A few buddies and I were talking about how long since it has been since we've gone scuba diving, so we decided to fly down to Key Largo and enjoy the ocean while it was still a pleasant temperature. There were 5 of us and we lucked out because Luke was already going to Orlando for a business thing and he became the mule for a lot of our scuba gear. We were able to offload a big chunk of weight so the four of us flying in the RV10 with full fuel and a little baggage were just right. We were going to fly non-stop to Homestead(X51) but were tempted by really cheap fuel prices out of Everglades Airpark (X01) just a quick hop nearby, so we went there first. The little community at Everglades was really neat looking from the air.
We rented a minivan and a really cool AirBnB house to stay at. The first night we played cards, had strong drinks, and had a really fun guys night, which is a rare treat for this parent of a 4-year-old. We enjoyed Kayaking the canals of the neighborhood, which had gorgeous homes. We did 4 scuba dives over two days with a dive shop we have used before, Silent World, and it was excellent. The first day the swells were rather large at 5-6 feet and 3 of my buddies puked overboard, which was highly likely exacerbated by the bourbon the night before. The diving was fun as always and we saw a bunch of neat stuff typical of that area including sharks, barracuda, eels, lobsters, tons of corals and etc. It had been a couple years since I last dove so it was really awesome getting out there again.
We ate out a couple times, but mostly we all pitched in cooking gourmet meals. Justin is a hell of a cook and was the mastermind on most of it. The last night we had a crab leg and shrimp feast with risotto arancini, roasted corn with some type of delicious sauce that I can't remember the name of, broccoli, and of course a few more strong drinks :) We ate very well the whole time.
The fun was over and it was time to get back to normal life. We enjoyed a great view of ATL with clear skies and clearance to go over the top of Hartsfield Jackson at 4500'. Another great adventure in the books!