The Keys

I got an invitation from my friend Jenifer Hall to stay at her little bungalow on Big Pine Key for a few days while her family came for their annual visit. It was a getaway opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I headed across Old Tamiami Trail from Naples on Wednesday morning and enjoyed a quiet ride across the Everglades to […]

The Keys on a Weekday

Dolphin Research Center – Grassy Key – Marathon, FL January 2013: Florida Keys Dolphin Research Center 58901 Overseas Highway Grassy Key, FL 33050  This is a fantastic spot on the bay side of Grassy Key, (Mile Marker 59) – have stopped there twice in the past few months. This is a facility they used to film the movie and TV series “Flipper”. […]

Dolphin Research Center

Key West: A favorite Getaway There’s no place quite like Key West. It’s been a regular getaway for me every few weeks for the past couple of years. The 5 hour drive starts from Naples down The Old Trail (Hwy 41), east through the lower Everglades and starts a backward time-lapse. By the time I’m through Homestead I’m thinking about […]

Exploring Key West

Scouting the Florida Keys May 10th, 2013 Took a helicopter ride out of Marathon with my friend Jen on her birthday and got some great photos of the Seven Mile Bridge, Pigeon Key and the blue-green shallows surrounding this middle-ground in the Keys. Marathon started out as the spot that Flagler’s railroad set up headquarters for the completion of the […]

Keys by Helicopter

Researching The History of the Keys February 3, 2013 I’ve been traveling to the Keys almost every weekend – and I’m caught up in the history and the mood, taking notes and enjoying some great new friends. The history of the Florida Keys is colorful and, well, “historic”. Discovered by Juan Ponce de León in 1513 who claimed it for […]

Learning the Florida Keys

[ click on photos to enlarge ] January 2013: Florida Keys The Florida Keys are a series of small islands and “cays” stretching from just south of Miami all the way to Key West, bordered only by the ocean to the south and Florida Bay to the north. In 1905, Henry Flagler, one of the three owners of Standard Oil […]

The Key West Extension