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Day Twelve: Key West

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012

Dave!The forecast was for overcast skies and eventual rain. Key West got blue skies and sunshine. I celebrated my good fortune by getting another sunburn and eating key lime pie.

I also did a number of touristy things because I felt kind of touristy. The last time I was here I didn't feel like doing anything, so I guess it all balances out in the end.

First stop? The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. I had such a good time when I visited the one in Australia that I couldn't pass it up. This one was smaller, but just as nice. And it had birds in it. Overall a very, very cool experience...









Then I was of to the Key West Lighthouse and Lighthouse Keeper Quarters Museum where I confronted my fear of heights to climb the 88 steps to the top...


Lighthouse View

Then I decided to give Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville a chance to redeem themselves after the awful, awful experience I had in Grand Caymans. It was just as delicious and great an experience as I've had at other Margaritavilles I've been to, so I was happy again...

Margaritaville Key West

Then a stop at the Oldest House in Key West...

Oldest House in Key West

Then a visit to President Truman's Little White House...

Truman's Little White House

Then a world-famous Conch Train Tour...

Conch Train Tour

Then a stop at The Ernest Hemmingway House and Museum. I had been here before, but love all the cats (some of which are six-toed!), so I had to stop again...

Hemmingway House

Hemmingway Study

Hemmingway Cat!

Hemmingway Cat!

But most all the houses in Key West are special in some way... even if they never belonged to somebody famous...

Key West Homes

Then off to the Key West Aquarium...

Key West Aquarium

And the Highway 1 Mile 0 marker...

Mile 0 Key West

Then it was time for a refreshing Stewart's Key Lime soda!

Stewarts Key Lime

And the historic Southernmost House Inn... supposedly the second-most photographed house in the USA after the White House...

Southernmost House

And then I wandered around Southernmost Point... went back to see a few more butterflies... then dropped by my hotel to put my feet up and blog a bit. Not bad for seven hours in Key West!


30 DAYS DRAWING CHALLENGE: Draw Something Orange...

Drawing Challenge 19

The official fruit of Florida... ORANGES!!

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  1. Fluffycat says:

    Great photos, though I was hoping for more closeup shots of cat toes. The gene that gives them extra toes doesn’t make it always six; I’ve seen some cats with eight or more on each foot. Pretty cool though it is a pain if you want to try to trim the nails.

  2. martymankins says:

    The colors on those butterflies are incredible.

    So is that view from the lighthouse.

  3. B.E. Earl says:

    Those little houses are referred to as Cigar Maker’s Cottages, and are all over the place in Old Town. Aren’t they awesome? I’m staying in one of them next month. I can’t tell you how excited these past couple of posts have made me for my vacation!

  4. Erin says:

    Flutterbies! I love them… except the Atlas moth. That one kind of creeps me out. There is a Butterfly habitat down in Elkton. I keep meaning to visit it.

    Also, my cat is a polydactyl cat–on all four paws. She is quite good at opening things I do not necessarily want her to be able to open. Like pizza boxes, drawers and cabinets.

  5. Ha! I did all those things back when I was 11 and we went down to Key West for a family vacation! How awesome are those cats? Totally!

  6. Invader_Stu says:

    It looks like a great place 🙂

  7. the muskrat says:

    We went to a butterfly garden in Costa Rica and really enjoyed it. Well done!

  8. Sybil Law says:

    Butterflies are so beautiful. They’re like nature’s little jewels.

  9. claire says:

    I never cease to be impressed by how much you pack into a day, Dave. 🙂 Very cool photos all round.

  10. oh dave, these photos are fantastic! i’m blown away by those butterflies. rather impressed with all you shoved into just seven hours, too!

    although, should i be embarrassed that you say the inn is the 2nd most photographed house in the us, yet i had never seen an image of it before today?

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