Giant Aluminum Sailfish

IMG_2253Here’s a new one for you that just popped up in the last 6 months or so. It’s a wind vane in the shape of what looks like a Blue Marlin that swings around changing positions as the wind shifts from north to south. Standing an easy 15′ – 20′ tall it’s an opposing unique figure against the sunny Florida sky.

You too can check out one of Big Pine Key’s newest additions at Mile Marker 29.7 oceanside next to the Reef Light Tackle Shop on US-1. Yes it’s FREE to see, just pull off the road to photograph… no dangerous drive-by filming allowed! :-)

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Fly Navy’s Trumbo Point… Key West’s TALLEST Building!

Welcome to Trumbo Point on the northwest corner of the island of Key West. It’s one of several remaining portion of bases making up the Key West Naval Air Station.

The base itself was originally a Navy seaplane base and then later a haven for helicopters. Today it’s primarily used for military housing and is the site of the former Bachelor Officers Quarters, now known as the tallest building on the island of Key West, a three-wing high-rise. Trumbo Point also contains a restaurant, bar & lounge, vacation rental villas for active and retired military personnel, a pool and water park.

You can’t miss it, just look for the very prevalent ‘FLY NAVY’ logo atop Key West’s TALLEST building. Though not open to the public… as most Navy Bases in the USA… you can still get relatively close to it as I did seen here. Simply go to the Key West Sailing Club at Sailboat Lane and walk out to its pier and you too will get the picturesque FREE view of the sailboats in front of Key West’s TALLEST Building.

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Key West’s Post Office 3-Wheel Cycle

What a strange sight this was to say the least! I actually passed her, drove around the block and pulled in front of her one block ahead as I pulled out my camera and asked her if I could take a picture. She said “Sure” as she posed for me and said that many tourists ask her to do the same on a daily basis. It’s too cool and hopefully on your next visit to Key West that you may have an opportunity to see the U.S. Post Office’s 3-wheeled cycle.

As far as where to find it… good luck! May you be as lucky as I was on this given day! :-)

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Highlights’ Magazines Hidden Picture Puzzle?

Remember those Doctors Office magazines named Highlights’ with the famous ‘Hidden Picture Puzzle’ page in them that you use to pick up and try to find all of the items somewhere in the picture. Today’s my version of the same here in Key West.

Is this simply a mural painted on a brick wall of a gazebos, palm tree and pelicans… or is there more? Look close, real close… no, even closer than that! There! You see it? OK, I’ll spell it our for you, can you find this buildings office door in the photo? Believe it or not, it’s an exterior door to this office building which if I recall is a Real Estate Office. To find where the doorknob would be look no further than where the pelicans butts meet and pray that it’s not covered with pelican poop. In all honesty, the hidden door is well disguised and is pretty cool to tell you the truth!

Though I’m not sure of the business occupying this facility, I’m 100% sure of its location for your intriguing viewing pleasure. You can find this ‘Hidden Doorway Mural’ at the corner of Bertha Street & Flagler Avenue here in the sunshine capital of the Keys.

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A 1,000 Year Old Tea Table!

It’s time once again for another Florida Key’s History lesson… so open up your books to page 24 and pay attention! :-)

Tea Table Key Indians lived on this island over 1,000 years ago. In 1722, it was known as Boys Island better known today as Tea Table Key. In December 1838, Lt. Coste established a Naval Base here and named it Fort Paulding. This was the base where the West Indian Squadron use to blockade the coast to keep the Indians from receiving supplies from the Bahamas or Cuba. Did you know that the United State Navy’s FIRST steamship “The Sea Gull” was based here? True, that will be on tomorrows quiz.

While the Navy was looking for Indians in the Everglades one fateful day, the Indians attacked nearby Indian Key on August 7th, 1840 destroying the village which was then the county seat of Dade County. Can you imagine, the Dade County Courthouse was once right here in sight on the next island! Amazing isn’t it, the scope and amount of interesting little tidbits that can be learned on-line these days!

Scott, I see you in the back over there dozing off… do you want to go in timeout? That’s better, class is almost over. :-) You can find this historical plaque at Mile Marker 79.8 on the left side of the road driving south on US-1.

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Key West’s Little Italy

OK, there’s not really a section of town known as Little Italy in Key West. There is however a doorway worthy of mention at a restaurant where you can grab an authentic Italian meal in the process.

As every other tourist passed with cameras & beers in hand NEVER giving it the time of day, I stopped and took an extra look and WOW… this is a fantastic photo-op. The flag of Italy is tri-color featuring three equally sized vertical panels of green, white, and red. Some have attributed particular values to the colors, and a common interpretation is that the green represents the country’s plains and the hills; white, the snow-capped Alps; and red, blood spilt in the Wars of Italian Independence. A more religious interpretation is that the green represents hope, the white represents faith, and the red represents charity; this references the three theological virtues.

I’ll stay out of the politics of church and state, whichever you believe it makes an AWESOME photo as you can see! You can find this photogenic doorway at 900 Duval Street here in Key West.

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Key West’s Shell Car

I thought I’d seen everything before… that’s until we ran across this! While riding our bikes around town we stumbled upon this capturing our attention and obviously made us laugh. This shell car is covered with all shapes of shells on all sides of the car, roof, doors, hood, trunk, side panels and now making its way to the bumpers. I’ve seen cars in the past with spoons, forks and others adornments covering their rides but this shell car is the first I’ve seen in Key West. I wonder what brand of gasoline they use… hmmm, maybe Shell? :-)

You too can get your jollies off by tracking down this seashell sedan and getting your souvenir photo by heading over to somewhere near the corners of either Petronia Street & Florida Street or Petronia Street & Georgia Street here in Key West.

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