On our way back from Florida we took a little detour through New Orleans. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time there because we arrived in the afternoon and continued on the next morning. We had to stop at the famous Café du Monde for beignets and café au lait.
One of my favorite Florida pictures…..my girls, walking along the beach, and it almost looks like they’re holding hands. Which they are most certainly NOT! 😉
(Taken with my iPhone)
That.Was.Awesome!!! Highly recommend it…and if you can afford it, take a private tour on a small airboat, not a big one like we did, because that would be even more awesome!
I left my Nikon safely in the car and all these pictures were taken with my iPhone
Our tour guide. He was funny….and knew all the alligators by name
Key West Lighthouse
View from the top of the Lighthouse
Southernmost Point in the continental US. There was a loooong line of people waiting to pose for pictures and I decided to just take a quick snap between tourists 😉
We spent two days in the Florida Keys this past June. The first day we drove all the way to Key West, and on the second day we spent some time at Bahia Honda State Park at the beach.
The view from the top of Key West Lighthouse. The house with the red roof is the southernmost house in the US.
What a lucky day it was when we visited Cape Florida Lighthouse on Key Biscayne. They were just about to lock up the lighthouse for the day, but said that if we made it quick, we could climb to the top. I don’t think we ever climbed a lighthouse faster than this one and practically ran the 119 steps to the top. Melissa doesn’t like the tight spiraling lighthouse steps and chose to wait for us at the bottom.
First glimpse of the lighthouse above the trees
Ocean view from the top
Walking away from the lighthouse, in search of the beach
Lighthouse view from the beach access
Another beautiful Florida lighthouse (also called Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse)
Loved the stairs!
Spotted this beautiful church when we were driving through St. Augustine and talked hubby into finding a place to park so we could walk to it and take some pictures. We only saw the outside of it though.
Absolutely loved St. Augustine Lighthouse. Beautiful lighthouse, and beautiful grounds.
Couldn’t get the rest of the family to get into the shot with me, so it’s just a selfie (of some sort) in the “tourist mirror”. What a clever idea to put it there, don’t you think?
Did catch Mel unaware that she was going to be in my shot. (Evil mom!!)
View of the lighthouse keeper’s house from one of the lighthouse windows
View from the top
Another view from the top
And the awesome stairs, on our way back down
Our first stop after crossing into Florida was Pensacola Lighthouse. We had to drive through the Naval Air Station to get to it, and once at the top of the lighthouse, could watch airplanes taking off and landing. If you’re really lucky you can see the Blue Angels practicing (no such luck for us)
Getting our feet wet in the warm Gulf waters
View from the beach
No flip-flops allowed! The girls and I had to climb the lighthouse barefoot. There was even someone at the bottom of the stairs, making sure everyone deposited their flip-flops in a little cubby before climbing to the top. (I thought that was kind of fun and didn’t mind at all…although the kids didn’t agree with me)
Beautiful white sandy beaches. What really surprised me that the sand was cool to the touch and not burning hot like sandy beaches normally are.
Beaches, beaches, and more beaches….. oh, and seashells, water, and palm trees. Pure heaven!
Sanibel Island (my favorite place in Florida! Yup, I’d take Sanibel over Disney!)
Seashells on Vilano Beach, St. Augustine
Boardwalk to the beach,
Vilano Beach, St. Augustine
Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys
Watching Sara brave the waves on the boogie board, Destin
My shadow in the sand, Destin
Beach bum Guardian of the beach chairs, Melissa. She refused to even put on her swim suit with the cover-up
Lone palm tree, Pensacola Beach
** All pictures taken with my iPhone
We spent two wonderful weeks in Florida last June, driving across and then south along the Atlantic coast all the way to Key West, then back towards home along the Gulf coast.
It rained almost every day (with the exception of ONE) but thankfully the timing wasn’t too bad and it usually rained when we were driving from one destination to the next.
We saw some lighthouses and climbed to the top of most of them. This is Cape Florida.
We saw the most amazing rainbow that lasted well over an hour! This picture was taken from our hotel room balcony
Did I mention we saw some lighthouses?? This one is Pensacola Lighthouse as we were walking back from the beach.
Of course a slice of Key Lime Pie (or in this case Key Lime ice-cream pie!) is a MUST!
In Destin, Florida I even got a tattoo!! Just a henna tattoo…still too chicken for a real one. After I reassured Sara that it didn’t hurt at all, she got one, too.
** All pictures were taken with my iPhone