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Take a vacation from writing in paradise

Posted in All posts with tags , , on July 9, 2007 by Trina

If your first love is a tropical paradise, or if you need a vacation from the daily grind, I recommend Key West. Harry and I spent a week there drinking in the sights and sun, the majesty and the peacefulness of the Keys. We left our computers at home in order to better develop our love affair with sunshine.

One of our favorite activities was the WIND & WINE fireworks cruise with Danger Charters on July 4 at sunset. We started in the Gulf and cruised to the Atlantic where we saw the fireworks reflected on the ocean water. Beautiful.

Gulf waters of Key West
This picture shows the Gulf waters of Key West at the Sunset Celebration where every day hundreds of people gather on the docks of historic Mallory Square to watch jugglers, a sword swallower, tightrope walkers, and flying cats perform.

But alas, we are now home. Reality set in with lost luggage and a brown yard due to Raleigh’s heat and drought. Paradise lost.

I am reposting an entry Key-ping Paradise in your Honeymoon: Unexpected Gifts from Key West linking an essay that Harry and I wrote together about our love and nostalgia for Key West:Key-ping Paradise in your Honeymoon: Unexpected Gifts from Key West

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Key-ping Paradise in your Honeymoon: Unexpected Gifts from Key West

Posted in All posts, Life with tags , , , , on December 16, 2006 by Trina

Coauthored with Harry Calhoun
wedding_beach.jpgIf your first love is a tropical paradise, or you have a love affair with sunshine, then we (my husband and I) recommend getting married in Key West, Florida. “Key-ping Paradise in your Honeymoon: Unexpected Gifts from Key West” is an essay written by Harry Calhoun and Trina Allen about our love and nostalgia for Key West.

I first saw Key West up close in early 1993 and fell instantly and completely in love. The warmth seemed to marinate into the personalities of the people who lived there, and I wanted to be one of them. The laid-back, forgiving and accepting Keys style, the soothing salt waters and palm trees whooshing in the breeze offset what even then was a tourist economy, opportunistic, greedy and mean-spirited. Then as now, the character of the people, and the people who were characters, helped make up for price-gouging on everything from properties to Pina Coladas.

These are my husband’s words, written two years ago right after our wedding in Key West. It is hard to believe it has been two years since our wedding, and I think it is worth posting this piece on my blog so close to the eve of our anniversary.

I love you, Harry, as much now as I did on our wedding day. Happy Anniversary.

Read entire essay.