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SoFL, Volume 2

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.

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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.

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One of the many indigenous barracuda we had the pleasure of snorkeling with.
This lovely was about fifteen feet down, thankfully!

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First stop, under the lighthouse! Schools upon schools of fish!
Snorkeled right on through with the local population, hoping no barracuda popped up.

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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!

Posted by JenniElle 20:31 Tagged boats fish water boat ocean keys florida underwater lighthouse snorkeling sailboat fl keylargo Comments (0)

....oh but we're itching to fly!

71 °F

Two more days.

Two more days and we have a 6:20 pm flight out of Hartford and into Ft. Myers, Florida where we get to spend 10 glorious days with my sister and her husband. Away from work, responsibility, Massachusetts, and with a jam packed itinerary of Floridian fun along with the heat and humidity that go with it! I absolutely cannot wait. I will miss my family and my furries, though.

I'm sitting here on my sofa writing a blog entry and I should be packing. 10 minutes ago, I was walking around my living room with my brandy new teal flippers and swim goggles on. They just came in the mail today and I was very excited! Yes, nagging brain, I should be packing. However, I'd rather blog about my new snorkel set!

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I've been waiting for a week and a half for these, though! They are very pretty! The fins are short...I feel like they're very frog like. Although, I guess that is the point. They're worth mentioning since they will be christened on a jump over to Key Largo to go visit my brother in the U.S. Coast Guard and take a snorkeling trip to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to see Christ of the Abyss. I will be borrowing an underwater camera for this trip; more to come!

Procrastination always gets the best of me, especially with packing. I promised myself that I would not procrastinate and I would be packed at least three days before we left this time. Not like NC in May when I was packing until 2 am the night before we left. I even bought new luggage! You'd think that would help. Nope! I am officially the queen of procrastination. I'm actually laughing at myself while I write this because I still need to do laundry in order to be able to pack everything I want to bring. Then I will probably unpack once because I have too many things wedged into my suitcase and realize it's just ridiculous; weed out about 1/3 of it, and repack everything. I'm 32. There's still hope that I'll give up my procrastinating ways, right?

Until next time, here's a picture from this 4th of July. My babe and I spent it, as tradition, at the Millbury fireworks (a day late this year thanks to Hurricane Arthur).

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Posted by JenniElle 18:17 Archived in USA Tagged sky carnival fireworks snorkeling snorkel wanderlust 4thofjuly procrastination Comments (0)

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