Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Web Architecture Consultant specializing in open source frameworks.

10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

A Fun Week in Florida at The Rich Web Experience

Last week, I traveled with my fun-loving company photographer to Fort Lauderdale for The Rich Web Experience. Both my talks were on Wednesday afternoon, so we had plenty of time to enjoy our hotel, the beach and the beautiful weather.

Nice View from our room Beautiful Day at The Beach Want Some? Hard Rock Casino

After hitting the Hard Rock Casino on Thursday night, we decided to take things up a notch. Friday afternoon we rented a 2008 Corvette Convertible and drove to Key West for the night. I was a little hesitant to spend the money at first, but when I fired up the car and realized how fast it was, my buyers remorse quickly disappeared and an evil laugh ensued. Having zero to sixty in 4.3 seconds was a whole lotta fun!

Dreams do come true. Sunset in Key Largo Piña Coladas in Key Largo Key Largo Sunset

We drove 200 miles to Key West with no plans for the night and quickly found the last room available at the Ocean Key Resort. It was right on the water, had close proximity to the nightlife and a fantastic breakfast on the balcony.

On Saturday, we relaxed at the pool for a couple hours and then headed to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum to learn about the Spanish Galleons of 1622. This was a very cool exhibit that explains Mel Fisher's $200 million treasure hunt as well as the history and other happenings of the 1600s. I highly recommend going if you're ever in Key West.

Breakfast on the Balcony Sunset in Key West Sunset in Key West Fast Car in Key West

Thanks to Jay Zimmerman for inviting me to The Rich Web Experience. The combination of a sweet room, an awesome travel partner, great weather and a fast car made for a heckuva vacation. For more pictures from our trip, checkout my Rich Web Experience 2010 set on Flickr.

Note: I shot the last 3 pictures of the bottom two rows using the Pro HDR app for my iPhone. Thanks to Tim Berglund for recommending it.

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