On July 23rd, 1994, 20 years ago, Eric and I for better or worse said I do. Since then we have had a revolving door of pets and friends reside with us. However, lately we are keeping to our 11 year old daughter, Embug, 9 year old, Kristopher in regards to additional humans in the house. The animals far out number the humans with a boxer named Sammy, a Bichon Frise named Izzie, a very onry orange tabby named Ralphie, 2 snakes (Marty, Jr. and Bosco) and beta fish named Rainbow. So it is no wonder we needed a get away!
Long before we planned the destination for our 20th anniversary, we decided we would make it a family vacation. With that we agreed that a portion of the trip would allow us to enjoy time together and some just as a couple. The Hawk’s Cay Resort in Duck Key provided just the place. We arrived as the sun slipped below the horizon on July 22nd where we enjoyed a meal outside near the channel. It was a few hours after a rainstorm had come through and cooled the air making for a pleasant outdoor family meal.
The while the family slept I slipped out for a run. I will say humidity and warmth are not my friend. After 2 miles I unlaced my running shoes and traded them for a day poolside. We enjoyed spending the day going back and forth from the pool and a man-made lagoon/beach. The kids enjoyed water games and discovering resident anoles and iguanas who would occasionally make an appearance.
We were staying in a villa that was away from the actual hotel. It provided us with a condo like living space complete with two separate bedrooms (and two separate twin beds for the kids), front and back porches both upstairs and downstairs. Breakfast and lunch we utilized a limited grocery within the marina for coffee, breakfast biscuits and sandwich makings. Dinner the first night the kids ate at the villa while we enjoyed an anniversary outing. The outing included a sunset cruise and then dinner at “Hawk’s Cay” fine dining restaurant “Alma.” It was a nice evening for just the two of us to celebrate.
The next day we spent it once again at the pool and lagoon. Although there is no pictures the kids and Eric enjoyed messing around with a Kayak. Eric is still feeling the enjoyment of that excursion in his lower back.
Here are a few more images from our stay.