“Life is better when you add fresh air, a warm campfire, bright stars and s’mores.” —Unknown
Key West. For me, the name conjures visions of spectacular sunsets, crystal blue water, waking up to the sound of crowing roosters, and warm ocean breezes. It's a place we adore and find ourselves returning to over and over again. As the southernmost inhabited Florida key, Key West, also known as the Conch (pronounced KONK) Republic, is historic, quirky, distinct, rowdy, colorful, laid back and it has a distinct culture and rhythm all its own.
When was the last time you actually used a paper map? Except for areas where cell services is limited (Oh! The horror!) or satellite service may be unreliable, the use of paper maps that unfolded to fill the front seat of the car and were impossible to refold to original form seems to be a distant memory. Instead, with modern technology, most of us have come to rely on, and can't function without, the various, convenient forms of GPS tools available to navigate as we travel. Most of these tools are demanding in their directions to turn here and there, and once in a while, they actually get you lost or deviate your trip without much warning. They are great tools but not that entertaining, right? Well, recently I discovered a great tool called GyPSy Guide that took us turn by turn through Miami to Key West and made our trip a lot more fun.
As we travel, we enjoy botanical gardens of all shapes and sizes but at home, we are lucky enough to have Norfolk Botanical Garden on our back doorstep where we can enjoy beautiful flowers all spring and summer and a spectacular holiday light display in the winter. This family-friendly spot is a great place to host a wedding or just spend an afternoon.