Before we go any further, I have some good news!
No, I haven’t gotten lipo, nor have I had my neck goiter removed, and Clooney still won’t admit it’s me he lusts after and his marriage was a huge mistake.
It’s better than all three of those things put together. Some of you already know, but for those of you who don’t…
BEAU IS FREE!!!!
It happened shortly after I wrote this post asking for your help, and so many of you did just that and your voices made a difference. After four long months, that sweet baby is finally out of that hell hole and with his owner where he belongs.
If you ever are tempted to think your voice won’t make a difference, think again. It does, and it did!! Thank you!
Now on to our trip. Right now we’re in Key Largo, and we’re staying in a houseboat. Here’s a picture of the outside:
And here’s a picture, just before sunset, from the front of the houseboat. If you look closely at the horizon, you can see part of the Everglades. We were going to kayak over there yesterday, but it looked a bit far so we just went around the canals in the area and were lucky enough to see a couple of Manatee, which seem to thrive in the Keys.
This is the spot where the above picture was taken. It’s where Fisherman casts his rod (that sounded weird. Anyway, he’s actually out there right now and it’s 10:00 p.m.) and where we have our morning coffee.
A friend said the houseboat looks like Olive and Popeye live here, and she’s right! The outside is super cute, but the inside, well, that’s another story. It’s a bit cramped, to say the least. If you want to see pics of the inside, you can go here, which is the airbnb website we booked it through.
Before staying here, we were in Lake Worth and although I showed you the house we stayed in in this post, I thought I’d show you a few of the cute homes in the immediate area as well and give you some of the highlights of the trip thus far.
Lake Worth is what is described as the ‘old Key West’, before it became commercialized. It’s worlds apart from its immediate neighbor to the north, Palm Beach, and even Boynton Beach to the south. Not surprisingly, it was built as a community to house the workers who tended to the estates in Palm Beach, which accounts for their small size and modest interiors.
This is actually the backyard of a house that caught my eye, and I didn’t even realize it was the back until we biked around the corner and stumbled upon the front (which is the third picture).
On our first night here, we decided to walk to town (about a 7 minute walk) for dinner. Good thing we were walking, because when we opened our front door we noticed the street was blocked off by the police on both sides, making it impossible to drive out. When we asked what was going on, they told us they were checking for a ‘suspicious’ package. Well, there were more cops in the neighborhood looking for this package than at a donut sale, I’m talking maybe at least a dozen cop cars, and then we saw the robot that was designed to find bombs. Have you ever seen one of them? They’re pretty big, and pretty cool looking! I wish I had gotten a picture, but it was moving pretty fast and by the time I stumbled to get my phone, the moment had passed. We never did hear any more about it after that. It didn’t seem to be in the news or anything, which was a bit strange.
This next house was one of my favorites, although it was hard to pick an absolute favorite. It had a nice detached garage and a very private yard on a corner lot, and I’m a sucker for white picket fences and arbors.
Keep in mind that for every cute house you see, there’s a half dozen that could use a little TLC. Lake Worth is by no means a ritzy area, but not surprisingly, the closer you get to the beach, the nicer the homes, and we were about four blocks away.
This cottage had so many Victorian type details that I loved, but I especially liked the colorful ‘fish scale’ gate out in front in the next picture!
I’m pretty sure this gate was featured in a brochure about Lake Worth. Don’t you just love it?
Wildlife never seems to be too far away while walking, and they have no qualms about letting you take a picture.
This little guy walked up to me, rubbed my leg and flashed his baby blues. Photo op!
Cats are everywhere in Lake Worth it seems. People either have a cat or a dog, or several!
A few nights after we arrived, our power went out. It was due to a nearby house fire which somehow blew a transformer (it was an electrical fire). We walked over two blocks to see the house and learned the owner, who was a hoarder (probably still is), had 13 cats. Most of them survived, but not all. 🙁 The house was completely destroyed. It took the firefighters hours to control the fire due to the clutter inside the home. We went by the next day and the back of the house, which was where the fire started, was completely destroyed, and the front wasn’t much better.
Less than 10 minutes north in Palm Beach, you’ll see countless estates similar to these. I couldn’t get pictures of the really elaborate ones because they’re somewhat hidden behind walls and/or shrubbery and they just wouldn’t make for good blog pics, but you get the idea. And you know what? Most of these homes are occupied only a couple of months throughout the year, if that! I guess the rest of the time they’re in Paris, or the Hamptons, or the Alps…
The weather was mostly in the low 70’s with very low humidity. Great for biking, which we did a fair amount of, or even going to the beach as long as it wasn’t windy. At night, we would walk to town and have dinner at one of the many restaurants, come home and binge watch Orange is the New Black or Blacklist on Netflix.
Here in Key Largo, our houseboat doesn’t even have a tv, but the good part of that is I have more time for blogging :).
In other news…
Please keep in mind all these pictures were taken with my cell phone, and on top of that I’m not editing at all. It’s really difficult blogging without my Mac and Lightroom while on vacation, but I’m still making every effort to visit you all as much as possible, which is usually at night before I hit the sheets. Our next stop is Englewood where we will be staying in an RV, then Madeira Beach in a small apartment located directly on the beach. Right now, it’s snowing again in Massachusetts, so we fully expect to come home to snow and ice. I told Fisherman he can go back, but not before dropping me off after taking a small detour to Tahiti. Do you think they have Margaritas there? 😉