The Kenny Chesney song goes,
“All I want for Christmas is a real good tan.
Take me to the islands, put my feet in the sand.
Rockin’ to and fro with the rhythm of the ocean
Singin’ Silent Night with the palm trees a blowing.”
And we went to Key West and the wind was surely blowing. A beautiful weekend doing things a little differently than most Key West trips. We drove down and camped. And the wind was crazy, but we got our little tent set up on the point by the water and got a little fire going. The stars at night above the palm trees and the moonlight on the water were heaven sent. We spent the next few days exploring, away from the crowds and the noise of Duval Street. We snuck down little alleyways, following roosters to breakfast. We made good use of our State Park pass and visited Fort Zachary Taylor and its amazing views and beaches two days in a row. We drank our fill of cafe con leche and surrendered to guava pastries and pineapple pancakes. We ate shrimp and hogfish off the grill in the dark by the light of a plastic star that we bought at the Kmart on the island. (And yes, we found the Yarn Shop!)
After being cooped up for quite some time, it was wonderful to take a long drive and see some things we had not seen before. This trip was less people-y than trips in the past, but can’t say it was any less enjoyable. The colors of Key West definitely put the cap on our holiday colors. We actually dreamt them up before the trip, but really felt them in the architecture and the beaches and the flora. And ya’ll, did you know that iguanas come out and sun themselves right on A1A in the afternoon?! How have I never seen them before? I was obsessed with them!!!
So, non traditional color for our holiday season. Hibiscus red, Palm Tree green and Toasted Coconut white. Flamingo and Island Water, Joyful, Lights on the Beach, Festive and Mkeka. You’ll see them popping up in the shop over the next week. Hope you enjoy our celebration of color.