Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Our Key West Adventure: Day 4

First things first---workout Wednesday was successfully completed at 6:15 a.m.(!) We’ve gotten a little (read: a lot) off track, but we’re turning things around. Brad and I started a 12 week training program yesterday, hoping that it will keep us motivated. So far so good—we’re two days into the program and have successfully completed two workouts. Yesterday’s workout consisted of exercises for the chest and triceps, and today’s workout was all about biceps and back. My arms are already hurting!

And now, back to our Key West Adventure.

Day four started a little bit differently. After spending some time at the house, we headed out on the boat for a day on the water. Our first stop was Marvin Key, a spot known well to Key West locals and is only accessible by boat. The beach is absolutely beautiful and sandbars appear out of nowhere, allowing you to walk in the middle of the ocean! Aunt Beth and Uncle Gabby’s neighbors, Heather and Gema, joined us for the day, along with the dogs. Check out this view!

We spent about an hour at Marvin Key before the weather became a bit iffy. We headed back toward Sugarloaf key and did some exploring of a hidden canal, where there are the remains of bridge that burned down years ago.

 The canal

Our fearless captain

 The burnt bridge...and a dog playing in the water.

 Heather and Gema on the boat.

Because the weather wasn’t quite cooperating, we headed back to shore and spend the afternoon at a pool near the house.

After out time at the pool, Brad and I headed to the house to get ready for our date. Since Valentine ’s Day was the Tuesday after we got home, we decided to celebrate on Saturday night in Key West. What could be better than that?

Brad’s Aunt and Uncle had given us a gift certificate for Michael’s, a restaurant in Key West. The gift certificate was for fondue, so we decided to take advantage of it! Our plan was to have the fondue as an appetizer, and then order entrees. The waiter assured us that the fondue was a meal itself, so we ordered two appetizers and enjoyed the fondue. We’re certainly glad that we took his advice—the plate of “dippers” for the fondue was enormous! 

                            A seafood crepe appetizer                                 Brad enjoying the dinner
                                     The "dippers"                                  The fondue pot--we had a pesto fondue

After dinner, we walked around downtown Key West for a bit before heading to our second restaurant of the evening for dessert. Aunt Beth had mentioned a place called Better Than Sex, and had a menu for this dessert restaurant in her binder of menus. We were able to get a reservation and very much enjoyed our dessert! The restaurant was dark and cozy, and unfortunately, not conducive to photos. There were lots of candles, and you had to read the menu by flashlight. There were also games at each table (we had 20 Questions), which we played until our goodies arrived. We split a piece of "Between my Red Velvet Sheets" Cheesecake--my favorite part was the delicious chocolate cookie dough crust. I’m going to have to try to figure out how they made it! We also shared some chocolate Pinot Noir hot pepper ice cream—it was definitely interesting, and I’m glad that we tried it.

After our wonderful date, we headed back to the house. Stay tuned for an update on our last full day in Key West!

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