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Key Deer Refuge

Where can you find a National Key Deer Refuge sign? That would be in the middle of a mud puddle of course! And what can you see while in the National Key Deer Refuge…¬†let me think… I got it, Key Deer! ūüôā

Yes, I stepped in water and mud just to get this exact shot for you showing how close the sign is to the road when you go looking for it… “Your Welcome!” ūüôā

You can find this National Key Deer Refuge sign¬†by driving¬†on US-1¬†to Mile Marker 30.4 bayside and turning¬†onto¬†Key Deer Blvd with the sign immediately on your left. PS – Watch out for Bambi while driving through the FREE¬†refuge… they’re EVERYWHERE!

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Islamorada’s Sushi Lighthouse :-)

OK, no the lighthouse is not made out of sushi, and¬†no it’s not really called a lighthouse! ūüôā¬†Now that we’ve stated the obvious, it’s a metal constructed reef¬†light standing in front of a sushi restaurant. Even knowing that, I’m still sticking with ‘Sushi Lighthouse’ that¬†sounds so much better!

This¬†reef light¬†I’ve been told was made by master craftsmen and local artist legend ‘Lighthouse Larry’ who has done many such creations throughout the entire Keys. The beam atop the reef¬†light actually works at night illuminating a beacon of guiding light to would-be sushi goers honing in on a delicious raw meal. ūüôā

You can find this artist’s spectacular rendition of an offshore reef light next to the Hurricane Monument on¬†US-1¬†at Mile Marker 81.5¬†oceanside standing in front of the¬†Kaiyo Grill & Sushi Restaurant.


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Key’s Tailgate Party

IMG_1577Wow, I can’t tell how much this blog reminds me of one of those Jeff Foxworthy ‚ÄúYou might be a redneck if‚Ķ ‚ÄĚ jokes! :-)¬†Straight from a would-be future script: “You might be a redneck if cousin Bubba’s tailgate hangs on your wall as decoration!”

If this is right up your alley then¬†I found¬†a magnificent one-of-a-kind piece of artwork you’d¬†be interested in.¬†(OK, maybe not)¬†On the other hand, I’m sure¬†that for¬†the right¬†price¬†it could indeed be yours! Only in the Keys my friends… only in the Keys!

Find this wall-hanging pickup truck tailgate¬†at Belle’s Trading Post¬†Mile Marker 14.3 oceanside on US-1¬†by turning onto¬†Blue Water Drive¬†and veering right¬†a mere¬†1/10 of a mile. Hurry up¬†before it’s¬†sold! ūüôā

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Key West’s Antique ‘Antique Shop’

Not exactly what you’d envision as an antique dealer in Key West… or is it? Welcome to Key West’s antique ‘Antique Shop’.¬†In this unassuming building (sits beside¬†a residential home) you’ll find an eclectic collection of unusual¬†conversation pieces¬†varied from the standard run-of-the-mill dime-a-dozen $5 T-shirts shops that line Key West’s souvenir central better known as Duval Street.

Yes, it looks like an abandoned building but it’s not. Yes, they’re closed more than they’re open. Yes, they open late and close earlier than almost any other business in ‘Old Town’… but I guess that’s the way they like it, as long as they pay rent. Hmmm, maybe they¬†don’t have rent and that’s why they can do whatever they want to about their open hours! ūüôā

This is one beautiful antique building to me! Look at the right hand addition portion with the trellis as a tree crawls all the way up and upon its roof, its oceanic divers porthole window as seen above in the featured photo. Photographic splendor at its finest!

You can find this quant uniquely¬†shaped¬†antique ‘Antique Shop’ near the corner of¬†Greene Street¬†&¬†Elizabeth Street¬†in the US’s southernmost city of Key West. The only problem is that¬†you¬†may not find them open! ūüôā


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General Motors Truck – Most Photographed

Welcome to General Motors most photographed truck in Key West by far! Though we must be quite brutally honest, it’s not¬†for its artistic beauty but for its ambience at one of Key West’s most popular tourist areas called Harbor Walk.

Wow, I finally got a chance to take a photo of this truck without any other tourists standing around it, posing with it, pointing at it, leaning on it, photographing it, or trying to drive off in it! ūüôā OK, that last one was a stretch to say the least! I’m sure it’s been years since this General Motors Truck has seen the likes of a key in¬†its ignition!

The sign in the driver’s side¬†window reads ‘Out of gas be back in 20 minutes’… that was probably left on there¬†30-years ago! I’ve come to the conclusion¬†that the only way this is going to get back on the road is sitting upon a flatbed tow truck… but then again, I didn’t need my years of drinking beer in college and skipping classes to know that! ūüôā

You can find this photographic GM Truck relic parked where it’s always¬†at in front of Mac’s Sea Garden in the ever popular Harbor Walk.



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Handicapped Parking?

And you thought you had parking problems! ūüôā I wonder, was this person handicapped before his attempt to park on the steep upgrade of rocks or is he handicapped now because of it? ūüôā So leave your cane, walker, crutches &¬†wheelchair at home because it sure won’t help here! That is, if it were real, it’s amazing how looking at something from a different perspective can change the appearance¬†of what you think you’re looking¬†at. Pictured below is the same pile of rocks and African Safari vehicle from an alternative position and you can see that it’s a tourist display for photo-ops with the real handicapped¬†parking in front of it.

I¬†stumbled upon¬†this¬†AWESOME rugged-riding picture on my ride home a while back from the Keys when I turned down yet another road I’d never been. You too can exercise¬†your right to explore Little Torch Key by turning at Mile Marker¬†28.3 bayside onto¬†Barry Avenue¬†and going about 1/2 mile on the right into the parking lot. This is a fantastic place to stop to wet your whistle and fill your belly with some Florida Keys fresh seafood and fixin’s! There’s plenty more to see and do here so be looking for a future¬†blog devoted this site rather than its unique Safari truck display.

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Freedom Is Not Free!

IMG_1629“Freedom Is Not Free!” Oh how true that statement is! Countless men and women have fought for our country, many giving their very lives¬†to secure the life we’re¬†so privileged to¬†have here in the United States of America.

What a great unexpected find this double duo was. I was drawn in by the painted eagle upon the building’s exterior and would’ve never seen the round memorial medallions honoring the veterans of¬†foreign conflicts if not for the eagle. The medallions are mounted¬†on the outer portion of a brick flower box¬†just below the eagle. The conflicts represented are: World War I (listed as World War), World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Persian Gulf &¬†Iraq along with¬†one for each¬†branch of the service.

You can find the ‘Freedom Is Not Free’ painted eagle and the bonus memorial war medallions¬†at the American Legion building at Mile Marker¬†49.4 oceanside on Hwy. US-1 in Marathon.

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