The Florida Keys are home to the third largest barrier reef in the world, and the Upper and Middle Keys are also pretty close to the Everglades. Thanks to that geography, there is some amazing snorkeling and diving here, as well as some really cool places to paddle.
Here’s Sparky hanging out with his new girlfriends, after a few hours of cruising around the Florida Bay, and doing some kayaking.
Sparky really needed a nap after snorkeling. He doesn’t actually snorkel, but acting as our lifeguard is a tough job.
Toilet Seat Pass is a small channel on the bayside, that’s not marked on the charts. Years ago someone got the idea to put up a few PVC pipes, with toilet seats, to act as markers. Now there’s well over 100 there, and they’ve gotten a little more creative over the years.
We rented one of the paddleboards at Lorelei, for an attempted photo shoot. Of course, as soon as we got off the board, Sparky decided it was time for a swim.
Paddling through Doobie Creek, in Little Basin. That’s not an official name, and I’ve only heard one person call it this. This is where they like to go fishing…and drinking…and “smoking” hence the name.
A big turtle on Alligator Reef, just sitting on the bottom. He barely even moved, and was happy to pose for a few photos.
Paddling around Upper Matecumbe, in Islamorada. In the distance, on the other side of the channel is Tea Table Key, one of the few Keys that is still private. Although, it’s technically a peninsula, not an island.