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Florida – Dolphin Research Center


Before I tell you all about the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, I’ll show you instead a video that one of the volunteers made. This video is not all glamor but shows you exactly what you will encounter when you stop there to see the Dolphins. It will run about 3 minutes so sit back and enjoy these gorgeous fish.

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Key Lime Pie in the Florida Keys

I absolutely cannot write a blog without mentioning the famous Key Lime Pie. I couldn’t leave Key West without trying a slice.  After stuffing myself with Mahi Mahi, I had to ask the server to box my piece of pie up for later. I did have it later, about an hour later because the pie kept beckoning me to eat it, I swear! Here it is or what is left of it!

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In almost every eatery in the Florida Keys and especially in Key West you can find Key Lime pies. People argue about the crust, if it should be made with graham crackers or pie dough, but no one really knows where the first key lime pie was made. We do know the authentic filling of a key lime pie in the Florida Keys is light yellow.

Some people believe that William Curry, a ship salvager from Key West and a very rich man had a cook named Aunt Sally who created the pie in the late 1800′s. Historians aren’t so sure. Finally in 1930 someone thought to write the recipe down. Before the 1930′s there was no refrigeration in the Keys, so cook’s used canned sweetened condensed milk which made the pie smooth and delicious. Which was a good thing as far as I am concerned. Continue reading

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Key West Florida– Biker Bar


Attention all you bikers out there, if you are in Key West you have to stop by the Hog’s Breath Saloon! Even if you’re not a biker, stop in anyway at this outdoor bar on Front Street. The first video is of the bike’s and at that moment we really hated that we left ours behind.

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Keys Vacations – A guide to vacationing in the Florida Keys

keys Keys Vacations – A guide to vacationing in the Florida Keys

There are so many websites about the perfect Keys Vacations with loads of information that you may find valuable for your next trip. But we’ve been there firsthand.  In February of 2010 my husband and I decided to take a much needed two week vacation. We live in Pennsylvania, and it was cold, damp and dreary with no signs of the cold weather letting up. Continue reading

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Florida – State parks in the keys

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There are quite a few state parks in the Keys.  Right now I’m going to tell you about the Bahia Honda State Park. This is a beautiful place because the beaches are something you don’t see too often in the keys. You probably found out by now most of the beaches in the Keys are natural, meaning not very nice to go visit! This is an exception. Continue reading

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Florida Keys – Best Time To Travel

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Are you thinking perhaps you are ready to plan your trip to the Florida Keys but aren’t sure what time of year to travel? I think personally it depends on when you want to vacation, what time of year you can go and just your own personal preference.  In this post, I’ll try to give you all the information so that you can make an informed decision on when is the right time for you. Continue reading

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Coral Reef State Park



At mile marker 102.5 lies the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in the Florida Keys. Fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, snorkeling, scuba tours are just a few of the variety of stuff to do here. I have to tell you that this place is full of rich history. It was the first undersea park created in the whole USA. It encompasses 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps along with the National Marine Sanctuary. The reason this park was established was to protect the only living coral reef in the United States.

check out this video done by akatex1964 on you tube. It’s from a dive where the famous Christ of the Abyss lies. Continue reading

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