Key West – Something for Everyone

Key West isn’t just a bunch of bars, of course there are bars like Sloppy Joes if drinking is your thing.

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And there is a bar called the Garden of Eden at the top of the Whistle Bar where you can enjoy your alcoholic beverage and clothing is optional.

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There are all kinds of water sports you can try.

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And boats you can charter.

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Short cruises you can take – maybe not Carnival.

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Every kind of shop imaginable.

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There’s art to look at.

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Churchs to check out.

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Music to listen to like Moose and the Bulletproof Blues Band at the Ninety Mile High Club where you can enjoy your favorite cigar.

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Odd trees to look at like the Banyan tree seen below or the Kapok tree on Whitehead St.

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Maybe enjoy the pool at your rental unit – I did.

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You’ll meet people you haven’t seen in awhile like Kelly (I’m standing next to her on the right) who used to be part of a large group of us that went camping every year up here in Ohio. New people like Denny – the conservative and his wife Janet who we met at the Conch Republic Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant has it’s own shrimp boat bringing in fresh pink shrimp daily – some of the best I have ever had and I know shrimp ! Not to mention the killer two for one Happy Hour everyday.

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And last but not least there are some of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see at  Sunset Pier.

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So check out Key West – this was my second visit there and we had an action packed four days. I guarantee you won’t leave there disappointed.

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UJ In The Keys

IMG_2696UJ is down in Key West, where the sun is warm and the rum drinks are cold.

C’mon, UJ! I haven’t been on a spring break trip to Florida in years. How about a report from the sunny south?

What’s that warm sand feel like? What about the hot sunshine on your skin, and the feel of a cold, beaded glass of Captain Morgan’s and Coke in your hand? And those bright rays on your sunglasses, and a languid scent of cocoa butter suntan lotion on the skin, and the gentle breezes of the Caribbean ruffling the canopy of the beach umbrella?

I’m working this week, but that doesn’t mean I can’t live vicariously through some Webner House posts.

Cruising the Mud Keys – Vacation – Key West Florida – Part 2

Last Friday we took a Custom Charter on a boat captained by Eric Cline and for six hours we cruised what are called the Mud Keys and some of Florida’s beautiful coral reefs.  It’s hard to put into words what a phenomenal time we all had.

The sky was so blue, the trees were so green and the water was crystal clear and did I mention the temperature was in the mid-eighties with a nice breeze.

We landed on what Eric said was the only island in the Mud Keys with sand (all the rest are mud thus Mud Keys). He said it takes hundreds of years for sand to form on these islands.

Dana and I wading amongst the mangrove trees.

Most of the views were breathtaking ! It’s hard to believe there would be a more beautiful place in the world than this.

Passing by one of the Mud Key Islands with the mangrove trees. Mangrove trees offer shelter to juvenile fish, turtles and crustaceans and help protect the coastline from serious erosion during the storm season.

Heading off to the coral reefs for snorkeling.

It was my first time snorkeling so breathing through my mouth took some getting used to, but I came across this molted crab shell, saw many schools of beauty fish and brought back a live star fish to the boat for everyone to see (we threw it back in). Some of the sponge growths were truly amazing !

The water in some areas along the coral reef is very shallow and at times the shoreline extends a good distance into the water so it was quite easy for boats to get stuck in the sand and need help being pushed out to deeper water.

Florida is the only state with extensive shallow coral reef formations near its coastline and they were formed approximately 5,000 to 7,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Reef growth is slow from one half inch to seven inches per year. Dana let me borrow her underwater camera for pictures and when she gets them developed I will post some of them in the near future.

On the way back to Key West Captain Eric had some crab traps he had dropped six weeks ago and he had us hoist them up to see what he had caught. Check out the claws on this baby ! Speaking of claws – he would remove one of the crab claws on the big ones and throw the crab back in as they regenerate a new claw after several moltings.

I would highly recommend this one day trip if you go to Key West – Custom Charters – Eric J Cline. Eric’s relaxed demeanor made for a truly wonderful time and something none of the five of us will ever forget ! Thanks Eric.

Vacation – Key West Florida – Part 1

Ahhhhhh – the vacation of a lifetime ! Morning coffee on the balcony of a room at Ocean Key Spa and Resort overlooking Sunset Key with Dana and Season. Sunset Key is a private island with 48 single family homes all worth more than $1.5 million and Oprah has a house there.

Then down to the pool for more rest and relaxation. Nate the pool concierge would pass out frozen lime green towels so we dab our brows if they were even a little sweaty ! Dana, Season, Sara and Libby (Dana’s sister who lives in Key West year round) enjoying the sun.

And drinks at the poolside bar where the view was spectacular !

Chicken nachos and chicken wings by the pool with some rumrunners !

Using the hot tub after the prior evening festivities, hey Season I wonder what the commoners are doing today ?

Definitely Worth Seeing !

If you have never been to Key West before most of the bars have local talent that performs daily and nightly. Sunday through Thursday from noon to four Ben Taddiken, sings and plays the guitar at Captain Tony’s on Greene St.

He plays a wide range of music from Patience by Gun’s n Roses to Leader of the Band by Dan Fogelberg and performs any and all requests. Not only does Ben have an excellent voice, but his charm, quick wit and sense of humor make his act a most enjoyable afternoon experience. So if your ever in Key West check him out, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Greetings from Key West

Well we landed in Key West during a torrential down pour at about twelve noon today, but the rest of the day turned out wonderful. Below is an afternoon view of Sunset Key from our hotel room and a picture of the sunset that occurred just a few minutes ago.

Thanks to Libby’s husband Ben we are staying at the Ocean Key Resort and Spa – what a beautiful place – everyone should stay here at least once in their lifetime !