Key West

11/28 -- 12/1/2019 

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Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States and the westernmost island connected by highway in the Florida Keys.  It lies at the southernmost end of U.S. Route 1, the longest north-south road in the United States all the way from the border of Canada to Key West in Florida. Key West is about 90 miles from Cuba at their closest points; in fact, Key West is closer to Havana than it is to Miami.  Like most tropical climates, Key West has only a small difference in monthly mean temperatures between the coolest month (January, 69.3F or 20.7C) and the warmest month (July, 84.5F or 29.2C), but has a two-season wet (from May to October) and dry (from November to April) climate.  Key West is famous for watersports, lively nightlife, beaches, historic sites and its pastel, conch-style architecture.  

Getting there ...

We had a red-eye flight on the night before (11:55PM) and arrived in Fort Lauderdale at about 11AM.  Although it was the Thanksgiving holiday, the travel and traffic was not too bad at all.  It was a long drive (~190 miles) to go through Florida Keys via numerous islands and bridges to Key West.

 

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Fort Jefferson is a massive but unfinished coastal fortress. It is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere, and is composed of more than 16 million bricks.  Fort Jefferson was built to protect one of the most strategic deep-water anchorages in North America. By fortifying this spacious harbor, the United States maintained an important “advance post” for ships patrolling the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida.  Construction of Fort Jefferson was begun on Garden Key in December 1846.  Nearly thirty years in the making (1846-1875), Fort Jefferson was never finished nor fully armed.   During the Civil War, the fort was also used as a prison, mainly for Union deserters. Its most famous prisoner was Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who set the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth (who assassinated President Lincoln in 1865) .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After about 2.5 hours of exploring around the Fort Jefferson, we took the flight back to Key West at 11AM.  Landing and take-off on water were definitely an interesting and unique experience for this particular trip, not to mention the incredible aerial views of the most western end of Florida Keys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Going Home ...

We were back to Fort Lauderdale airport before noon and immediately felt the crowds of the Thanksgiving holiday travel.  We were put on the standby list for our first leg of flight (a short hop to Orlando) due to flight weight rebalance (we did not know exactly what it meant).  We got our seats 30 min before the scheduled departure time, but the flight was delayed for an hour.  When we got to Orlando, our 2nd leg of flight to SFO was delayed for more than 3 hours because there was a storm in San Francisco Bay Area and the air traffic control was in place to limit in-bound flights to SFO.  After a long dinner (we ordered an extra dessert and coffee) and a long wait, we were boarding and taking off at ~10PM local time, and we were finally back to home after 2AM to conclude our another honeymoon like Thanksgiving vacation.


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