Day 5: key west time !! Seeing the southern most point on map got me excited. The drive is serene. Ocean on both the sides, beautiful lush trees everywhere.. what else one can expect from life. Travelling is life.. yahi he zindgi!!I enjoyed the drive then we parked our car on Duvall street. From there we started walking towards lighthouse. Beautiful view from there but not worth 10$. Lady on the counter was very rude. Good 360 degree view of key west. Next we went to the southern most point of USA. Can you imagine Cuba is just 90 miles from there!! Took few customary pictures to capture the precious moment then we headed towards the beach. There Are plenty of very cute small restaurants, bars and Cuban shops. It's a happy vibes kinda place. I think if I go back to Florida, I would want to spend more time in key west. It's a perfect laid back place for relaxing. The beach here was wonderful. Shallow and warm water for quite a while for people like me who are not swimmers. We had so much fun at the beach and in the calm water. There are restaurants along the beach so eat, swim, drink, repeat!!! It was getting late so we started back for Miami. We got stuck in thunderstorm for 1-2 hours. Same drive was looking really scary for that time. Water everywhere, dark clouds, heavy rain and thunderstorms, I really wonder sometimes that how nature has so many shades. It really got me thinking that same sea was so beautiful and delight to the eyes in the morning and now it has become so wild and scary in the dark. After rain stopped, we speeded a lil bit and reached our hotel.
We were running late for our parasailing appointment which was scheduled at 4:30 PM. It was exactly 4:30 when we reached our destination. We immediately changed our clothes and a boat came to pick us up. By the time we were done with all the activity the time was 5:30. I always wanted to see a sunset or a sunrise at the beach. We tried it before twice, once in Miami and once in Keywest, but there were clouds all over the sky not letting us enjoy the beauty of the sun. So we thought of trying one last time. We checked on the internet and it said that the sunset in Naples is at 5:47 PM. We had 17 minutes left. We immediately started in our car to reach the sunset point. We reached there at 5:45. Only two minutes left until sunset.We both started running to reach the beach. I was able to see the water. The water was very clear and the sand, it was as white and as soft as flour. We ran as fast as we could. People were already there to watch the sunset and many of them were senior citizens. They all came prepared with chairs. The sunset has already begun. I looked at the sun. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life. The sky was very clear and the reflection of the sun in the water made it more beautiful. It lasted only few moments but I can never forget what I saw. It is the best part of my trip. After it was done all the people present there started clapping at that magnificent sight.We did not get a chance to take pictures since the phone's memory was full at that time but who needs photos when I have captured it with my eyes and stored it permanently in my memory.
We all know America, or Americans. Hollywood, take a bow: you’ve managed to express an emotion of a 300+ -million strong group. You have conveyed to us what it means to be American, placed us in the daily lives of an average person, allowed us to be a part of your cultures and customs. I feel a distant but definite sense of pride in the 4th of July as also on Thanksgiving. I have no idea what they signify but I surely know what they represent.
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