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Ft. Zachary Taylor Beach - Key West, FL
Perfect beach day
To sum up this post into 4 words: Key West is awesome. If you’ve been, you probably know this
already. If you haven’t, we’d highly recommend putting it on your short list of
places to travel.
Matt & Kristy
Key West offers a small airport to fly directly into, but
you can also fly into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale and make the 3-4 hour drive with
a rented vehicle to Key West, which is what we did. We’ll go into this road
trip in more detail in a future post, but this is one of the few times we can
say we wished the drive was longer! If it’s in your travel budget, rent a
convertible. It’s only $20-$30 more per day than a small car and you won’t
After an adventure filled road trip we finally made it to
the southern most point of the continental US and decided we would look for a
great beach to enjoy the day. Our
research pointed us to Ft. Zachary Taylor Beach, which is located on the south
west perimeter of Key West. There was a small parking fee of $7 per car to
enter and this allowed us to park right next to beach. When we stepped outside,
it was the perfect Florida beach day, like something you’d see on a postcard—not a breeze or cloud in the sky and the ocean looked like crystal clear
blue-green glass. Even better, the beach
never got crowded all day as there was plenty of space for people to spread
Matt and friend Andrew geared up
One of the highlights of the day for us was the snorkeling.
For a fun activity to do at the beach, we’d highly recommend picking up a
snorkeling set. You can outfit yourself with fins, snorkel, and a mask for
under $50. Many of the places we’ve snorkeled haven’t been advertised for their
snorkeling, and it’s been amazing the amount of underwater life we’ve seen.
Just 10-20 yards off of Ft. Zachary Beach it was flourishing with underwater
life. We saw around 10 different species of fish including some 3 foot long
While Key West as a whole is a must-see for anyone who
enjoys traveling, Ft. Zachary Taylor beach is a must-do while you’re there. Whether
it’s lounging out on the beach, walking the miles of pristine coastline, having
a picnic lunch in the park, or snorkeling, this is a great place to spend a day
in Key West!
Iceland is a country with amazing landscapes, delicious & unique cuisine, and a welcoming culture that should make it top of list for any adventure traveler. With a number of direct flight options available from many US destinations, travel is quick and affordable. We recently embarked on a five day road trip across Iceland’s southern coast. While the rest of the country has a lot to offer, our research showed this was the best way to see the most of Iceland in a short amount of time. This post will give you all the information you need to know to experience a great five day road trip.
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One of our all-time favorite hikes was Welch & Dickey in White Mountains, New Hampshire. Unlike your typical hikes, this trail takes you to the summit of two mountains; both with fantastic views. We did this hike in the early Fall. Since there is a ton of foliage along the trail, it was awesome seeing all leaves starting to change colors.
The Welch-Dickey loop is around 4.5 miles long and is a moderately difficult hike. It takes around 3 hours to complete. The first part of the hike is climbing up Welch Mountain. There were several steeper areas on this mountain and the trail itself was a bit rocky. We recommend having a good pair of hiking shoes.
When you reach the summit the views are amazing. As you look across, you see the next mountain you are about to hike- Dickey. We found the mountain views from the Welch summit to be better than Dickey. Be sure to take some good pictures!
As you head down Welch, you descend for about a half hour until you begin hiking Dickey M…
After a couple of ski trips we decided it would be great to do something a bit more relaxing. And what better way to enjoy the Spring-like weather than a trip to the Berkshires. Last week we made the trip to visit a number of exciting sites and attractions in the most beautiful region of Massachusetts.
The Berkshires are the southern continuation of Vermont's Green Mountains, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and quaint towns. We stayed at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge which is around 2.5 hours outside of Boston.
On the way to Stockbridge we made several stops to explore the Berkshires region. Our first destination was Upinngil Farm in Gil, MA. Upinngil was a great stopping point to see the rolling pastures and farmlands of the Berkshires. We enjoyed spending time with the farm animals and trying their locally grown and homemade goods. We bought pasta and fresh cookies made from the grains grown on the farm.
Our next stop on the road trip was Shelburne Falls where we saw Shelbu…