In the city of Marathon heading south on US-1 at Mile Marker 52.7 on the left side of the road you’ll find a strange set of aqua colored dome homes & buildings.
These odd shaped abodes are now a Pool Supply Company and formerly a Real Estate Office in prior years. I actually stopped in and spoke with the current occupant quizzing him on its unique style and history. In asking if I could walk around the property and take some photos he replied “If you want to!” so I did and enjoyed it.
If there’s one thing about me you’ll soon find out it’s that “I’m NOT SHY at all!” After all, the worst they can do is say “NO!” I’ve ridden in Barney Fief’s TV show police car, had a guided tour of the Presidential Train & allowed to stroll through Chicago Cubs baseball stadium completely alone for 5 minutes to take photos simply by asking! Oh yeah, that advice is free, YOU’LL RECEIVE NO BILL! 🙂
“10-4 Good Buddy!”… Wow a CB sign, does that bring back memories of the 1970’s! CB’s were at their height around that time with the song “Convoy” by C.W. McCall 1975 staying No#1 for a massive 19 weeks in Austria! 🙂 (only 1 week in the USA) along with the Hollywood MEGA movie “Smokey and the Bandit” featuring Burt Reynolds & Sally Field in 1977.
Well, I don’t have a CB and never owned one so I can’t verify 100% on it still being manned even though the sign says it is. Not quite sure how many folks these days even own a CB. Even if it’s not manned… WOW what a nostalgic sign either way!
You can find this FREE roadside oddity CB sign directly on US-1 southbound lane at Mile Marker 91.6 bayside.
Welcome to a DEAD END in the middle of the boonies. Here’s one for the die-hard dedicated adventurous readers of our blog! 🙂 I on the other hand chose NOT to hike on this particular sweltering day of summer! Heck, I nearly passed out standing outside for 11-minuter 23-seconds while taking these photos! 😦
I’m not 100% sure on where these paths lead but it’s probably a muddy footpath to the Gulf of Mexico. There’s at least two different choices and directions that you can start your hike, both begin behind the brown sign shown below. If anyone has photos please let me know by passing them along! OH YEAH, the signs say “Hike at your own risk” & “Please lock your doors, remove valuables from sight”.
PS – Tell someone that you’re going out here since you’ll have NO cell phone service and bring mosquito spray and extra water because you’re in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE! I bid you “Good Luck” in English & Spanish “Buena Suerte”… you’re going to need it! 🙂
You can find these DEAD END HIKING paths by driving on US-1 to Mile Marker 30.4 bayside and turning onto Key Deer Blvd. Once you’ve turned, simply go down 4.6 miles straight ahead your private parking area. Yes, that’s my car in the photo, I was there for 20-minutes overall NEVER seeing another human being for miles.
Last Chance Saloon
At the southern end of Florida City is the imaginary Mile Marker 126.7 which is the unmarked unofficial official beginning to the Florida Keys. 🙂 It’s here at Last Chance Saloon (notice the sign, it actually says: Inside Toilets & Friendly People Only!) 🙂 where you’ll make your trips first decision of turning left onto Card Sound Road or going straight on what’s commonly called “The 18 Mile Stretch” of US-1 South.
Card Sound Road is a 25.8 mile toll road and a no brainer when US-1 is backed up, closed or during major holidays. “The 18 Mile Stretch” is the more direct approach and therefor always busier. Card Sound Road offers: Alabama Jack’s, Panther Crossing sign, Crocodile Lake Wildlife Refuge, Rock and Roll stones & Dagny Johnson Botanical Park. “The 18 Mile Stretch” has Gilbert’s Resort, the Pirate Ship “Queen Ann’s Revenge II”, Crocodile Crossing sign & Over Manatee Creek. I myself have a rule of thumb of taking US-1 down (always ready to get there) and returning by Card Sound Road. All sites listed above on both roads have been be detailed in past blogs so put that search feature to work! 🙂
I’ve been waiting a long time for this nature preserve to be completed. Passing by with only the sign up and gate locked for the least 2 years, it’s finally open and ready for the public. As you can see below it’s very clean… in fact pristine with its benches, swing and gym-type spider web climber as if they had NEVER BEEN USED. The inside of the tiki-hut is brand spanking new with tables so far only being used as target practice by birds perched above. YUK
I walked around 40-minutes sweating profusely on this VERY HOT Saturday at noon. Though the property backs up to the Gulf of Mexico, there’s no path yet available to its potential majestic views. Be aware that there’s no restroom facilities, no water, no grilles and unfortunately NO people either! Oh yeah, there’s only parking for 2 or 3 cars… so CAR POOL! 🙂
You can find this newly opened Key Tree Cactus Nature Preserve on US-1 at Mile Marker 80.7 bayside.
Did you take ‘Buoy 101’ as part of your college curriculum? Don’t worry, I didn’t either. I bet that 99.9% of average Joes and 99.8% of fisherman couldn’t tell you the meaning of every single color, shape, size, number, letter, lit or unlit buoy is either! 🙂 BUT if your interested, here’s a chart I found titled ‘Know Your Buoys’ that’ll explain ANYTHING & EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know and MORE about buoys! (WOW… I bet you’re really fired up to read it now) 🙂
You can find this ‘Know Your Buoys’ sign and MORE at Key West’s City Marina beside the Palm Avenue Causeway in Key West’s northwest portion of the island.
True fishermen! I love it, these guys are preparing their days catch on the open water for a fresh fish dinner to die for.
Sport & pleasure fishing is REALLY BIG in the Keys. Fishing is something you either LOVE or leave to someone else. Ever since the day I was taken to the hospital and had a hook cut out of my thumb… I now leave the sport to someone else! (true) 😦 These guys on the other hand live for it showing up in their enthusiasm as I watched and spoke to them.
You can find this Backcountry Fishing Camp just off US-1 at Mile Marker 33.0 oceanside near the northern entrance to the Key Deer Habitat. Turn onto Long Beach Drive and then left into the parking lot of the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge.