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Ragged Edge Shark Sign

IMG_1386There’s a number of fiberglass photo-op shark replicas throughout the Florida Keys, this is not intended as such. I’m not quite sure what a shark has to do with the Ragged Edge Motel but it does make a GREAT looking sign that absolutely stands out as you’re driving by! Can’t miss it even if you wanted to.

Oh yeah, the motel itself is just as gorgeous as the sign is… we’ve gotten our prices and will return for a weekend in our oceanfront room.

You can find the Ragged Edge Motel at Mile Marker 86.8 oceanside by turning onto Treasure Harbor Drive (unmarked) and wiggling down the road .3 miles on the left.

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Time To Be Schooled On Murals!

IMG_1616Yet another beautiful mural found in the Florida Keys, its location though may surprise you!

Most all of the murals throughout the entire Keys are painted on businesses of all kinds including a K-Mart, scuba dive shops, veterinary clinic, restaurants, boat storage facility, tourist information centers, and many other privately run businesses. This however is none of the above, this my friends is found on a government funded high school! Yes mi amigos, Marathon High School proudly displays this beautifully painted mural upon their front wall for all to see. So kudos for being different Marathon High, you fit right into the Florida Keys laidback unique take on life!

You can find this schoolhouse mural at Mile Marker 50.1 on US-1 oceanside. Turn onto Sombrero Beach Road heading down about .9 tenths of a mile where you’ll see it on the left.

OK, here’s common sense rule # 101 🙂 that states: Since being a school, you should plan your visit for either before or after what would be considered regular school hours or on a weekend.

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A Round Tree Branch… Freak OF Nature?

Is this oddity a freak of nature, genetic hybrid or the beginnings of a Disney World topiary characters sculpted from a bush? Have you ever in your life seen a ROUND tree branch?

This small tree sits nearly alone only feet away from a pond and is impossible to miss. Upon seeing this from a distance I was nothing less than astounded as I hurried toward my prized photo. Being inside a Botanical Garden I already expected the unexpected but never this!

As I got closer I could see that the branch was almost perfectly round wondering how could that be? Standing only feet away you could finally tell that something wasn’t right about this lone growing tree. I couldn’t resist in touching the tree to find out what it was either petrified or bronze… my little brain said bronze. It was in fact a man-made sculpture without a sign. 😦 I was actually hoping that it was in some way real. Oh well, either way, it’s TOO cool!

You can find this artists rendition of nature gone awry at the Key West Botanical Garden on College Road by turning off of US-1 at Mile Marker 4.3 just before crossing the bridge onto the main island of Key West.

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Oops, Forgot Wife!

Got wife? If so, you better make sure she’s with you in the family camper or car before leaving a fun-filled weekend of camping! 🙂 Look closely at the yellow ‘Check List’ sign: Antenna Down, Steps Up, Sewer Cap On, Wife In Car!

I love humorous signs and this one falls right in there along with another yellow road sign spotted in the Keys that read “Children, They Taste Like Chicken”.

You can find this oddity photo-op just off of US-1 South at Mile Marker 20.0 oceanside. Turn onto road 939B and head into the KOA Kampground finding the sign at the campsites main entrances exit lane.

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Police Badge Found By Fountain

IMG_1564Finding neat, exciting and different oddities by accident is a very rewarding part of my job. Many times I’ll see a sign, marker, statue or plaque (as in this one), take a photo without ever reading it till getting home knowing that if it’s not blog-worthy material it can simply be deleted. This on the other hand surprised me upon enlarging the commemorative plaque.

I found a Key West Police Officer’s badge none like any other I’d run across mounted above a plaque in front of a fountain. This stand-alone badge made me take note, think and contemplate its message. I’ll let you do the same. Here’s what’s inscribed:

Behind this badge you will meet strength and truth.

Behind this badge you will meet honor and compassion.

Behind this badge you will meet mothers, fathers, sisters, and sons.

Behind this badge you will meet the men and women of the Key West Police Department.

You too can find this Key West Police Officer’s badge and plaque in front of the main entrance to the Key West Police Department at 1600 North Roosevelt Boulevard.

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Garden -or- Cemetery?

IMG_0209Though from a distance it looks like a pet cemetery, I assure you it’s NOT! Upon closer inspection it turns out to be the only one of its kind I’ve seen in the Florida Keys! It’s actually a local seafood restaurant’s own herb garden. Now how’s that for FRESH! “I’ll have the blackened Mahi-Mahi garnished with some of those weeds I saw in your garden outside!” 🙂 OK, they wouldn’t appreciate that too much!

So, I ask you my loyal readers, “Does your local seafood restaurant have its own herb garden?”… I bet 99.9% of you answered with a resounding “No!”. Well this one does and that makes it unique enough to be Florida Keys blog-worthy… besides, “IT LOOKS LIKE A PET CEMETERY… and those are always cool!”. 🙂

You can find this stand-alone herb garden at Snapper’s restaurant at Mile Marker 94.8 oceanside. Turn onto Ocean View Boulevard driving about 1/4 mile to Seaside Avenue where you’ll see the restaurant directly in front of you. Parking is FREE and so are the astounding views from their back BAR! 🙂

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Going Down The Lazy River

7175550312_1c5eca7f8f_bWhether it’s kayaking or canoeing you’re into really doesn’t matter because this place has them both!

Seen in the featured photo is another photo, not quite sure where it is… but I know it’s not of the Florida Keys since we don’t have any mountains! 🙂 In the picture below, the colored canoes & kayaks make a great rainbow-type photo with someone from your group kneeling beside or behind them. I didn’t get the exact price to rent either but assure you all they’re not free. 🙂

You can find these kayaks & canoes and other day-long activities all over the John Pennekamp State Park on US-1 at Mile Marker 102.3 oceanside across the street from the CASTLE… you’ll know what I mean once you see it! The park does change an entrance fee per car’s occupants… if I recall, maybe the $3 to $4 range. The park is so well worth the price, bring a picnic and make a day of it, there’s that much here to do!

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Church Humor: Thou Shalt Not Park Here

AWESOME SIGN! Sometimes humor can be found in the most unlikely places. This church parking lot sign is nothing less than Heaven sent for a ‘365 Days’ blog. ‘Thou Shalt Not Park Here’ is yet another perfect example of why we drive in and around church parking lots. Church is one of the last places that you’d expect to find humor and yet one of the most appreciated.

This humorous sign can be found at Mile Marker 90 oceanside of US-1 exactly next to the Coral Shores High School in Tavernier at the Coral Isles United Church Of Christ.

 

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Beach Picnic With A View To Die For!

Though every beach has an ocean view, the type of view is up to you in where you chose to get comfy at. Few times are you able to enjoy such splendor, serenity, peacefulness and seclusion as we did on this given day!

Here at the busiest beach in Key West we were alone in our view of the Atlantic Ocean. After our customary bike ride around town, we chose here for a picnic (notice our bike basket doubling as a picnic basket)… and what a GREAT choice it proved to be. Though we weren’t the only ones on the beach, we were the only ones in the view of our picnic table towards the ocean.

Life is good down here in Key West, days like this just make me love this place even more. What a view and fantastic picnic we had! You too can find your picnic spot here at Higgs Beach on the southeastern portion of the island… though I can’t guarantee that you’ll be the only ones there as we were!

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Voted BEST EVER Southernmost Sign In The Florida Keys!

Hands down the BEST ‘Southernmost Sign’ EVER in the entire Florida Keys!

OK, I must admit that I was the ONLY judge voting for the ‘Southernmost Sign’ crown and here it is! 🙂 This colorful very large KOA Campground sign is indeed the best of the best ones out there… and I’ve seen dozens.

I’ve reported in the past that there’s a southernmost everything out there: Southernmost Home, Southernmost Motel, Southernmost Furniture, Southernmost Tattoo, and even a Southernmost Cigar Company all vying for the prestigious title in their respective categories.

You can find this BEST Southernmost Sign EVER and photo-op bench just off of US-1 South at Mile Marker 20.0 oceanside. Turn onto road 939B and head into the KOA Kampground finding the sign directly upon entering the campsite.

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