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Apr 14, 2016 - 4/14/16-Day 4 Key Largo-Bo's Tropical Get-A-Way Cudjoe Key

After a fantastic breakfast at Harriette's we heading south for Cudjoe Key. We stopped at the Rain Barrel Village in Islamorada to visit Betsy the famous giant lobster. She is 30 feet tall and 40 feet long, adorable! We enjoyed the drive looking at all the little islands along the way. The color of the water is so vibrant, different shades of blues and greens. Valarie, the owner of Bo's Tropical Hide-A-Way, told us to be very careful not to go over the speed limit...Wow, no kidding! We must have seen no less than 20 police cars watching...

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May 14, 2009 - Mallory Square at Sunset

Hundreds of people come to Mallory Square in Key West each day to enjoy the crazy stunts/shows, arts and crafts as well as the beautiful sunset. As the sun goes down, the sailboats on the horizon gliding silently across the water make it a postcard perfect. There is always some sort of music playing on the square and vendors calling out to people passing by to buy their handmade or in most cases, China made products. Many people are burned from the hot, Florida sun they have encountered during the day. Even more are already drunk from too...

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May 13, 2009 - Journey to the Dry Tortugas

Kevin, Kim, Art and I got up at the crack of dawn to be in Key West in time to take the 8:00 AM Yankee Freedom High Speed Ferry out to the Dry Tortugas. There's no "easy" way to get there as the 7 islands that make up the Dry Tortugas are located about 70 miles west of Key West. It takes 2 plus hours to get there by high speed ferry and is basically in the middle of nowhere. You ride along through the open ocean waters and right when you are pretty sure you might be close to landing in Cuba, the islands come into view. The largest island,...

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May 12, 2009 - Kevin's 21st Birthday!

My "baby" turned 21 today!. Every parent reading this knows the feeling ...one day they are so tiny that you are afraid you are going to break their little arms and legs by just picking them up and also afraid you will never, ever get a good night's sleep again. Then, years spin by so quickly and you look up and they are 21 - an "official" adult. You can only hope they have listened to some of the words of wisdom you have tried to impart over the years. You desperately want to short cut their trips through the tough times and help steer...

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May 11, 2009 - Waverunner on the Rocks

No, unfortunately it's not anything like "Martini on the Rocks". We were returning from a blissful day of playing on the waverunners, when we scooted over a beautiful and clear but shallow area. Actually only one of us scooted, the other one stopped at a dead standstill after hitting what felt like rock, but was really coral (just as hard). Yes, I am sure you have already guessed which one of us scooted and which one was stuck .... We pulled and pushed, but to no avail. The tide was moving out fast and I am sure we must have looked like the...

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May 10, 2009 - Captain Outrageous

In the process of looking for a bicycle rack last week in Key West, we ran across a few of the infamous Captain Outrageous pieces of special art. Yes, that was really his name ..he swore that his Florida Driver's License said so (that's proof?). Anyway, as the story goes, he was a successful businessman and 30 years ago gave up the business world to move to Key West and pursue his favorite hobby - painting. Painting anything and everything he gets his hands on! He painted thousands of objects -- bicycles, scooters, automobiles, RV's, as...

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May 10, 2009 - May in the Keys

In May there are two major changes in the Keys. The first is that the people who have lived here approx. November through April to get away from the cold and snow up North, head home.... in droves. The motorhomes lumber up Highway 1 like a caravan of large elephants, ready to go back to their principal residence - wherever that may be. They will stay there until either the end of October, or just after the holidays, then pack up and come back here for another 4-6 months. The second major change is that it begins to get really HOT down here!...

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May 10, 2009 - Snorkeling Fun

We have discovered several reefs within miles of the resort where we can easily get to for snorkeling. The waters are often a beautiful aqua color and crystal clear, which makes snorkeling extra special. Today it was sunny, in the 90's and the water temperature almost like bathwater. We rode the waverunners across the ocean, sometimes bouncing in the waves and at other times riding along at 60 MPH on water like glass. Art spotted a large turtle, approximately 2 feet long, as well as a very large stingray that looked like it had a wing span...

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Apr 29, 2009 - Oh, to have the imagination ...

One of the things we like to do is fully explore the "back streets" of any place we go. The tourist areas are fun, but we find the most unique sights are usually in the areas tucked away from the public areas. In one of the neighborhoods we rode through yesterday, we ran across a HUGE home, painted bright yellow and accented with many other bright colors. Their front gate was made with parts of an airplane, including a large wing. Sounds tacky, but it was all done with great taste. In another area near a marina with houseboats tied up,...

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Apr 25, 2009 - Key West Bed Races

This weekend was the finale of the 10 day Conch Republic celebration in Key West. The grand parade was held on Friday and the bed races on Saturday. There were activities being held all throughout Key West - music everywhere, bikini contests, food tasting events, etc. but the center of most of the activity took place on the famous Duval Street. Hundreds of watchers lined Duval, moving in and out of bars and shops, simultaneously watching the activities going on constantly in the street. All activities are centered around fundraising for...

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Apr 19, 2009 - Drag Races in Key West

One "not to be missed" event in Key West is the Annual Great Conch Republic celebration. Crazy events go on for an entire week. We joined large crowds of people gathered along Duval Street to witness the Great Conch Drag Races (think "queens", not cars). What a hoot - everyone needs to do this at least once in their life! In any direction you looked, female impersonators were dressed to the hilt in some of the oddest combinations of clothing you could ever imagine. The drag races involve the queens, in their VERY high heels, running and...

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Apr 18, 2009 - We made the front page!

Well, we have been here a little over 2 weeks and have already made the front page of the Keys New Barometer and Big Pine Key Press! On tax day, April 15 TEA, we joined the Keys Tea Party Protest (TEA = Taxed Enough Already). TEA protests were held all around the US, so we thought it would be a good idea (and a lot of fun) to join the protest being held here in the Keys. At 8:00 in the morning, we joined many others on both sides of the road,holding our signs high. It did not take long for us to really get into it, encouraging everyone who...

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