Abandoned Bridge To Nowhere… And I Mean Nowhere!

IMG_1763I’ve been here three times and I absolutely love it! This out-of-the-way abandoned bridge to nowhere is AWESOME!

Wow, what a beautiful sight for the camera this is, you can take some great quality pics I assure you. It’s an absolute thrill crossing 16 feet of ocean to get there from the safety of shore and then making your way up the ladder… sorry, what am I thinking… there is no ladder! :-) There’s pegs in the timbers to assist your climb… you’ll make it. The walk on the bridge is equally exciting never knowing what you might see in the water or on the other side! We saw a manta ray, many different types of fish and even a SHARK! :-) (true)

Believe me when I tell you that this bridge goes to nowhere! Though it’s seen going to this tiny island, that’s where it ends… and I mean tiny island. I’m not quite sure why this bridge was built in the first place, but I am sure there’s nothing on the other side today that anyone would ever want to build a bridge to! If your adventurous and insist on walking around the tiny island, bring your galoshes because portions of it are very muddy!

You can find this hidden swept away bridge at Mile Marker 25.0 bayside, turn on Horace Street going down to Northside Drive, turn right going only .1 mile to Niles Road and turning left. Drive down 1.5 miles and park your car walking down the path on your right for approximately 3 or 4 minutes.

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Trifecta – Three Bars In One

Just like a day at the races, you too can hit the trifecta here on Duval Street without ever leaving the building. This is easily one of Key West’s most recognizable historic structures!

Very unique in appearance alone containing three of Key West’s most trendy bars in one! A bar named ‘The ‘Bull’ occupies its first floor and is distinguished by its many 6′ x 6′ open air windows. The second floor’s ‘Whistle Bar’ has the rare but beautiful wrap around balcony that at night is filled with party-goers that are on their way to having one too many leaning over the rails yelling at all of the passers-by below. The third bar stands out by having palm trees and other plants lining its rooftop in an oasis type atmosphere aptly named the ‘Garden Of Eden’.

I’ve got a GREAT story for each of the bars that will be featured in a future blog so don’t you dare miss them. Here’s a brief look into the The Bull’s blogs, it includes the Rock-N-Roll Mega Icon Eric Clapton! Too cool!

You can find this three-story trifecta of bars stacked upon each other at the corner of Caroline Street & Duval Street.

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Willie T’S

Located at 525 Duval Street in Key West, this watering hole is famous for several things. It’s home to the dollar bill covered tree & wagon wheel along with its “YOU ARE HERE” sign both of which are able to be captured in a single photo. How many times in your life have you known exactly the longitude & latitude of where you were standing! This is also a popular gathering place to rejuvenate your thirst needs before tackling the rest of Duval Streets many offerings.

So on your next trip down put this on your to-do list; it’s definitely worth a stop by for a look at or unique looking photo-op! There’s NO cost to stop in and look around.

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Sundowner’s Will Cook Your Fish

Looking for an oceanfront seafood restaurant to stop at on your trip down the Florida Keys? If so, welcome to Sundowner’s, I can vouch for it myself having eaten there just 3 weeks ago. May I recommend the stuffed olives as an appetizer… they’re nothing less than absolutely delicious! Yum!

Upon arrival you’ll first see their sign along the main road with a very large fish hanging on the front. The sign behind the fish head reads: We’ll Cook Your Fish. I wonder if they would cook your fish if you brought one that big? :-) Hmmm… with a fish that size you’d have to have about 132 people in your dinner party to not come home with any leftovers!

You can find this fantastic restaurant that can cook your catch and its tourist photo-op hanging fish located at the Sundowner Complex at Mile Marker 104 on US-1 in Key Largo bayside.

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Jet Ski Training At Ibis Bay

Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time… and this was one of them! After our daily 3-4hr bike ride around the island of Key West, we found ourselves at a table ordering lunch and chilling with some long neck bottles!

Within minutes a group of 13 water-bound Evel Knievel wannabe’s mounted their jet skies for a 10-minute lesson on ‘What’ and ‘What not to do’ in the open water. Though putting on a good face as they pretended to listen, there minds were reeling with only one passion in mind… that’s right “Hauling Butt” as soon as they could get the instructor to shut up! One-by-one they started their engines and were pushed back into the water gathering behind the instructor like ducklings on a first swim.

The photo below shows a shepherd… sorry, I mean expert instructor turning his head seeing if his flock is still intact for their maiden voyage. I’m wondering how many of these manly men forgot their training once out of sight of their fearless leader… hmm, I’ll guess at least half! I bet those are the same ones that “Don’t ask directions” & “Don’t read instructions”! :-)

There are literally dozens of these types of places located around the island paradise. This one can be found at the Ibis Bay Resort & Restaurant on North Roosevelt Blvd. here in the wet water wonderland of Key West.

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Boxing Was King In Key West

An Author wrote: Boxing – You can press the language out of it. The moving machinery of ligaments. The intimate fray of rope. The men in their archaic stances like anatomy illustrations from an old-time encyclopedia. The moment in a fight when the punches slow down and the opponents watch each other like time-lapse photographs, the sweat frozen in midair, the maniacal grin like the teeth themselves have gone bare-knuckle. Was that Ernest Hemingway? Not sure.

This I am sure: The Fight Night tradition recalls a Key West history of boxing that was particularly strong in the 1930’s. Ernest Hemingway often spent leisure hours officiating boxing matches at a makeshift arena not far from his Whitehead Street home, and befriended and sparred with fighters from the nearby Bahama Village districts Blue Heaven. Hemingway himself was a big time boxer in his youth resulting in permanent eye damage so bad that he was turned down several times for enlisting in the US Military that he finally opted to join the Italian Infantry in WWI.
That tradition has returned to Key West in a oceanside series of bouts set at Mallory Square dubbed “Rumbles in Paradise” for live broadcasts on ESPN 2’s “Friday Night Fights.” General admission tickets begin at $35 per person and cap at $150 per person for VIP seats ringside.
I’ve included the 3 photos of Ernest Hemingway known as the Crown Prince of Key West Boxing (1 in Africa). Seen below also are 3 modern-day photos of the boxing ring, boxers & boxing complex located at DeKalb Avenue sandwiched between the main entrance to Fort Zachary Taylor and the rear entrance to the Naval Air Station Truman Annex.
         

         

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Florida Key’s License Plate Central

IMG_0094License plates, license plates and even more license plates! Old, new, Florida, Wisconsin, Alaska… they’re all here!

There’s a number of Florida Keys bars and restaurants that use hang-up gimmicks such as dollar bills, business cards, ball caps, and even bras as their calling card for uniqueness… this restaurant chose license plates. In fact they’ve used them as wallpaper, lampshades, fence décor and even their dinner plates… OK, I made up that last one! :-)

Here’s how to find this Florida Keys license place oddity. Pull into the parking lot of Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen at Mile Marker 99.5 bayside where you’ll see them on the exterior restaurant sign and upon its outer fence. While here, look to your right and check out the 3D Shark Mural blogged on earlier.

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