March 4-9, 2016
We decided to go to Key West over Spring Break for the simple fact that we had never been there. We flew in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday night and stayed at an airport close to the hotel. The next day, we got going early and drove to Key West. On the way, we stopped at an outlet mall for a little shopping. The drive to Key West we very scenic with lots of long bridges and oceans. On the way, we stopped at a good seafood place. In Key West, we were staying at the Waldorf Casa Marina. We settled in and then explored the hotel and the town. The main strip, Duval Street, is within walking distance of the hotel. It was a little more “adult” than we thought with lot’s of drunk people. The kids also got to see a very friendly transgender guy/girl. We found an awesome Key Lime pie place and each had a piece.
On Sunday, we had breakfast a french cafe and walked around the town. Then, we spent the day at the pool and playing games at the Waldorf. I didn’t put sunscreen on immediately and ended up with an awful sunburn. That night, we got dinner at a food truck and watched the sunset at the point. Susan and Natalie started getting sick so they went back to the hotel. I walked back and picked up a Key Lime Pie. Our plan was to watch the last episode of Downton Abbey and eat pie. Downton wasn’t on their TV, so we just at pie.
We got up early on Monday morning and drove to Orlando. On the way, we stopped in Port Lucie. Trey and I went to a New York Mets spring training game and the girls went to the mall. At the game, Trey got a few balls and autographs, as usual. We finished out drive to Orlando and checked into our hotel, the Walt Disney World Swan. Later, we went to Downtown Disney and met the Knox family. They were in Orlando all week. We ate at Wolfgang Puck Express, my favorite, and then walked around the stores for a while. When we got back to the hotel, we walked over to the Boardwalk hotels and walked around. It is really close to the Swan.
Tuesday we got up early and with to the Magic Kingdom. We were there before the gates opened. We met Chris and Holly Moore and the Knox’s again and hung out on and off all day. Our first ride was the Dwarf Mine train. It was our first time to ride it, so we all rushed to it first thing. The park got pretty crowded in the middle of the day. We did the fireworks show and closed the park down.
Wednesday, we had a flight out in the early afternoon. In the morning, we spent some time at the pool at the Swan. We drove to the Orlando airport, where we returned our car, and flew home.