Dropping down low as the cloud layer broke up nearer the middle Keys, we got our first glimpses of what would be the stunning backdrop for two air-to-air photo missions, one scheduled for that afternoon and the other for the following morning. Since we had some time to kill before the first photo flight, Ivy suggested we check out one of island’s main tourist attractions, the Marathon Turtle Hospital. Founded in the mid-1980s in a converted seaside motel, the hospital has helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 1,000 sea turtles that are brought in from all across the Florida Keys. The Turtle Hospital has operating rooms, X-ray machines, and a seawater swimming pool where the turtles can contentedly frolic. More than 40,000 people visit the hospital each year, making it one of the premier attractions in the Florida Keys.