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You Can’t Fence In Nature! :-)

IMG_1776Seen here is one of the neatest sights we’ve ever found while tooling around town on our bikes. I bet we’ve peddled by this a number of times without seeing it… but this time we did! Wow what an awesome sight it is!

Yes of course this is done on purpose to which I give kudos to the property owner for not chopping down the tree. I also give a big high-five to the city of Key West allowing such a great sight to exist on and near the sidewalk.

You can find this great oddity at 406 Fleming Street protruding through a fence. Go see it now before some over-boozed bonehead walks into it requiring five stitches suing the owner forcing the city to come by and cut it down!

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Caribbean Club’s Rooftop Dolphins

IMG_1899I want to apologize for breaking one of my own rules and missing this photo-op for over 5-years. I’ve visited here no less than 7 times over the years with friends and on fact-finding missions NEVER ONCE noticing the rooftop dolphins.

Here’s the rule I broke: Once at a location I always walk around the building hoping to find something of interest that others would normally miss. Pictured here is the back door of the club which I’ve stood many times looking out towards the ocean admiring the scenic view, picnic tables, pier & cannon. It was only when I photographed a docked vessel did I turn around seeing the rooftop dolphins while smiling from ear to ear. I will now walk around EVERY building and look on EVERY BACK ROOF for future blogs. I consider this a lesson learned! 🙂

These twin Flippers can be found on the rear rooftop of the Caribbean Club in Key Largo at Mile Marker 104.2 bayside. This is WELL WORTH a stop on your next trip down due to the MANY OTHER blogs that have been written about this one stop alone… just the scenery around it is worth it my friends!

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Key West’s Surviving Outhouse!

8341618441_75a4a5944a_bWhat a find, a surviving Key West outhouse! I s#%t you not! 🙂

An outhouse is a small structure primarily used as a toilet. It’s also commonly known as a privy or earth closet, separate from a main building situated over a pit.

As you can see, this tourist had to go really bad and yet had to hold it longer till finding a working open to the public restroom! 🙂

You can find this restroom relic located behind Key West’s ‘Oldest House’ at 322 Duval Street.

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Quit Your Job And Move To Key West!

Is this a great ad campaign or is it a marketing ploy? It’s neither! Sometimes you see something unexpected and instantly smile or snicker… this one did both! “Quit Your Job And Move To Key West, The Complete Guide” although it’s a book that I’ve never read or intend to read it struck me as an awesome title for a blog whose time has come.

As a child I lived in Key West with my parents on White Street and other locations throughout Key West and have always wanted to retire here. Those dreams of retiring seem to fade each year as the price of real estate increases annually already reaching the absurd. Simultaneously as land prices soar, its wages per person has been going down due to higher paying jobs driven out of town to locations further up the Keys. Key West is rapidly becoming a tourist driven economy with low paying service oriented jobs like shop clerks, waiters, & hotel staff. This as you know is a place that I love so dearly and still hope that somehow, someway that dream will materialize into fruition. After all, they do say that dreams sometime come true!

You can find this one-of-kind poster on Fleming Street in a book store window just 1 block north of Duval Street in Key West. I’m sure the poster has changed but the mindset of ‘Quit Your Job And Move To Key West’ I promise never will change! 🙂

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Key West’s Nun Cemetery

That’s right, a cemetery only for nuns, those who serve others their entire lives have an honored burial-place of their own. The sign above the cemetery gate reads: ‘Our Lady Of Lourdes Pray For Us’.

Though I must admit it may feel a tad eerie upon walking up to the cemetery gates. You’ll first notice the black-hooded figure with a now pale white face upon a memorial. I’m sure the faded bust at one time looked more like a representation of its person than it does now looking almost ghostly.

You can find these otherwise peaceful surroundings in a garden atmosphere at the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church Gardens located left of their activity building at the corner of Truman Avenue & Windsor Lane.

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Bikes Not On Rack Will Be Impounded

8353960579_25c3973809_mHappy THANKSGIVING to all!

There’s a TINY 4″ x 6″ sign mounted on the pavement in the pedestrian friendly Harbor Walk that goes totally unseen by most (but not me)! It reads: “BIKES NOT ON RACK WILL BE IMPOUNDED”. Though I’ve NEVER seen one city worker enforce the sign, I wouldn’t press your luck. In Harbor Walk there are many bike racks for the multitudes that flock to this ocean front destination part of Key West on their two-wheeled pedal-powered mode of transportation.

I’ve included a photo of our bikes with the sign on the ground behind to give you a proportion of size.

You can find the sign that everyone walks over yet NEVER sees or reads in-between the Eat It Raw Bar Restaurant & Turtle Kraals Restaurant in the Harbor Walk section of northwest Key West.

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LARGEST Mural In The Florida Keys!

Oh My Gosh! Jaw dropping astounding are the only appropriate words for this unexpected pleasure! I promise, you’ll want to add this one to your list!

I’ve driven by the front of this marina a thousand times over all the years never knowing it ever existed. Upon turning down a side road and rounding the corner you come up on what is the LARGEST mural in the entire Florida Keys! The mural depicts Caloosa indians engaged in daily activities during their reign of this portion of the keys. This building-long mural dominates the marina only noticing the beautiful scenic ocean view afterwards.

You can find the incredible full-length mural painted on the northern side of the Caloosa Cove Marina at Mile Marker 73.8 on the Atlantic Ocean side of the road hidden behind a gas station.

    

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