School Mascot Welded By Students!

Buccaneer Mascot

Standing near 8 feet tall this welded Buccaneer protects his students just as the pirates of the past once protected their booty (treasure) here in the warm waters of their island hide-a-way of Key West. Horace O’Bryant Middle School houses 6th – 8th grades with approximately 712 students and by the way is the United States Southernmost Middle School with Cuba only a short 90 miles south! The pint size junior Buccaneer students enjoy a warm tropical climate all year with an occasional rain shower in the summer and a possible cold front of 60 degrees or so on occasion. So come see this student welded mascot reminiscent of the treasure hunters who once sailed these waters looking for lost treasure. The statue was welded by a high school welding class and donated to the school in January 1988.

The Middle School is located at 1105 Leon Street exactly next to Bayview Park near the roads Truman Ave & N. Roosevelt Blvd meet, then turn on to Jose Marti Drive. You will see the Buccaneer standing proudly in the parking of the school. It’s FREE to stop by but please time your visit to NON-school hours of dropping off or picking up of children. It’s really neat and worth a glance and a mimicking photo pose!

Leave a comment

Filed under key west

Beautiful Ocean Dock Posts

Take time on your next visit to Key West or the Florida Keys and notice some of the beautiful offerings that others tend to miss. Most people walk down piers and notice only the ocean missing the beauty of the pier or the dock posts used to secure boat from drifting away. I on the other hand love noticing the more subtle sights that tend to catch my eye. The five posts form a point with the weathered war-torn scars of the ocean beaten upon its lower water-level exposed portions leaving natures artistically etched skeletal remains. As you can see, It makes a GREAT photo!

The pier posts pictured here are from one of Key West’s busiest and most popular places to stay. The Casa Marina Resort is filled with Jet Skis, Boats, Swimmers, Sunbathing Worshipers, Sand Castle Builders and Sightseers galore and yet NO ONE else walking by these dock posts even gave them a second glance more less a photograph as I did. This to me is true beauty and gets me even deeper into relax mode and is yet another one of the reasons I absolutely LOVE KEY WEST!

Leave a comment

Filed under key west

Alabama Jack’s

This place is always packed with bikers and car clubs stopping in for a brewski on their way down or back from the Keys. This has also been the backdrop for several Miami Vice TV show episodes and the 2-story portion was in the Movie “Drop Zone” with Wesley Snipes.

On US-1 at the beginning of the Florida Keys turn onto Card Sound Road and head East 12.5 miles where you’ll find it down on the right hand side of the road… just look for all of the cars and motorcycles. If you’re heading down on a weekend you might just hear some good old southern & country music being played while others try their luck at line dancing and 2-step around the small dance floor. Stay alert and watch your odometer because most of this portion of Card Sound Road has no mile markers. A good time indeed, the sweet potato fries are awesome and there’s NO cover charge.

Leave a comment

Filed under key west

Gateway To Paradise

Outrageously beautifully simple is this ‘Gateway To Paradise’. Sometimes simple is best, this gate must be accessed from crystal white beach sand in order to enter one of Key West’s best kept secret out-of-the-way hot spots you’ll ever find! Welcome to the main gate of Louie’s Back Yard. Louie’s sits upon the edge of the Atlantic Ocean providing a view to die for… in fact, I’ve written before that it’s the home of ‘Key West’s Best Corner Table’ in the entire city! (seen below)

Come by and experience Louie’s Back Yard by first entering the gate as you duck under the equally beautiful tree that hangs over its entrance. You can find  my favorite corner  table along with this ‘Gateway To Paradise’ at Louie’s Backyard located at the corner of Seminole Avenue & Alberta Avenue.

Leave a comment

Filed under key west

Man & Woman Torso Statues

Nudity or Art? Key West has long been a haven for starving artists, poets, & writers long before Tennessee Williams & Ernest Hemingway arrived stamping their imprint on this island city’s culture.

This example of art begs me to ponder and wonder only replying with… “Hmmm!” I guess I’m just not hip enough to appreciate its artistic relevance here in a public park. If you can’t tell, these are an artist’s rendition of a female & male torso. Yes, the female is the one with the blue & yellow… uh, uh, uh… things on her upper body 🙂 while the male has its back tuned away from the photo for A GOOD REASON! 🙂

While you’re in the park, also check out the José Martí  Monument, All Wars Memorial, Vietnam War Wall Memorial & New York State Yellow Fever Civil War Monument previously blogged.

You inquisitive artistic type can find this example of freedom of expression in Bayview Park located at the corner of Roosevelt Blvd. & Eisenhower Drive in Key West.

Leave a comment

Filed under key west

Key West’s Stone Castle Home

I love this home and have named it Key West’s Castle Home. One of the islands most unusual homes build completely of stone can’t be missed as you pass by it on the corners of  South Street & Reynolds Street. I’ve seen this home 100 times and I’m still fascinated at its unique look and would love a closer look at some time.

To find this stoned 2-story abode simply go to the section of town where Higgs Beach is and turn onto Reynolds Street and then go down about 5-blocks where you’ll see it on your right hand side of the road.

Leave a comment

Filed under key west

Are You A Member Of The Turtle Club?

IMG_0199Are you a member of the Turtle Club? I am… and you can be a member too!

The Turtle Club is an AWESOME bar frequented by locals and tourists alike situated in a prime location. The view itself is worth a trip by, the facility has many other attributes & attractions that will please even the grumpiest in your group. There’s a bar, restaurant & hotel all within feet of each other. It’s a GREAT place!

You can find this unique ‘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!

IMG_0200     IMG_0201     IMG_0198

Leave a comment

Filed under key west