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Butterflies are Free…

...well, more like $12/person to enter the Butterfly Conservatory in Key West. But it is money well spent!!! Friday morning David and I headed out for a morning walk. Given the heat and humidity in Key West, mornings and evenings are the most comfortable times to leave our comfortable Key West habitat and get some exercise. We decided to head off in a new direction on this morning and check out the Southernmost Point in Key West. It was a sight I wanted to check off my bucket list (check) and it was a beautiful day to see the ocean and possibly Cuba (spoiler alert: we did not see Cuba). After experiencing the point and taking a couple of snapshots of the Southernmost marker, along with some pics of a very "hippy-like" crochet covered...

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Second Move In As Many Months

Second Move In As Many Months

Two more days until we make the move to Key West. We have tried to strategically pace our food reserves, but uneven quantities of some items combined with a questionable timeline has left us with an imbalance of nuts, mustard, frozen shrimp, tortilla chips and strawberry preserves. Although that might make up one of the tamer Chopped baskets, we...

Retirement Purgatory (Moving On)

Retirement Purgatory (Moving On)

There has been lots of frenetic activity these last few days as we made the decision to continue “Bonaire Watch 2020” from Florida.  That way we will be closer to Miami and can jump on a plane as soon as the Caribbean airspace opens.  Plus, we can get in a few dives to check out the new equipment.  Leslie found a terrific house we...

Retirement Purgatory (Episode 3)

Retirement Purgatory (Episode 3)

Parts of our routine are genuinely enjoyable.  Leslie playing “Everything is Awesome” and dancing when we get up, redesigning our website to get it to a point we have long discussed but not had the time to do while we were working and exploring local restaurants as they start to allow patio seating are all very pleasurable and satisfying...

Retirement Purgatory (Episode 2)

Day 24 at the local Chicago area based Residence Inn includes dwindling food options as we nosh our way through temporary supplies hoping to empty the cupboards and fridge at just about the same time flight restrictions are lifted.  We seem to have an imbalance of nuts and dried fruit which is met with the same level of resigned gratitude as...

Retirement Purgatory (Episode 1)

Retirement Purgatory (Episode 1)

2020 has been bittersweet at TropicLens.   What started as a pair of much anticipated retirements representing a combined 75+ years of work between us has slowly been absorbed by a global pandemic impacting family, friends and coworkers.  It has been challenging to temper what would have otherwise been unabated exuberance sharing...