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Day 3 - 22nd May 2012

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Huge fish, in search of Hemingway & Sunsets

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Day three saw us take the 125 mile trip along the length of the Florida Keys to Key West and back, stopping along the way at Key Largo, Islamorada & Big Pine Key...

The aptly named Curlytail Lizard on Islamorada - these were originally imported to Florida from the Bahamas...





We bought a bucket of fish each and joined a couple of others feeding the Tarpon at Robbie's Marina...




Some of the Tarpon were over 6 feet long - here two huge pairs of eyes consider the fishy treat on offer...




Miche tentatively offering a light snack...




These fish were huge and incredibly fast, a real shock when you felt the mouths on your hand.

I couldn't find a decent photo of Miche or I feeding them, but you can still see the small fish entering the tarpon's mouth in this one.




Nearly the whole body would leave the water on some lunges...





If the tarpon didn't want the fish there were plenty of others that would take it...







The pelicans would look all coy, but wouldn't miss a trick if an opportunity arose...







The chap was caught out in a Jurassic Park velociraptor-esque pincer movement...





A Snowy Egret & a Great Egret on an old chair near the bar entrance...




Native Key Deer on Big Pine Key...




Green Iguana at the Blue Hole on Big Pine Key...




Miche and I not quite at the most southern point of the continental USA - that would be the off-limits naval base out of shot.










We couldn't find the Hemingway house and plaque, so settled for this one..






We did find one of his old watering holes though...



Beautiful sunset as we drove back to the motel...




Next stop - day 4 - Biscayne NP

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Day 1 - Travel Day 2 - Everglades NP Day 3 - Florida Keys 
Day 4 - Biscayne NP Day 5 - Shark Valley Day 6 - Kayak & Boat
Day 7 - Fossil Hunting Day 8 - Manatees part 1 Day 9 - Manatees part 2
Day 10 - Memphis Day 11 - Memphis to Gatlinburg Day 12 - Dollywood
Day 13 - Cades Cove Day 14 - Mount LeConte Day 15 - Gatlinburg to DC
Day 16 - Washington Day 17 - Smithsonian