It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s A Bike?

IMG_4274 We’ve all heard ‘It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Superman!’… we’ll, not quite the case in this instance! ‘It’s A Bike!’, yes, this is indeed the oddest bike I’ve ever seen in my life!

From a distance I thought it was one of those coin-operated rides like the motorized pony or fire engine you occasionally see in front of dime stores. I had to turn around and find out for myself and boy was I glad I did! To my amazement it was a bicycle with a paper Mache outer skin in the shape of an island favorite Pelican! And ‘YES’ the wings do go up and down! 🙂 How cool is that! Look close at both photos.

In order to have a chance on finding this Key West bicycle oddity, go first to the East Martello Tower Museum where I found it on the southeast portion of the island exactly next to the International Airport. If it’s not there… then just look around town as you enjoy your time in Key West. Good Luck! 🙂

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Bikes RULE Key West!

IMG_0832Key West is already one of the most lenient cities when it comes to bike riders and their rules. They ride on the road, they ride on the sidewalks, they ride on the piers, and even ride down one way streets the wrong way with no one even batting an eye. 🙂

As seen in the featured photo, ‘Bikes Rule Key West!’ Two of the newest signs take note of the growing bicycling community that’s slowly taking over ‘Old Town’ streets.

The most prominent reads: ‘Bikes May Use Full Lane’. OK, it’s a picture of a bike not the word, it means the same thing! 🙂 I’ve found two of these signs, both on Whitehead Street just down from the Southernmost Buoy.

The next deserves an honorable mention that states cars must leave a distance of 3 feet between you when passing. ‘¡Buena Suerte!’ (good luck in Spanish) I’ve ridden 100’s of miles in Key West, I’d say the average is 1 to 2 feet… so don’t swerve! 🙂 This tiny sign can be found on Reynolds Street across from Key West’s Stone Castle.

Traffic flows slower as a norm in Key West as tourist and local cars slow down voluntarily realizing the sheer overwhelming numbers of pedestrians and bike riders. I must give kudos to Key West City Hall for acknowledging its growing biking trend putting up these new signs. So get out there and become one of us enjoying Key West’s fresh air bike-style!

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Immortalized Neat Freak!

IMG_9536Wow, a statue of a man throwing away garbage! Where else besides Key West would you find such a creation! 🙂 This town is so wacky and fun always leaving me with a smile saying “Anything goes down here and that’s why I love it!” Believe me, that is So So True!

You can find the citizen neat freak picking up garbage at the rear entrance parking area for the Key West Lighthouse at 938 Whitehead Street across from the Ernest Hemingway’s Home.

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Does Your Fish Head Light Up?

IMG_9515Does your wall mounted fish head light up? This one does! I kid you not, I found this ginormous fish head that stands about 8 feet tall by 6 feet wide on the backside of a building. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, it lights up! Look close at the photo to the left, it was approaching sundown and is backlit with red lights. The fish head sticks out about 4 feet from the wall and is impossible to miss.

You can find this odd yet humorous sight at Mile Marker 103.8 bayside. Park your car near Breezers Restaurant and walk towards the center of the complex. Go to the center hotel, walk around the back and look up! You can’t miss it! :-) There are MANY other sites within walking distance so take your time walking around the facility.

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Little Palm Island Ferry

When I first saw this sign to the Little Palm Island Ferry Service I was so excited! It was so much fun having been on a car ferry before over in the Netherlands (also called Holland) that I was really anxious about sharing the experience with my beautiful better half. In doing some research, I was still uncertain on how it operated and at what cost. So on the next trip down to Key West I stopped on by and questioned the concierge at the welcome center. She filled me in on all the particulars dashing my hopes of taking a ferry to an island so that we could go sightseeing.

Here’s how it works, Little Palm Island is a privately owned island catering to the UPPER MIDDLE CLASS of Americans specializing in one night dinner reservations that include a shuttle boat to and from the welcome center. I browsed over the menu as my eyes bugged out upon reaching the $18 hotdog continuing downward as each entrée got more out of reach. They request that you book your dinner reservation at least 2 days in advance of your departure. I told her “I’d think about it!” It’s been 6 months now and I’m still thinking about how I wish it would’ve been an actual ferry service as I originally thought it was. How much fun that would’ve been.

I’ve found out a lot more about the island since then and will be reporting on it in a future blog. You can find this ferry (below right) docked to the right of the Little Palm Island Welcome Center (below left) at Mile Marker 28.3 on US-1 South towards Key West.

    

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Key West’s Widest Banyan Tree

IMG_1884Welcome to Key West’s widest group of Banyan aerial tree roots! Did you know that the Banyan (member of the Fig family) is the national tree of India? Now you do! Isn’t it amazing what a FREE blog can teach you! 🙂

There’s two options in photographing this monstrosity: 1) Pay to go within the compound if a person is required in your photo, 2) Simply stand outside as I did and peer over the shoulder-high fence and zoom in for a FREE photo… then run like heck so they don’t catch you! 🙂 (just kidding… walk away really fast)

You can find this mesh of Banyan tree roots at 938 Whitehead Street across from the Ernest Hemingway House within the grounds of the Key West Lighthouse.

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Bayside Marina & Boardwalk

An absolutely beautiful place to stop with PLENTY of things to do & see for ALL types of travelers! Just the view itself is spectacular as you can tell by the provided photos. At the marina alone, the walkway entrance is an eye-catching pagoda-looking arched roof worth a photo no matter what. Being called a marina, you won’t be denied a string of multi-sized boats tied to a picturesque pier with an ocean background. The parking lot is too an incredible sight that includes an awesome tree shown below that sticks out like a sore thumb and can’t be missed just feet away from the pagoda entrance.

Here’s the BONUS part! Not only do you get the above sites for FREE, but in the same parking lot to the marina you’ll fill other parts of your vacation to do list. To the immediate right is the Morada Bay Surf Bar written about in a previous blog. To the immediate left is another prior blog favorite of Ernest Hemingway’s Boat ‘Pilar’ on display inside of the World Wide Sportsman superstore. Also inside the superstore is the wildly popular Largest Fish Tank in the entire Florida Keys.

To find this ‘MANY THINGS TO DO IN ONE PLACE’ simply go to Mile Marker 81.4 on US-1 bayside. Too simple my friends! Enjoy soaking in all of the many views! Don’t you dare leave this parking lot without doing ALL 4 OF THEM! 🙂 You’ll thank me I promise!

    

    

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