Travel Spotlight | The Beautiful Florida Keys!

This Week’s Travel Spotlight***The Beautiful Florida Keys!

Florida Keys BeachThese wonderful and not well-known Islands south of Miami are a huge favorite for Colin and Myself. Colin proposed to me by surprising me with a week-long vacation starting in Key Largo then ending in Key West with a beautiful dinner at Pier House Resort & Spa and amazing proposal that I will never forget.

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The Beauty and calmness of The Florida Keys make you forget that you are on Mainland USA. The people are extremely laid back and friendly and the brightness of the sun warms your soul. The Long Bridge that connects the keys gives you the most breathtaking and fulfilling views. Creating suspense and the promise of paradise this drive on down through the keys does not disappoint. It is easy to see why Ernest Hemingway fell in love and called the Key West home. It lends itself to relaxation, introspection and creativity.
Vibrant shops and bars sprinkle this charming town with life and character and offer an alternative to relaxing on the beach sipping pina colada’s.

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The Florida Keys are a string of tropical islands stretching about 120 miles off the state’s southern tip, between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. They’re known for their laid-back vibe and as a destination for fishing, boating and scuba diving. Key West is famous for Duval Street’s many bars, Mallory Square’s nightly Sunset Celebration and the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.
Early history Of The Florida Keys

 

The Reach Resort, Waldorf Astoria--A Hilton Worldwide Property
The Reach Resort, Waldorf Astoria–A Hilton Worldwide Property

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Hilton Key Largo
Hilton Key Largo

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Florida Keys Early History

The Keys were originally inhabited by Calusa and Tequesta Native Americans. They were later found and charted by Juan Ponce de León in 1513. De León named the islands Los Martires (‘The Martyrs’) as they looked like suffering men from a distance. “Key” is derived from the Spanish Cayo, meaning small island. For many years, Key West was the largest town in Florida, and it grew prosperous on wrecking. The isolated outpost was well located for trade with Cuba, the Bahamas, and was on the main trade route from New Orleans. Improved navigation led to fewer shipwrecks, and Key West went into a decline in the late nineteenth century

Florida Keys Fast Facts

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For Information on how to participate in Uncorked..The Islamorada & Key Largo Food and Wine Festival

Click on link http://floridakeysuncorked.com/

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The Loft & Learn December Challenge Kickoff! | Motivation

The Loft & Learn December Challenge Kickoff!

Okay Everyone the Day has arrived. it’s Time for the December Strong Challenge!!

I hope you all had time to really think about how you could finish off 2015 with the loudest roar possible.

Some of you have  written to me about personal goals, some about family goals. I am so glad to hear all of the feedback and wish everyone the best.

I am including the link to the previous post about the December Strong Challenge below in case some of you may have missed it.

http://www.loftandlearn.com/2015/11/finish-the-year-on-a-high-note-join-the-loft-learn-december-strong-challenge/

As a special bonus I am including below a special treat for everyone. This clip by this young man named Apollos Hester is truly entertaining. Aside from his overwhelming sense of excitement, joy and utter lack or care of how others perceive him he is a man with a message that I believe we all need in order to achieve the difficult. When Colin (hubby) first showed me this clip I laughed hysterically at this interview and perhaps thought him to be a little nuts. But his message was so purposeful and inspiring and his delivery so on point and truthful that I downloaded it on my iPad and listened to it every single day for 4 months as I woke up at 3:35 in the morning to train for my first marathon in the mountains of Idaho. In between songs and during the times when I felt I could not go on or was defeated his interview would pop up in the rotation and it truly encouraged me to move on and finish my fight. I was successful and completed my marathon and I hope that together with Apollos Hester we can help each other conquer your goals as well!

YOU CAN DO IT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7ymriMhoj0

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI | Travel

Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI

Ace and Kingston had an amazing time at the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan this summer with Auntie Mern, Uncle Cleve, CJ and Grandma & Grandpa Ernest. They were able to help Ace celebrate his 5th Birthday!

As usual Auntie Mern turned it into a spectacular learning lesson and activity. Prior to going on the trip she read with Ace about the sleeping bear folklore so he could understand the Legend of the sleeping bear dunes and then when they arrived he had a completely different and unique attachment to what he witnessed.

 

Ace and Kingston, Sleeping Bear Dunes
Ace and Kingston, Sleeping Bear Dunes

 

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Recommended Reads

http://www.sleepingbeardunes.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Legend-Sleeping-Bear-Kathy-Jo-Wargin/dp/188694735X

#kiddiebookclub #kbc #childrensbooksofculture
#kiddiebookclub #kbc #childrensbooksofculture

 

Michigan is famous for it’s Cherries..
Here is a great cherry tarts recipe from allrecipes.com

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http://allrecipes.com/recipe/18367/blancas-cherry-cheese-tarts/?internalSource=recipe%20hub&referringId=12947&referringContentType=recipe%20hub

 

 

 

Crazy Horse, Sioux Falls, South Dakota | Travel Spotlight

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Souix Falls was part of an unforgettable trip out west that I took years back with my late grandfather and family that still serves as one of my best ever!! White water rafting, horseback riding and Mt. Rushmore were several highlights. By far the one thing that left the best lasting impression was the monument of Crazy Horse and the story behind the Korscak Family who set out to pay tribute to this legendary Indian Chief. Their story of love and determination is awe-inspiring and evident in the visitors center. I remember going when I was younger and writing in the guest back that I would be sure to return. Now I definitely plan on keeping that promise with Colin, Ace and Kingston!!

Sioux Falls see you soon!

Recommended Reads on the Subject:

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Legendary Indian Chief Crazy Horse
Legendary Indian Chief Crazy Horse

 

https://www.travelsouthdakota.com/explore-with-us/great-8/crazy-horse
Here is a great article from the splendid table about Chef Sean Sherman grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

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http://www.splendidtable.org/story/the-sioux-chef-is-helping-bring-a-native-american-food-culture-into-the-modern-world