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Be Quiet, This Is Not Duval Street!

I love it, anything goes in the Florida Keys and Key West! This roadside sign reads and I quote: “Be Quiet This Is Not Duval Street”. Although the World-Famous Duval Street is in Key West, this sign is not. I’d say this home owner wants no part of party-goers parking on or near his driveway and for sure doesn’t want to hear your noise! His other two signs say “No Trespassing” & “Beware Of The Dog”… yep, he want’s no part of you!

Oh yeh, here’s the funny part, read the sign one more time taking note of the spelling and use of capital letters. Hmmm, do you think he forgot how to write a capital ‘H’ since it’s the only lower case used on the sign? Sorry, I notice stuff like that! Please, there’s no need to point out any of out my shortcomings! 🙂

You can find this unique “Be Quiet This Is Not Duval Street” sign on Little Torch Key by turning towards the Gulf Of Mexico at approximately Mile Marker 28.3 onto Barry Avenue and going about 1/2 mile on the right… but remember, “BE QUIET!”

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Crocodile Art Statue

A crocodile sculpture couldn’t feel more at home than here at Crocodile Lake. The scrap metal artist’s crocodile measures about six feet from tip of the nose to tails end.

Believe it or not, I had been to this exact location just months before and somehow walked right by it! Only when bringing my then fiance whose now my wife did I finally see it capturing this photo.

To find this exact elusive crocodile, enter Card Sound Road from the south and drive 1.9 miles north and look for it on the left hand side of the road bayside at the entrance to the Crocodile Wildlife Refuge office. You can access Card Sound Road from the north at Mile Marker 126.7 and by the south at Mile Marker 107.0 in Key Largo.

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Die Hard Back Country Permit Camping

It’s time to resume our normal tourists sites along the Florida Keys… OK, I lied, there’s NOTHING NORMAL about this rarely seen attraction!

Talk about die-hard, I’ve passed this broken-down ‘Keep Out’ looking sign for years thinking it was nothing more than a closed road… wow was I wrong! I finally stopped only after seeing another car there wanting to see why he had pulled over (pictured below). Upon stepping out of the car I began to read the sign and was I ever amazed!

Beyond this point is a ‘Back Country’ camping/hiking site for only the few hardcore survivalist willing to encounter nothing more than uninhabitable swampland, crocodiles and 6, 987, 342 blood-sucking hungry mosquitos! 🙂 At one point, the Atlantic Ocean is only 200′ away not leaving very much solid ground with most being marshland. This my friends is not for your average Boy Scout mi amigo oh no! This requires a permit given out in advance from the Administrative Office at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. I quess that’s a safety precaution in case they have to notify your next of kin finding only your prized camouflage Larry the Cable Guy ‘Git-R-Done’ hat and a gator with a full belly! 🙂 Take my advice, if you’re this ‘Die Hard’ invite Bruce Willis… you’ll need him… Yippee Ki Yah! 🙂

You can find this first of two ‘Back Country’ camping/hiking sites on a way out-of-the-way back road called Card Sound Road. You can access Card Sound Road from the north at Mile Marker 126.7 and by the south at Mile Marker 107.0 in Key Largo. To find this exact site, enter from the south and drive 8.5 miles north and look on the right hand side of the road oceanside.

    

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World-Renowned Philosopher John Dewey’s House

John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey was an important early developer of the philosophy of pragmatism and one of the founders of functional psychology. He was a major representative of progressive education and liberalism.

Although Dewey is known best for his publications concerning education, he also wrote about many other topics, including experience, nature, art, logic, inquiry, democracy, and ethics.

The world-renowned philosopher John Dewey spent every winter of his twilight years here in Key West, enjoying the laid back atmosphere and warm weather. Dewey was a driven man but when in Key West embraced the local lifestyle and enjoyed his lazy vacations stating “The climate here is too relaxing to be conductive to work”. I’ve included a photo below of the US Post Office’s tribute stamp issued on behalf of his accomplishments.

You can find the Dewey House at 504 South Street here in Key West. WOW what a view of the Atlantic Ocean he had!!!!!

         

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Slow Animals At Play

How cool, a DOT with a sense of humor! 🙂 The Florida Keys is loaded with humorous street signs from Key Largo all the way to Key West. Finding them on the other hand is the real challenge. That’s where I come in, I can simplify your search leading you directly to it for those of you able to follow directions (and those men who are willing to ask if getting lost). 🙂 Here’s yet another ‘Funny Road Sign’ you can add to your list.

You can find this ‘Slow Animals At Play’ sign at Mile Marker 23.0 bayside by turning onto Spanish Main Road and going to the first road on the left called Pieces Of Eight Road and turn left and driving a 1/4 mile or so down on the left.

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1958 Pink Woody Surfwagon

WOW! When was the last time you’ve seen a 1958 Morris Minor Woody Surfwagon? And YES it runs!

OK, I’m not quite sure of the exact year yet going by other photos on-line it to me is a 1958 but I am 100% positive that it’s a Morris Minor Woody Wagon by the insignia on the hood. If you’re a car expert and can confirm or inform me of its exact year please do so! Either way, it makes a great photo adding it to your vacation list of attractions seen in the Florida Keys. You NEVER know what you might see down here and that’s yet another reason I love this place soooooooooo much!

You can see this incredible find of a nostalgic vehicle at the Summerland Sandal & Surf Co. located at 24818 Overseas Highway at Mile Marker 24.9 oceanside.

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FREE Wildlife Foliage Walkway

6749089125_d3493af5bb_bOK, you’re saying; “What’s a wildlife foliage walkway?” It’s simply a walkway filled with foliage imprints located inside a wildlife center. There, where’s that ‘EASY’ button? 🙂

I can’t begin to name or photograph the endless parade of local foliage embedded into this concrete wildlife walkway. As you can see by the photos, I’ve featured only one that I think is a palmetto frown and yet there are many more on your FREE walk around this wonderful gift of an attraction. You can spend an hour here easy seeing the other areas such as the Audubon pond, live bird exhibits, chick hatching pens and more.

You can find this great getaway attraction for the entire family within the Wildlife Center at 1801 White Street beside the Key’s largest bocce ball courts and across from the more famous White Street Pier.

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