On that count, we scored completely. The Florida Keys served up five days of almost constant eighty degrees,
The trip? Fantabulous. (Believe it or not, that word passes spell-check.) Kayaking through the mangroves. Wandering the Everglades among the gators, crocs, and more cool birds than one can imagine. And even though tourist towns aren’t really our
Living up to my reputation for doing somewhat foolish things, on the day before Dearest Spouse and I flew south, I ventured out for a twenty-one miler with my training bud Issam (he of vague nomenclature that only weeks ago defined for himself a new blog name, which was subsequently vetoed by his local familial authority, and now has elected to be called “The Real Deal” in these pages). Considering how poorly my training has been going, I felt the need to stab at a twenty and assess the State of the Union. Real Deal felt the same need, so stab we did.
It occurred to me that inflicting such damage just before our grand expedition could have been a serious buzz kill. Fortunately, I got away with it, and our getaway went unmarred. Through the travel day, the kayak day, and the Key West day, I gave the body a rare three-day break from running, and the body rewarded me by not feeling even remotely sore from the long outing.
Wrong number two was somewhat expected, based on prior map research, but surprising in its ferocity. For all the pleasures that they Keys dangle to lure visitors, the truth is that they are in large part a lousy place to run. First,
Translating this to reality, I slogged up the tiny slope from beach level at the back of the hotel to highway level and headed southwest, traffic roaring past. First chance available, I cut off the highway, but that street extended only a
Places like this remind you of what you’ve got back home. New England might be cold and snowy, but we’ve got back roads, your choice of hills from killer to the occasional
Go to the Keys to kayak the mangroves at Pennekamp. Go to the Keys to wander the beaches. Go to the Keys for the funkiness and history of Key West. Go to the Keys so you can sneak back to the mainland and check out the Everglades. Go to the