It's about time.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Another Wonderful Day in Key West.

Our Location today is Sugar Loaf Key, Florida, USA.

We were both out of bed early and driving out of the park shortly after 9:00 this morning. Yesterday we took the time to examine what the weather would be like in Key West for the next week so we chose today as the most practical day to return. Since this might be our last chance to explore this magical and historic little town we planned on making another full day of it. Unfortunately Sugar Loaf Key was hit with rain shortly after we went to bed last night. That same rain continued throughout our drive this morning until we hit Stock Island Key this morning. The rest of the day would be mostly clear skies without anything else falling from it.
After finding our usual parking spot down by the post office we started our walking exercise for the day by first heading south on Whitehead Street. There were a lot of small shops that we’d missed on our previous visits having chosen to stay on the more popular Duval Street better known as Tourist Trap Central in Key West. We did make another stop at the Naval Museum that I'll write about in another post this week.
We also did something else that we’ve done in other historical cities but not in Key West we took a Trolley Tour. Even though Kathy's researched everything she thought there was to see the tour guide showed us there was more by taking us away from the downtown district so that we truly learned more about the true Key West. The best part of this tour was that we could hop off the trolley to better see things then board the next trolley that came along. Our tickets for the trolley were good for the entire day.
One place we have passed many times in the past but today our plans were to have a meal at Jimmy Buffet’s Key West Margarita Ville. The wait for a table was only slight with efficient wait staff and porters  making for very quick turnovers so hardly anyone was left waiting. The atmosphere was high energy but laid back in the same instant. The food was good and priced reasonably for being the establishment named after the man who made the Keys way of life famous through his songs. We also stopped in at the gift shop where we each walked away with a souvenier of the occasion.
You can't go to Margarita Ville and not get a Margarita.
Our fish and Chip orders filled us up.
By this time we slowly made our way south on Duval Street stopping mostly to visit the shops that we had not spent much time exploring in the past then walking up the other side to of the street repeating the process. The shops that we continued to avoid were the high priced Jewelry, Antiques and Art Studios that have no place in our lives as RVers.
For supper we simply ordered a medium sized Hawaiian Pizza at Angelina's Pizzeria not too far from Mallory Square. It seemed like we again just beat the rush as we no sooner found a table to enjoy our meal when suddenly there was a line up out the door of people wanting a pizza for their supper.
Once we'd finished our meal and headed towards the Sunset Pier where the entertainers were starting to set up. We spoke to two couples from Northern Michigan who had just left home last week to fly down for a few weeks and they envied us for having missed such a cold winter.
Kathy almost got mugged by the Sponge Man.
Now that we are on Daylight Savings Time the party atmosphere lasted later into the evening. Our favorite entertaining Duo were at their usual spot on the Sunset Pier while the acrobatic acts were closer to Mallory Square itself. After witnessing another spectacular sunset we looked at a few more of the vendors before walking the three blocks back to the truck. 

The drive home was almost solemn because we don’t know when we’ll get the chance to return to Key West. We’ve already scheduled our stays for next year elsewhere in Florida. We also want to see the western states through future winters. We’ll keep our fingers crossed and say our prayers that someday we’ll come back to this Dream World. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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5 comments:

  1. We loved the hop on hop off trolley tour, did it a few times.

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  2. Interesting to read about Key West. We plan on being in Florida this next winter but haven't done our research much yet on where we'll stay, etc. All we've heard is how crowded it is and how expensive it is ... but, we still have to do it at least once. Any tips you can share, I'll be writing them down!

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  3. We plan to hit Margarita Ville when we are there in October. It looks so cool inside. Angelina's Pizzeria...added to our list.

    The photo of the sunset is spectacular! Great job.

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  4. Love the pics....glad you are having a great winter here in Florida...

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  5. What a great way to have a trolley tour! We will have to keep that in mind if we ever get there someday.
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