of them.

    Make sure pets are taken care of

    -If your pets are staying home and you have a sitter, make sure they have your number and the vet’s number in case of an emergency and plenty of food. Your dog is a part of the family and although he couldn't come on the trip, he still should be taken well care of.

    Bring cell phone charger.

    -Having emergency numbers and housesitters is great unless they can't get in touch with you during a crisis.

    Happy Summer!

    Sue Bird

    This is just a list of suggestions and cannot absolutely guarantee you home safety, pet protection, or a fun vacation.

    Tags: vacation, travel, trip, summer, vaca, outing, adventure, plan, destination, mail, theft, theft prevention, travel tips

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