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 Cemetery Cabins

Abandoned Cemetery Cabins? These two rustic cabins are so out-of-place down here sticking out like a sore thumb compounded further by their unusual location. They’re the first houses across from the Historic Key West Cemetery’s main gate.

As you approach, getting closer your mind says “What the heck is that homemade cement & mirror fence-looking thing lining the front yard!”. I personally thought they were abandoned and began to walk around. As you can see by the photo below, I had walked all the way up to and onto the front porch for a tunnel type effect of both cabins picturesque overhangs. I’d completed my unsupervised self-guided tour of the property and began walking across the street to retrieve my bicycle when I saw the mailman pull up and put mail in the porch mailbox. To my amazement an elderly lady quickly came out and retrieved it. Wow was I stunned! I’d just walked all around her home and upon her porch. I swear I thought these were condemned abandoned cabins scheduled for a date with the wrecking ball! 🙂 And to think she was probably inside watching my every move! 🙂 Oh well, I hope that you don’t make the same mistake I did but do hope you take time to search these out because they are AWESOME looking and worth a photo when you’re already at the cemetery.

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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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Gulliver’s Travels Gigantic Flip-Flop

Who said Gulliver’s Travels never included Key West, this guy found his missing flip-flop as proof! 🙂

It’s amazing what can be found just by looking around and being more conscious of your surroundings. I was simply walking around the part of town called Harbor Walk and just so happen to look at the bottom window of a T-shirt shop type souvenir store when I noticed this oversized flip-flop that grabbed my eye. Already snickering, I wandered inside and quizzed the cashier. He said that it was indeed a real tourist gimmick that had worked yet again… yep, it worked! I then asked if I could take a picture of it for posterity. As you can see, this single flip-flop is a one-of-a-kind conversation piece. Though I didn’t ask if it was for sale, I’d probably say ‘YES’ for some ridiculous price!

You can find Gulliver’s Lost Flip-Flop at Sunset Watersports Souvenir & Surf Shop in the very beautiful & popular tourist area known as Harbor Walk.

    

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Oversized Lobster Trap

IMG_1825WOW, this is one of the LARGEST  lobster traps you’ll ever see! Can you imagine the size of lobster if in fact this trap was proportionally correct? That would make the lobster about half the size of an average adult!

Though traps can come in all shapes and sizes, if you look on the bottom right of the photo you’ll see what maybe considered an average sized one.

You can see this oversized oceanic oddity for yourself at Mile Marker 98.0 in the middle of the median between US-1 north & southbound lanes atop Ballyhoo’s.

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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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