Archive for the ‘Fishing’ Category

Where Do You Go On Vacation, When You Live in Key West?

April 29, 2008

Everyone asks us:  Where do you vacation?

When we moved to the Florida Keys, one of the top vacation destinations in Florida, we didn’t think vacations were going to be a problem.  After all, everything the Keys have to offer us is just a short trip by car or boat:

  • Key West – the history, the nightlife, the beaches, the eclectic shopping, the sunset, the bars, the eclectic people
  • the Reef
  • the offshore fishing
  • the Backcountry
  • the water sports
  • nature walks
  • the festivals and holidays
  • snorkeling and SCUBA diving
  • kayaking
  • bicycling
  • the secluded islands
  • the restaurants
  • the bars
  • “swim with the dolphins”
  • SNUBA
  • the Turtle Hospital
  • Marathon
  • Key Largo
  • Bahia Honda Beach
  • Fort Zachary Taylor
  • Sunset Cruises
  • the Dry Tortugas

But residents of this vacation community do run out of things to do.

So we went to Hawaii and visited the Islands.  Yeah they have a bit more sand, and a little less backcountry, but the reef in the Florida Keys, particularly Looe Key, is prettier.  The air temperature and pleasant humidity was identical to Key West, but the ocean water much colder.  So why did we just spend 18 hours in airports and on planes getting to place not much different from back home?

And we went to the Everglades and took the mandatory boat ride through the mangroves.  And the tram ride and walks along the rivers.  But other than the occasional American alligator which don’t gravitate to the Keys, it was a lot like home.  Beautiful wildlife – herons, gulls, hawks and hundreds of other birds and animals – just like home in the Florida Keys.

And then we took the obligatory trip to Orlando, which deserves its own page.  But hardly worth a trip back.

All in all, coming home to Key West and the Florida Keys was the best part of all these vacations away – there’s no place like home!

More at: http://123FloridaKeys.com

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A Fish with Legs Discovered in the Everglades

April 15, 2008

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I can see the tabloid headings now, as soon as they find this picture: A Fish with Legs Discovered by a Computer in the Everglades!

I’ve taken over 50,000 pictures since we moved to the Florida Keys.  A small percentage make it out to be displayed on the mantel, or shared with family and friends.  But most remain hidden away in the “virtual shoe box” I call my hard drive.

I’ve recently tried out an automatic tagging service.  Wouldn’t it be great if those 50,000 pictures on Flickr were magically cataloged.  Then when I need one of my photos of a “beautiful sunset in Key West” all I would have to do is type it in, and “bingo” – I’d only have to look through about 2,000 pictures I’ve taken of the beautiful sunsets (and sunrises) in Key West…  and Cudjoe Key… and the rest of the Florida Keys… and the rest of Florida… and Alaska…  Alright, maybe the service will notice the mountains in the picture and know that picture wasn’t taken in Key West.

So I tried it out!  After the service cataloged some 38,000 of my photos, I typed in “fish”.  The first picture the service pulled up was a river in the Everglades.  It was kind of cool shot, but I had quickly discarded it into the “virtual shoe box” as somewhat mundane and ordinary.

But now the photo looked a little more interesting.  And I might have never found this neat picture if I weren’t looking for a picture of a “fish”.

Isn’t technology wonderful?  Wonder what will come up if I search for “turtle”?