Pedicure done. Bikinis and sunscreen packed. All set to depart cold, wet and dreary New York City for paradise incarnate- a tiny, breathtakingly beautiful island in Southern Florida called Big Pine Key. There, on a quiet Atlantic beach sits the Deer Run Bed and Breakfast, a small, peaceful, eco-friendly/ all around friendly getaway. The vegan breakfasts are to die for, each one a multi-course event leaving one sated until dinner. Guests eat their inspired repast on a sun – drenced patio overlooking a glistening ocean as tiny Key Deer roam the beach.
Who are the Key Deer you ask? Oh, no big deal, only miniature, docile deer no larger than small dogs. Truly the most adorable animal species on planet earth.
I will also mingle with tree frogs, iguanas, several resident kitties and a sweet, smart bird named Angel. One day I’ll drive up to Marathon Key to commune with sea turtles at The Turtle Hospital. I’ll spend hours paddling, checking out the sea dwellers in a glass- bottom kayak. In the evening I’ll watch the sun dip behind the ocean while I’m ensconced in the beach-side saltwater jacuzzi. Jealous yet?
This will be my third trip to paradise but my first one solo – I have no doubt that it will be the best one yet. I love completely independent travel, adventures open themselves up to me in a completely different way than when I travel with a companion.
I’ve also learned quite a bit as as a photographer since the last visit, so I’m excited to attempt some semblance of visual justice to the surroundings, inhabitants and food. So prepare for prodigious food porn, multitudes of adorable animals and sundry envy- inducing images in the days to come. When I’m done with you, I challenge you NOT to book a room at Deer Run STAT.