Monday, August 17, 2015

The Florida Keys!

Kim and Jesse. Let me just tell you how lucky we are to have these two. They are adventurous, super fun to hang out with and always flying all around the world exploring new places! Kim and I met at the beginning of our freshman year of college, became friends and roomed together for our sophmore and junior years of college. We went through a lot together were there for each other when we met our husbands! Since being married, graduating from college, moving away, etc. we have managed to stay close. For the last few years we have pretty much done a really cool trip every single year with these guys.

In 2010 we went on a hiking trip to the Subway in the narrows in Zion National Park.
In 2011... hmmm... nothing, I guess?
In 2012 we spent a few days exploring Yellowstone National Park.
In 2013 we all met up in Costa Rica and traveled through that beautiful country as well as Nicaragua.
In 2014 Jesse and Austin did an over landing trip through the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route.
And this summer, 2015, we met in the Florida Keys to have yet another grand adventure!
There may or may not be a really cool international trip in the works for 2016.... ;)

Quick recap of the Keys:

We swam a lot, snorkeled, sailed, hung at the beach, ate lots of delicious Cuban food, seafood, and key lime pie, stayed up way too late most nights talking and playing cards, we explored the Everglades and spotted some gators and hung out on the dock of our house looking for manatees (though we never saw one...).  It was a seriously fun vacation and it is always SO nice to catch up with these guys!

*Thanks for all of these wonderful pictures, Jesse and Kim!

Checking out the gators! This is right after Austin jumped down into the marsh to grab Oliver's toy car that he had dropped. A hidden alligator jumped out of the grass and into the water sending Austin leaping up over the rail faster than I ever thought possible! haha! I think we learned our lesson.... toy cars that get dropped over the boardwalk aren't worth a limb.

Snorkeling with Kim and Jesse! We were surrounded by jellyfish a few times. We also saw some really cool fish and swam with a few sea turtles! It was really cool!


The whole gang out sailing together (Calum was laying down in the cabin during this pic).

This sea turtle let us swim with him for a while! He spotted us from the ocean floor, swam all the way up to us and hung around us for a few minutes. It was crazy! I think he was checking us out! 
Kim and I have been friends for 8 years now!! Wow! 

Me and my Oliver man!

I love this boy and how adventurous he is!

We anchored and got out for a little swim as the sun was beginning to set.

Oliver was teasing Jesse and trying to catch his go pro!

He thought it was hilarious! 
Sunset dinner on the water at Key West

Playing at the beach

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