Stock Island’s Mile Marker Post

Located smack dab outside the side door entrance to the now World Famous Hogfish Bar & Grill sits yet another mile marker post. These posts state the distance from this location to another showing around 20 exotic destinations around the world.

I say now World Famous since this is the place that TV Channel’s Host of Man-v-Food’s Adam Richmond put on the map for the rest of the world to enjoy. The locals have always known!

There are several of these mileage markers around town with only a hand full worth a side trip to photograph. This is one of the best ones, its in great shape, well painted and here at the Hogfish Bar & Grill to boot!

You can find the Hogfish Bar & Grill by going to Mile Marker 5 and turn left off of US-1 South at the Burger King, down 1-block turning left onto McDonald Ave that turns into Maloney Ave, turn right onto 4th Ave, left on Front Street and there you will see it on the right a half mile or so exactly beside the famous Crankshaft Man blogged about earlier.

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Poorhouse Lane

Yeah SURE! :-) There’s NO home in Key West that would be considered on Poorhouse Lane! Real estate prices in Key West are through the roof even with todays economic conditions.

Yes, this is a real street name located directly across from Key West’s Historic Cemetery’s main entrance. Here on Poorhouse Lane you must ditch your car and hoof it by foot or by bike as we did. The Lane is cozy, narrow & very scenic with the 6 or 8 homes nestled in-between trees that encroach its beautiful nature crafted alleyway.

This is truly a beautiful tucked aside alley you don’t want to miss, it’s a shaded paradise!

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Eagle Nests (set of 3)

On your way down the Keys you might ask yourself “What are those?” Don’t worry mi amigos, I’ll clue you in!

Here sandwiched between Surprise Lake & Manatee Bridge are 3 sets of posts (6 total). Raising high into the air perched above for all to see are these manmade nesting towers for our nations national symbol “Bald Eagle”… or any other bird that may chose to occupy these free perches.

You can find these nesting ‘Rest Areas’ for weary foul at Mile Marker 111.5 oceanside of US-1 just north of Key Largo on what’s called the 18-Mile Stretch.

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Convent Of Mary Immaculate

Built by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary, a Canadian Order which first established a school here in 1868. Designed by William Kerr of Ireland, of Romanesque style, with dormered mansard roofs, and central tower. In the Spanish-American War the Sisters offered their services as nurses and the Convent to the Navy as a hospital, and rendered devoted service to the wounded and yellow fever victims.

You can find this historic marker for the Convent Of Mary Immaculate near the parking lot at the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church located at the corner of Truman Avenue & Windsor Lane. While there, check out these formerly blogged sites within 2-minutes walking distance on the same grounds:  Stations Of The Cross Mosaics, Monument To The Unborn, & Nun Tree Monument.

    

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It’s Keys Time!

You’re darn straight! This boat’s name says it all! When in the Florida Keys, I live on Keys Time! Keys Time is a slower pace of life enjoying your surroundings, lounging out, sightseeing, people watching and all of the other things tourists do while on vacation… except for one fact “I WAS DESCRIBING THE LOCALS! :-)

Key West is definitely in their own time zone, where time seems to crawl not fly. A place where a stroll down main street can take 4 enjoyable hours while never even thinking of looking at your watch. There’s so much to see and do in such a compact area that you’re never wondering if there’s anything to do but what are we going to do next. I can tell you from personal experience that it’s IMPOSSIBLE  to see all of Key West in one weekend or even one week. Heck, I’ve ridden bikes over 100% of the island taking no less than 7 weekend visits not ever seeing the same things twice… it’s that big on bikes!

Come sample the taste of island cuisine on island time and you’ll experience the relaxed atmosphere and laid back attitude of local Conchs proud to say they’re from Key West as I am in writing this blog about my families hometown to you! I love this place and I’M ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT KEY WEST TIME!

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Tiki Head Duo

IMG_0204Tiki heads anyone? That’s right, I said tiki heads meaning more than one. I’ve found a place in the Keys that has two tiki heads only 8 feet apart at eye level perfect for vacation photo-ops.

You know, it never ceases to amaze me at what other people will be willing to do for a FREE beer! Example: Take a look at this guy who was easily convinced to kneel beside the tiki and stick out his tongue for the low bargain price of an ice-cold brewski! :-)

You can find this ‘Tiki Head Duo’ at the Turtle Club behind Snapper’s Key Largo restaurant at Mile Marker 94.8 oceanside. Turn onto Ocean View boulevard about 1/4 mile to Seaside Avenue where you’ll see it directly in front of you. Parking is FREE and so are the astounding views!

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Human-Sized Conch Shell At Key West High School

As you might expect, Key West is full of conch shells of all shapes and sizes. This is a perfect example of a smaller 6′ tall symbol of Key West in front of the High School on Flagler Street.

This is a bonus blog, two for the price of one, located in the same parking lot is the Florida Key’s LARGEST CONCH SHELL blogged about last year. So when in town drop by and check out both of these conch shells within site of each other… don’t forget your camera!

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