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homeward bound
Wrenn and I are now sitting in Fort Lauderdale's airport, heading home after the finest vacation in the history of the universe. This trip was a joint birthday present for both of us -- Wrenn's and my birthdays are two weeks apart -- from both our travelling companions and my parents. The former paid for the accommodations, the latter paid for our airfare. We were able to cover the rental car that took us from south Florida to Key West (and also to the other side of the island on Sunday to visit the Martello fort museums), and the entire trip was a hilarious argument among me, Wrenn, Meredith, and Anne to see who would pay for everything else. ("I'll take the check." "Shut up, put your wallet away." "At least let me cover the tip." "No, I won't tell you how much it is, we're covering this one." And so on.)

It was a magical trip. Meredith enjoyed seeing the places that are in the various Cassie Zukav stories, including Captain Tony's (the model for Mayor Fred's), the Old Town Manor (the model for the Bottroff House), Pincher's Crab Shack (the model for Em's), the Mallory Square pier (where the, ahem, climax of "Down to the Waterline" takes place), the Hemingway House, the Little White House, and the Key West cemetery (all seen in Cayo Hueso), and the Fort East Martello Museum (seen in "William Did It"). And in general, it was a relaxing wonderful trip.

I even got to see places I hadn't been to before, which is a neat trick for a place I've been going to on and off for 23 years: the butterfly conservatory and the Key West Garden Club. Plus we got to take Meredith and Anne on the ghost tour, which was huge fun, and we went to the Fort East Martello Museum and saw a sunset and shopped and, of course, spent a ton of time communing with the cats in the Hemingway House. And we spent lots of time in the Schooner Wharf Bar, my favorite watering hole (with Captain Tony's a very close second).

If you ever go to Key West, and are not allergic to cats, I strongly recommend the Angelina Guest House, which is off the main drag of Duval, but not so far off that you can't walk there easily, it's got a lovely pool and garden, and they have Finn, the friendliest cat ever. And they bake their own cinnamon rolls for breakfast. And the coffee's fantastic. Really, no flaws in the place whatsoever. :)

We're already talking about our next trip down. As it is, I've hatched a few more Cassie story notions, and also did some research for another non-Cassie Key West story for an anthology that should be announced soon.

Now, though, we're about to board our plane to NYC. More anon.....................

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: "Southern Cross" by Crosby, Stills, & Nash

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woofiegrrl From: woofiegrrl Date: April 26th, 2016 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I consider showing you a place in Key West you hadn't seen before (the butterfly conservatory) to be a pretty damn epic win.
ebenbrooks From: ebenbrooks Date: April 26th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the Simon and Garfunkel earworm. ;-)
marinarusalka From: marinarusalka Date: April 26th, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy belated birthday!

One of these days I'll make it to Key West again...
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