Key West, Florida   Leave a comment

Day 14-15

Beautiful drive day to the Florida Keys.

One bridge after another.

A little about the formation of the Florida Keys. Below is a photo of the “beginnings” of the Florida Keys yet to come. These trees growing in the waters are protected. Their roots grab the sand, coral and whatever else is in the bottom of the waters. They continue to grow and gather deposits, eventually producing “the island.” As you drive over the 42 bridges that connect the Keys down to Key West, you will see clumps of these trees out in the waters. One day they will connect to what is now the Florida Keys.

That is if a hurricane doesn’t come in and destroy it all, like the hurricane did to this railroad bridge years ago.

Arriving in Key West, we had a much-needed banana split party. Ron and Mary are back with us again after buying their new RV while in Tampa. YEA! AGAIN, I forgot to take pictures. Trust me when I say the banana split party was a blast. The only picture I didn’t forget to take was of our “local” guests, Jack and Gail, reuniting with Sandy, Mike, and Sylvia.

Jack and Gail so graciously came over with trolley maps and booklet about the Keys and give us some tips on where to park in their crowded town. What a treat!

Where else can you find two love birds perched on someone’s ladder of their RV (unbeknownst to the RV owners). And an iguana (I’m sure that’s not what they are, but that’s what I call them) perched in a tree?

Our first morning in Key West was spent on a one hour guided tour with Tim as our guide. What a hoot he is! Not only did he tell us all about the history, and what’s what and what’s where, he was VERY entertaining.

Key West is the only place where you’ll find the end US Rt. 1 – 0 mile marker and begin US Rt. 1 North – 0 mile marker at the same intersection, opposite sides of the street.

If you have never driven to the Florida Keys, remember one thing. Plan plenty of time because there is only one road in and one road out, Rt. 1, which means a lot of traffic. In the cities the road is 2 lanes, but otherwise, it’s only one lane. The Seafood Festival was going on the day we drove down to the Keys, which made for a lot of stop and go.

I tried to take photos that showed just how pretty the water is with its blues and greens.

Photos just don’t do it justice.

Another notable marker is the bouy that marks the “most southernist” point on Key West. You are only 90 miles (or should I say 98 miles) from Cuba, and more than 100 miles to a Walmart.

In this area, there are many things named “the most southern”, like restaurant, house, bar, store, etc.

Our sunset dinner cruise was amazing.

Sights always look much different from the water. Reminded me of when we owned our boat. What a beautiful view.

Food, music and great company

Are we having fun yet?

And what a magnificent sunset!

All the beer, wine and mixed drinks you could drink, made for an interesting ride back to the campground by Trolley. hmmmmmmmm

The trolley ride around town is the way to go. The drivers point out all the interesting sites. Below left if the largest and oldest hotel, Casa Marina.

The hotel was built by Flagler, who came to the Keys and built the railroad to make the Keys

more accessible. He partnered with Rockefeller and together they formed a small company, “Standard Oil.”

I snapped the photo below to show the cute “gingerbread” decoration, which were used back in the day to display your livelihood, such as the ship’s wheel on this particular house. As I was looking at my photos on the computer later that night, I noticed the high heeled shoe hanging from the utility wire. I THOUGHT I WAS BACK IN NEW ORLEANS AT MARDI GRAS.

Our last night in Key West was spent with our friends, Gail and Jack. What a great night! We ate at a “local” place, very quaint. And they seem to know EVERYBODY! Jim and Cherrill joined us. And AGAIN, I forgot to take pictures……

As we passed the “sponge monster” I grabbed a photo with him and Cherrill.

While down on Mallory Square, we watched an escape artist who happened to be from Baltimore, Maryland! Anyone recognize him?

Anyone recognize him?

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Posted March 14, 2016 by carolnbill in Travel

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