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#SoCS: Key Largo and Mysterious Keys

socs-badge-2019-2020Today’s stream of consciousness prompt is, “key.” We can use it any way we want and have fun!

My first thought went to Key Largo where we had our honeymoon seven years ago on 12/1/12. We were thinking about getting married on 12/12/12 which would’ve been my birthday, but it was a Wednesday. The number 12……. I hope we go back to Key Largo some day and the Hilton resort there was very natural with lots of trees and a beach. Maybe I have a picture….

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On the 4th floor overlooking the tree tops

 

While I was in the honeymoon folder I saw some other photos I like from The Wharf at Summerland Key:

wharf restaurant at Summerland Key

That’s not me in the photo. The posters below are on the right.

wharf at Summerland key wharf poster

And here’s another one from the place we stayed.

Hilton beach buddy

The water was a little cold in December, so when we go back, it will be in the spring. I’m going to Florida again for my reunion with my high school girlfriends in April. That will be exciting!

The other thing I thought about when I read the word, “key,” was that I have all these keys that go to who knows what. But I don’t want to throw them away, because keys are important, right?  My father was the same way. I have inherited his big ring of about 30 keys, plus some on key chains….. There are a few skeleton keys. I’m sure there’s an art project in there one day. One of his keys which he will never use, nor will I, because he has passed on through the pearly gates where he did not need a key, cause he and Jesus were pretty close….

Where was I?  Oh, there’s a key that belonged to my dad that has a plastic typed strip on a nursing home key chain that says, “explosives.” The other side says, “ammo.”  Dad was a marine and didn’t throw much away including a few boxes of ammo which I have but they are not locked, so what does this ammo key go to? I’ve inherited ammo boxes, but they aren’t locked. Good strong storage boxes…

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My dad’s keys

Oh, if keys could talk, the stories they would tell.

I don’t think my dad ever went to Key Largo, but he’d like this song. He could be pretty romantic when it came to my mom.  I guess I’m missing them.

For the keys to the Stream of Consciousness Kingdom, visit the hill of Linda at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/12/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-dec-7-19/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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A Relaxing, Frugal Honeymoon

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I’ve never been to Key West. To be honest, I didn’t want to go that far, hearing it was a rambunctious sort of place.

About three years ago, when my husband and I were looking for a honeymoon spot, he wanted to stay in the US. Both of us being rather frugal, we looked for somewhere not terribly far away from where we live. He suggested the Florida Keys, where I’d never been.

Hilton beach buddyI wanted to relax in a natural setting, and searched the internet for months without finding what I was looking for. Then I started playing with Google Earth, zooming in on areas that had a lot of trees. After weeks of searching, I found an area on Key Largo that looked promising. It turned out to be the Key Largo Hilton which prides itself on it’s natural environment.

I wanted to feel like I was close to the trees, as if in some remote tropical location. And it did sort of have that look.

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Morning view from our balcony

 

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Late afternoon from the balcony

It didn’t feel quite tropical, because it was December. The air temperature was fine, but the water was a little chilly, though we did do a little snorkeling and went in the pool.  The hot tub was a welcome relief after that.

It was a simple vacation, with a relaxed easy pace. Exactly what I wanted, since I had not taken a whole week off from work in many years.

We drove as far south as Summerland Key, where we ate lunch at the Wharf Restaurant which attracted me with it’s “Coexist” flag.

wharf restaurant at Summerland Key

The food was delicious, and the decor interesting:

wharf at Summerland key

Time for peace.

 

wharf counter

My kind of place.

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A good thing about good music.

 

sign at Summerland key wharf

 

 

 

 

 

I’d love to go back sometime, when it’s a little bit warmer than December.

 

This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Post was: “ke” If you’d like to join in the fun, visit:

http://lindaghill.com/2015/05/22/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-2315/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!