The first time I drove to Key west Florida, I found out how long this state is. We were stationed in Albany, GA and sent to Key West. From Jennings, FL on I-75 to Key West, FL it is about 600 miles. Florida is a very interesting and beautiful state. We have lived in Florida probably 6 yrs total in foundation houses. And 9 years as mobile residents.
Some beautiful beaches, great snorkeling and diving water. I used to think when I got to Miami, I would be at the end of Florida, huh uh! Then the Florida Keys start. It is over 150 miles on down to the tip, or as my son Mark likes to say, Mile marker 1 of US1. Leave Miami and 42 bridges later you are in Key West. The longest bridge is just below Marathon Key and is 7 miles long.
(90 miles to Cuba from the Southernmost point of the USA)
The drive down the Keys is beautiful, or flying in is even more beautiful as you get to see the clear tropical waters surrounding the Keys, you can also see the Edge of the Coral reef where the water drops from 10-25 feet to 100-150 feet. I have seen days you could see the bottom as clear as a bell, and my fathometer reading 125’.
(Crowds at Mallory Square)
Fishing is great, people are clannish. The folks who were born in Key West call themselves Conchs. (Don & Evelyn’s son Doug, was born in Key West, He is a Conch)There is a pier area called Mallory Square. EVERY EVENING there is a party to see the sun go down. When it goes below the beautiful horizon, the crowd always clap and shout at the beauty they have just seen.
(The sunset over the Gulf, About to fall on Paula over there in Texas)
Lot of history in Key West. Hemmingway’s home. I cannot think of the name of the bar, but it is where Hemmingway and I think Jimmy Buffet hung out at. All the tourists that drink, must stop and have a beer there. If they don’t drink they at least want a picture.(SLOPPY JOE’S)
(Of the Conch Train Goes by Sloppy Joe’s)
Truman’s winter White House is there. At the time it was on the Naval Base. Most of the Naval Base is gone now. Tourism is big. The Conch Train goes around the island (on rubber tires) to give the tourist a history tour.
There is a festive spirit year round in Key West.
Thanks for coming this way.
PS: (Pictures from the internet)
I thought I would quit gripping for a night.
(My Key West Prize, I bought this 1955 Chevy for $50 while there, Sherry & Mark on the trunk)