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Blackwater Siren

What a GREAT new bayfront tiki-style restaurant we found to eat at in the upper keys!

As you can see by our food below it looks good and I assure you that it tastes even better. I had the pulled pork sandwich with potato salad while the wife had a Mahi Mahi fish sandwich with waffle fries. Our diligent and speedy waiter Phil made sure our Piña Coladas never went without being refilled till leaving. Our compliments to the chef we relaid to him are word from us that truly have to be earned and in this case well deserved. Oh yeah, we enjoyed the waterfront view of the boats and wildlife too! 🙂

You can find the Blackwater Siren Restaurant at Mile Marker 108.1 bayside by taking the access road in the middle of the 18-mile stretch bridge and follow the road to its end.

     

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Jewfish Creek Bridge Historical Marker

Welcome to the historic Jewfish Creek Bridge! This is an important yet overlooked and forgotten part of the Florida Keys history being the FIRST major bridge you’ll reach in making your way down to Key West.

Over all the years there’s been three very different yet unique types of bridges spanning this waterway. The first was called a Swingspan bridge in 1907 to 1944 which I crossed countless times as a child with my parents in our family station wagon like Chevy Chase in the movie Vacation. The second called a Bascule bridge (draw bridge) was in service from 1944-2008 which I got stopped at many times as a child and adult. The  current bridge was completed in 2008 and was built to last throughout mine and your lifetimes! Oh yeah, it’s more commonly known as the 18-Mile Stretch Bridge rather than Jewfish Creek Bridge.

You too can see this hard to find Jewfish Creek Bridge historical marker located under the bridge just in front of the Blackwater Siren restaurant. Go to Mile Marker 108.1 bayside and take the access road in the middle of the 18-mile stretch bridge and follow the road to its end.

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Sandy Hook Memorial Found In Florida Keys!

About three weeks ago while in the upper Florida Keys I saw something out of the corner of my eye that I just had to turn back around and see what it was. WOW was I surprised and then sad at what it turned out to be… a local tribute to a tragic past. 😦

Remember Sandy Hook? Here’s a recap: The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members. Prior to driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The incident, at the time, was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the third-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history.

You can find this personal tribute to a tragic event from 4-1/2 years ago at Mile Marker 90.4 bayside on US-1 just in front of a local nursery. Go see it before it’s gone!

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Rooftop Waterfall

Does your home or business have a rooftop waterfall? This place does!

How cool is this man-made aquatic attraction. If you don’t feel like going swimming in their pool you simply go outside and walk under the curtain of water streaming down the corrugated metal roof! Believe me, it’s probably happened more than once! 🙂

You can find this uniquely different rooftop waterfall on US-1 at Mile Marker 102.1 bayside at the Hampton Inn in Key Largo beside the can’t miss tall old phone service tower. (pictured below)

         

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Caboose Guest House

What an AWESOME new find this was! Wow, was I amazed in seeing this.

Believe it or not, I’ve been told this is a guest house! It was brought here years ago by the property owner who was then affiliated with the railroad. When was the last time you’ve spent the night in a caboose? 🙂

You can find the Florida Key’s only Caboose Guest House by first finding Snake Creek at Mile Marker 85.8 on US-1. There’s two ways to see it: 1) Simply take a boat ride down Snake Creek on the Gulf of Mexico side of the bridge. -OR- 2) Park on the south side of the bridge in bring some binoculars looking west about 3 canals entrances down on the left.

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Long Painted Fence

img_4915 Welcome to one of Key West’s newest artistic paintings! This is no small painting either, it encompasses the entire expanse of this long fence dividing two properties. Believe me, there’s NO missing this art work I promise!

An eclectic collection of sites and scenery delight your senses as you go panel-by-panel looking at each of the artists offerings. You’ll be enlightened by the many different types of homes ranging from Bahamian to Island favorites seen throughout Key West.

You can find this ‘Long Painted Fence’ at the corner of Bertha Street & Flagler Avenue here in the sunshine capital of the Keys.

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Early Morning Oceanfront Jog

img_4914“There’s nothing better than an early morning oceanfront jog around Key West’s shores!” says this runner! In personally speaking with her, she ran 5-miles after waking up that morning and headed to the ocean taking in the fresh air and ocean breeze on this incredible beautiful dawning day.

Hey, if you don’t run then get out there and ride a bike as seen in the photo’s background. Believe me, you won’t be alone! What a GREAT way to see this AWESOME town I might add! Key West mornings are worth getting up early for even if you had a long night! 🙂

You can find this jogger… sorry, you can find 100’s of joggers at any time running for their health and sheer pleasure around this island paradise enjoying what Key West has to offer!

 

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