One thing I learned while spending 10 days in Florida, you wonder? Blogging via iPhone while traveling is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be! Hence the reason it took me a bit (and by a bit, I mean 2 weeks) to get Vol. 2 posted; also part of the reason why I went and bought a tablet this past weekend. Much easier to document my travels and much more convenient than stuffing 2-3 books in my purse to carry onto an airplane or in the car while adventuring. Although, I must admit, I will never give up the love I have for actual books. I will sacrifice having a real book while away, but nothing will ever take the place of my library. I digress. Back to SoFL!
Our jump to the Keys was absolutely amazing. Boats, not so much. One foot seas turned to two to three foot seas, and me almost getting tossed overboard when we hit a rather rough patch further solidifying my aversion to boats. I have never been a fan of boats and I don't forsee that changing in the near future, even after our fantastic snorkeling adventure to Alligator Reef. Sadly, we did not make it to Christ of the Abyss; an hour boat ride on rough seas was about all I could handle, so concurs the eight inch bruise that lasted almost 2 weeks on my thigh from the side of the boat as I went flying into it; heart in throat. Battle scars make for great stories though!
Snorkeling under the Coast Guard light house at Alligator Reef was absolutely breathtaking! Cold steel meets the warm waters of the Gulf and the vast array of tropical fish darting beneath the surface just waiting to be discovered. It was phenomenal. Words cannot do it justice. It was worth putting all fears aside and stepping on a boat just to marvel at the simplistic beauty of life on a most primitive level; beneath the waves on the reef where the ocean and the sky blend together in the most perfect color blue.
I can't thank my brother, Justin, enough for taking us out (and diving with the camera into the reef to get a few pictures for me as well). My stepmother for driving, and my sister for letting me borrow her underwater camera since I didn't have enough time to get one. I may not like boats, but the hour trip to the reef was well worth the chance to snorkel with the indigenous barracuda and thousands of other fish. To be able to swim through schools of fish was absolutely breathtaking. I honestly have no words left to attempt to describe how amazing snorkeling in Key Largo was, so I will let the few pictures speak the words that I just cannot find for such an amazing experience.
One of the many indigenous barracuda we had the pleasure of snorkeling with.
This lovely was about fifteen feet down, thankfully!
First stop, under the lighthouse! Schools upon schools of fish!
Snorkeled right on through with the local population, hoping no barracuda popped up.
On that lovely colorful note, it is well past my bed time and I must join the nine to five world again tomorrow. I promise not so long of a wait before posting SoFL Volume Three. There is still plenty more tales of adventuring, or perhaps I should say tails! Lions and tigers and bears, more aptly put in this case, alligators and wolves and giraffes!