This past weekend, I was totally spoiled. One of my best friends from college, Rochelle, flew down to Florida for a vacation and took ME with her! She rented a Mustang convertible and we drove down to the Florida Keys. I’ve never felt so cool while on the highway.
We stopped at farmer’s markets, went kayaking on the ocean and adventured into mangroves, and stayed in the cutest little Airbnb bungalow. It was the perfect girl’s weekend to ring in my birthday.
We stayed on Big Pine Key which is home to the National Key Deer Refuge. What’s a Key Deer, you ask? Oh, just the CUTEST MINI DEER YOU’VE EVER SEEN.
Our Airbnb was actually in the midst of this refuge – the owners had built a sweet little house (with an outdoor shower!) in the middle of this Florida palm jungle.
They told us that we should expect to see deer right outside our door, but we didn’t encounter any the first night. The following morning, I was brushing my teeth by the outdoor shower. The weather was way better than forecasted, and it was a warm, beautiful morning with a great sky. I looked up in wonder and thought to myself, “God is completely flirting with us.” Then, not to be outdone, God was like, “Oh, I’m just warming up – you just wait!” I casually looked to my right and – out of NOWHERE – a deer was standing about three feet away, looking at me with those cute deer eyes.
From that point on, I was obsessed with the deer (and I like to think that they were obsessed with me).
During our weekend, we also visited the gorgeous Bahia Honda State Park. It had amazing beaches that have won awards. For real. It was like the Meryl Streep of beaches.
I left a cheery flamingo on one of the boardwalks for a beach-goer to find.
Thought I should share the sentiment with you, too!
You’re spectacular. You really are.
What a lovely post, Grace.
William is totally going “Awwww! I want to see a Key Deer, too!” Thanks for brightening our day. Love the final pic of the flamingo on the railing with the kids on the beach!
William would have gone crazy over these cute deer! Looks like you all will have to come back to Florida for another visit… :)