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Vacation photos =) [Apr. 18th, 2003|05:05 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Here are the vacation photos! They might take a while to load, but they are worth it =)


We left early Sunday morning and arrived in Key Largo a few hours later. We went to a wonderful private bird sanctuary that a lady had made on her own property. Matt accidentally (in his excitement to see the ocean) stepped in a foul smelling ocean detritus quicksand stuff, but he pulled himself out ok, hehe. We went to Bahia Honda (a gorgeous beach) and went snorkeling! Later we drove out to Key West and had a blast looking at the shops and stuff! There were wild chickens and kitties (descended from Ernest Hemingway's multitude of cats on the island) everywhere! It was so cute! We ate at the Hard Rock Cafe which is in a restored victorian mansion, and we ate out on the front porch. We then walked around the waterfront and saw the cruise ships docked there - one of them was the Disney "Magic" - it was very impressive! After that we drove back to Key Largo and checked into the beach house we had rented. It was huge - a kitchen, two bedrooms, living room, dining room, three bathrooms - very nice. It had a private beach and dock in the backyard (it was on the ocean!) - too cool! The next day we went to John Pennekamp state park and went on the trails there. We went to the beach there as well and did some more snorkeling - we snorkeled around a very old Spanish shipwreck and saw cannons and a huge anchor! There were parrot fish everywhere - I felt like a mermaid =) We then went back to the beach house where Daddy and Robin went scuba diving in the ocean (right off the house's private dock) and saw some neat critters (like an "upside-down jellyfish"). After that we all went kayaking through the ocean - it was very pretty and fun! Later we walked from the house to a waterfront bar called "Coconuts" and had tropical drinks and a nice dinner (appetizers and gourmet vegetable pizzas). The next morning we got up early and drove through the beautiful Everglades - alligators and turtles were everywhere! It was a wonderful trip, I can't believe we packed so much into just a couple of days! Well - here are the photos!




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From: fairyart
2003-04-18 02:39 pm (UTC)
Wow... you had a beautiful view in the backyard!
and those swamps.. they're so gorgeous!!

I could, however, do without the giant lobster! I have a lobster/fish/crab phobia >_< lol that picture gave me goosebumps.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-04-18 02:44 pm (UTC)
Hehehe - it was really realistic looking too - a very well done sculpture ;)
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[User Picture]From: kaokame
2003-04-18 05:52 pm (UTC)
I love my lobster! He is beautiful and well represented. That is why I stand in front of him with pride!

Jasmine is naughty for putting that "surprised" picture of me up. I look weird! Bad Jasmine!
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From: lilackat
2003-04-18 08:10 pm (UTC)
Wow! You packed a lot in a little bit of time! It looks so beautiful there - the clear water, the blue skies, the everglade swamps! Just Gorgeous!
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From: delbutterfly
2003-04-18 09:12 pm (UTC)
I was thinking wow you guys did cram alot in your short time, but it all sounded like fun. I am curious how often the alligators get into people's houses and what people do about it.

And it sounds like you will get some great painting inpirations.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-04-19 06:38 am (UTC)
Hehe - I've seen some special "Alligator Control" trucks before (they're like a special division of Animal Control). There are numbers you can call and the trucks will come out, capture the alligator, and release it in an area further away from human habitation. Now that would be an interesting job!
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From: faerieshine
2003-04-18 09:14 pm (UTC)
Hehe- I hate to be the "mommy" here but I couldn't help noticing your very fair complexion. I have had several very unpleasant experiences with my extremely fair complexion and the sun (so much that I have a PERMANANT scar on one of my shoulders) that I must make sure you are wearing a lot of sunblock in Florida. Especially since you wear a lot of black. I pretty much own nothing but black clothing and boy does it absorb some sun, lol. Yeah... so that was my "mommy" duty for the day...=)

Oh, and of course the place looks really beautiful! Aren't the Everglades amazing? I went on a canoe trip through them on a camping trip a few years ago. I came VERY close to many many aligators...
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-04-19 06:40 am (UTC)
Hehe - I always wear a 50+ SPF sunblock, even if I don't go outside, lol. I am extremely fair and I burn like crazy if I even sit too close to a window! So far, the only problem I've had was with getting horrible burns on my scalp where my hair is parted (brushing my hair = ouch!). I've heard that there is a special sunblock that one can put on their hair - does anybody else know about that?
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From: faerieshine
2003-04-19 07:42 am (UTC)

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I feel your pain! I burn if I'm sitting in a car for too long. I almost always go on long trips in the car at night as to avoid being burned. Let me know if you find any sunblock for hair! I could really use that! I'm Irish and possess an extremely fair complexion. Good thing I'm nocturnal! =)
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[User Picture]From: tigerpixieart
2003-04-19 09:20 am (UTC)
Those are great pictures. I love the picture of the coconut tree and the swamp pictures are beautiful! We don't have any alligator control trucks here but we have had an alligator removed from a neighbors yard a few years ago.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-04-19 10:57 am (UTC)
Hehe - there are a few alligators in the lake our apartment is on, but I haven't seen one yet. I've seen photos of them here though, and there is an "It is against Florida law to molest the alligators..." sign poking out of the water, so we'll see...
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[User Picture]From: tigerpixieart
2003-04-19 10:01 pm (UTC)

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"Alligator Molester"! Lol, Ya, I feel bad for them. You know they've got to live somewhere too!
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2003-04-19 10:35 am (UTC)
Gorgeous, beautiful, amazing trip! It makes me feel warm and happy just looking at the pictures. Look at ALL THAT SUNLIGHT (even as i speak it is bucketing down grey rain here in KC. i have no problem with rain? does it have to be cold?)- anyway! Matt and i were talking tentatively about where we would move if we went south- we both hate cold intensely, so there is some incentive there... basically we would move anywhere south except Texas and probably not Mississippi. A lot would depend on where he could get a job-

about the sunburn- my scalp ALWAYS burns, i always forget it, and i ALWAYS forget to look for the hair stuff. eric burns like you do- too close to a window and he's red. anyway, if you find out what the sunblock's called, let me know :)
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