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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Exploring Historic Key West.

Our Location today is Sugarloaf Key, Florida.

As promised Kathy had researched a number of things for us to do today. The only problem was that I couldn’t stop thinking what it could be and only slept part of the night also causing me to sleep in until just before 8:00 this morning. After having breakfast we took the time to read the morning blogs we follow and our E-mails. This is where I read a comment about last night’s post that indicated we were heading home already. After a quick review it was noted a single word had been left out changing the entire meaning of the title. No we are not leaving the Keys until the 24th of March and not going home until April 18th

It was past 9:30 by the time we drove out of the park and pointed the truck southbound on Highway 1 heading for Key West. The drive alone was something that we found interesting because this is not the normal environment that we live in and seeing water on both sides of the road with such a wide variety of colors is not something that we would grow tired of. 
Only in Key West. A pink taxi with a bicycle carrier.
Once we entered the town of Key West you were first presented with the new under construction view of the Tourist Trap it is slowly becoming. Following the directions the GPS was giving we made it to the historic section of town. This is where things got interesting. Imagine two way traffic on a street that is only wide enough for two vehicles but allows parking on one side of the street and our truck is a dually. In order to get where we were going I drove down streets that the GPS wanted me to make a U-turn on but when I finally turned on the original street from the opposite end it sounded like it was its idea in the first place. 

We lucked out pulling into a parking spot as another car was leaving. The first destination was the Historic Key West Cemetery that was established in 1847 after a hurricane had destroyed the original Cemetery. This is the Internment site of over 75,000 people but yet the size of the grounds make you wonder how they could have accommodated a tenth of that number. 

There were many of the affluent leaders of the community to the impoverished all buried near one another with only divisions for family plots. There were many veterans from different wars that were also laid to rest in the Cemetery. The means of burial vary from internment underground to family crypts that are still being used today. Unfortunately many of the older graves are falling into disrepair but it was still interesting to see the history of this community. 

When we left there we headed to see the Key West Lighthouse and the home of Ernest Hemmingway but there was lineups down the streets of people wanting to visit those locations as well as us not being able to find any parking. Even with the lack of parking we did manage to get a photo of the End of Highway 1 zero marker while stopped at a traffic light. We’ll return using the shuttle service through the park so we won’t have to worry about the traffic and parking. 

Since it was past noon we stopped up the road at T.G. Friday’s where we had a half sandwich and soup special. The cool air and the pleasant atmosphere helped us to recover from hot humid sun that we had earlier be exposed to. 

We found a Winn Dixie so we picked up a few things we needed but spent some time store walking getting more exercise in a comfortable environment. By the time we got back to the trailer we were both in need of a nap. 

Tomorrow has no plans at this time but that just makes it more flexible. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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4 comments:

  1. I love lighthouses. So sorry that was such a crowd.
    A friend of ours did get to visit Hemmingway's house. Said it was lovely. They also said the parking is horrendous down there.

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  2. Between the narrow streets, traffic, bikes and scooters, driving in KW is not fun, especially with your big truck. Taking a shuttle is a great idea!

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  3. We found a spot to park our small car and walked most of Key West, lots to see and do. enjoy your time there.

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