His & Hers Photo-Op Headboard

Want to look like a typical photo-op tourist on vacation in Key West? Well then, here’s your chance by having your picture taken while standing behind this shameless his and hers headboard. Though totally not my style, I might do it purely as a laugh or possibly to win a bet. 🙂 There’s plenty more varied headboards in town to fit all kinds of personalities so be patient and just keep looking.

To find this particular ‘His & Hers’ photo-op headboard you have to venture into ‘Old Town’ Key West just one block east of the World-Famous pedestrian mecca of Duval Street’s southern end at the Old Town Trolley Station.

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Motel’s Animal Statues

IMG_0019Does your children like seeing animals? If so, I’ve found just the place for them in the Florida Keys!

Though not a petting zoo or even real animals, here’s a motel that has at least a dozen or so statues places strategically around its grounds. Some are in obvious wide-open spaces while others are nestled in or near foliage and trees.

Pictured below are MOST of the ones you’ll see there: elephant, deer, dolphin, panther, zebra, alligator, momma bear and cub, swan, & a monkey that is your challenge of the day to find on your own. 🙂 Enjoy, I know your children will!

You too can find this ‘Animal Fantasy Land’ at Mile Marker 99.5 bayside.

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The Southernmost Southernmost House U.S.A.

IMG_1610I absolutely LOVE THIS! Look closely at the featured sign, no it’s not a misprint, it’s done 100% on purpose to out whit their next door neighbor! 🙂

Welcome to ‘THE SOUTHERNMOST SOUTHERNMOST HOUSE U.S.A.‘ (True) 🙂 Only in Key West can you find a raging battle over the word ‘Southernmost’ and how many times it can be used in the same title!

In Key West using the word ‘Southernmost’ is more than a gimmick, it’s a revenue generating machine as well. There’s a Southernmost House in the USA that was first to use the term and holds onto that right to this day. But is it in fact the Southernmost House in the USA? The owners of the ‘Southernmost Southernmost House’ will imfaticly tell you that theirs is truly the southernmost house in the USA. I say touchĂ© for the underdog Southernmost 2X home going after its next door neighbor the bigger and more famous Southernmost 1X home. I like that, no fear!

You can find this uniquely different use of the word ‘Southernmost’ at ‘THE SOUTHERNMOST SOUTHERNMOST HOUSE U.S.A.’ located directly beside Key West’s #1 attraction ‘The Southernmost Southernmost Buoy’. (hehe) 🙂 It’s easy to find, follow the crowds by going to the corner of South Street & Whitehead Street here in sunny Key West.

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FREE Wildlife Walk

6749101277_a9548bd233_bWhat a great FREE attraction this is! Simply get away from the crowds on Duval Street and head towards the beaches where you might be greeted by one of many types of birds or iguana as this guy was! 🙂

The Key West Wildlife Center is one of those hidden places that if not for the sign you’d miss it for sure. The entrance pictured below sits off the main road barely visible as you drive by. It is 100% free to enter even though they do have two photo-op pelicans that double as donation stations ready to take your money. The exhibits include caged and wild roaming animals, Key West chickens, walking paths, a massive Staghorn Fern & the fantastic Audubon pond. The pond is for sure one of the highlights where we stood for 30 minutes watching the many different wildlife animals frolic in the water and its surrounding trees.

You and your family can find this awesome FREE getaway at 1801 White Street beside Key West’s largest bocce ball courts across from Higgs Beach.

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Key Largo’s First Movie Theater

8629474977_739b472ba2_bHave you ever wondered where Key Largo’s first movie theater was? OK, I haven’t either! 🙂 You’re about to find out!

Behind this generic unassuming front of a building lies a treasured past that few residents of Key Largo are even aware of. This is in fact Key Largo’s first movie theater. I found this old movie theater totally by accident simply by asking questions while researching another blog. In questioning the manager of a local motel, he asked me if I knew about the building next door that they were using as a laundry. I said “No” as he then guided me on a personal tour. Talk about surprised, WOW was I impressed as our tour included the old projection room (seen below as the elevated cement block portion of the against the center apex of the building), where the movie screen hung (on the inside of the back block wall seen in the photo below), and of course the entrance with the plants and flowers around it in the featured photo.

You too can find Key Largo’s first movie theater at Mile Marker 99.5 bayside.

PS – I’ve been unable find any old photos or detailed information about the theater like its opening and close dates, seating capacity, concessions and so on. So if you know please contact me as a comment and I’ll surly respond! Thanks, Mr. 365 Days

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4th of July’s Most Unknown Historical Coincidence!

Did you know that three U.S. Presidents have died on the 4th of July… two of them on the same day in the same year! Wow, two Ex-Presidents died on the same day in history, with one being born on July 4th… unbelievable!

In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, the Fifth President of the United States, died on July 4, 1831. Calvin Coolidge, the Thirtieth President, was born on July 4, 1872, and thus was the only President to be born on Independence Day.

When you win a bar bet using this trivia, drink a beer for me! 🙂

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4th of July Independence Day History, How It Began

This is what everyone knows: On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence.

This is what most Americans DON’T know:

1) The declaration was proposed in JUNE not July by an unknown person in American history named Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.

2) It was on July 2nd that the Congress voted on Independence NOT July 4th.

3) Observing of Independence Day only became commonplace after the War of 1812.

4) By 1870 it was our Nations most important holiday and the ONLY day of the year when communities gathered together.

5) July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941 just 5-months 4-days before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

6) Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

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On July 3rd 1776 future President John Adams wrote the following to his wife Abigail:

July 2nd, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

 He was only off by two days! 🙂

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