I’m almost done recapping the Mother-Sons trips I took during my blogging break, and it makes me so happy to have them all documented. This post is a photo journal of the Key West Trip I took with the boys last year (2018).
We flew Southwest from BWI to Miami for a long road trip weekend through the keys.
Looking through the photos, I remember all the good times but thinking back, I can also re-live the anxiety about this trip. I was working full-time at a pretty stressful job, unsure of my career, overwhelmed with the amount of time I was, or rather wasn’t, spending with the boys, and the whole trip felt just rushed.
On top of all that it was me alone with a 7 and 13-year-old, two very challenging ages, but I digress.
We arrived in Fr. Lauderdale super late and picked up the rental car, a convertible Mustang, and made the hour ride to Florida City to spend the night.
The 13-Year-Old and I rented the same car on our Pacific Highway trip a few years ago, and we had a blast, so we decided it was worth the extra expense to do it again.
We woke up the next day, ready to hit the open road. First stop, a little butterfly garden in Crocodile Lake.
I don’t recommend it. It’s not worth the detour as wasn’t well maintained nor was there anything else around that is open to the public.
I do recommend, however, Key Lime Pie Factory where we all tried our first ever slice of Key Lime Pie!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I went 42 years of my life, never trying Key Lime Pie. I don’t know WHAT I was thinking. Delicious!
We had a few stops picked out on our way to Key West, and one of them was a lifesaver.
Theater of the Seas is an excellent spot for kids with lots of animals and shows to see. We all really enjoyed it. My favorite was the turtles!
The kids’ favorite was the swimming hole in the back of the place.
See… my boys are fish. ALL they want to do is swim and, I mean, we’re on an island so you’d like this would be easy? However, getting to the coast in the keys is surprisingly difficult. It’s not how I imagined. So we spend the better part of the morning on this little beach.
Once they were sufficiently tired, we got back on the road. They took naps, and I tried to find the No Name Pub so we could stop for lunch.
It was a fun little spot off the beaten path. Food was excellent, and the atmosphere was really laid back.
I have NO idea what the kids are looking at in this photo. There was probably a TV on the wall.
While we were there, we noticed a doe poking her head through the back door of the restaurant. Apparently, people must have fed her previously because she wasn’t scared of humans at all. It was a cool experience for the boys.
We even took a selfie with her.
After a bit more driving, we finally made it to our Key West hotel. The kids got in some pool time, and I enjoyed a Pain Killer, my now new favorite drink!
This was the first time I’ve ever ordered a drink on a Mother-Sons trip, ever! I told you, I was just so stressed at this time. Looking back, however, all I remember is the good time we had and the moments like this one where the boys were coloring together at breakfast the next day.
After breakfast, we headed to Ft. Zachary State park so the boys could get some beach time in. I told you, they are fish. Especially this guy!
This park is beautiful, and the water is pristine. It’s also the only beach in Key West, I believe.
We left the beach on the hunt for some food and discovered Banana Cafe.
Great little lunch spot. The service was meh, but the food was good.
From there we strolled around a bit in the hot sun. The boys were about to kill me, but there were a few spots I wanted to see, like The Southernmost House.
And the Southernmost point.
When the kids saw the line to take a photo they were like, no friggin’ way (so was I) so we just snapped a quick selfie.
After that, we headed back to the hotel to relax. The 7-Year-Old and I went to see Incredibles 2 in the theater, and the 13-Year-Old stayed in the hotel to sleep. He was wiped.
The next morning, it was back on the road!
Boondocks in Ramrod Key had the only minigolf course we could find in the keys, and this kid is a minigolf fanatic. It was a must!
We were back on the road after the golf game and a slice of frozen key lime pie headed to Robbies of Islamadora for our fishing trip. On the way, we stopped for lunch, and I captured another fun bother moment. I hope they grow up to remember these times and look back fondly.
The chartered fishing trip was the highlight of the vacation for me.
I even caught a stingray!
Our captain was friendly, and we had were blessed with beautiful weather and a breathtaking sunset.
That night I made reservations at a little bed and breakfast called Casa Thorn, which I believe has since closed!
It was a quirky place with a pool. They made us breakfast, and we slept in a single room outside. The boys will never forget it. I’m sure. The 13-Year-Old wasn’t so thrilled we’d have to share a bed. His reaction was priceless.
The next morning we headed back to the airport. On the way, I stopped at Coral Castle.
I loved it, but the boys were done. I ran them ragged for four days.
All in all, it was a great trip. I’m so happy I got a chance to share it!
For more Mother-Sons adventures, check out some of our previous trips…
- 2018 – The Florida Keys
- 2017 – Epic Texas Roadtrip
- 2016 – Main, Montreal and Upstate NY
- 2015 – Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming with kayaking in Grand Teton
- 2014 – Pacific Coast Highway!
- 2013 – Rafted on the Green River
- 2012 – Washington DC
- 5 Reasons I Make Travel a Priority for My Kids.