Key West

I’d only been to Key West once before, with my friend Melissa and a few others, and I loved it. Dan is a fan of both Hemingway and quirky cites, so naturally we had to spend a few days there. Melissa flew down to Miami and we drove with her across the Overseas Highway.

We had to take Dan to the Green Parrot, amongst a few other classics

Hot tip: every one of you should invest in sunscreen manufacturers because I’ve already gone through half a tube since leaving Brooklyn.

Oh did we eat well. Key West is a paradise for those of us who love seafood. Conch, shrimp, snapper, cobia, Mahi Mahi, and that list would be much longer if we’d stayed more than two days.

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Turns out riding a bike is just like riding a bike! Photo credit Melissa Meier
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Hemingway’s balcony in a rare tourist-free moment

Hemingway’s home is famous for its cat population; I overheard a tour guide say 53 cats at current count. Possibly apocryphal, but the story goes that Hemingway admired a six-toed cat that belonged to a ship captain he knew. When the cat had kittens the captain gave Hemingway one as a gift, who had her own kittens and now the majority, if not all, cats native to Key West are related.

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This little polydactyl kitten spied something in the tree and went up after it! Probably climbed up about ten feet.

I won’t subject you to all the cat pictures we took, but rest assured it was an excessive number.

Next we hiked up the 80-some steps to the top of the Key West lighthouse, even though the day was a little foggy from the heat and humidity.

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The view from the top of the lighthouse towards the southernmost point.

In search of this signpost:

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we made our way to Zachary Taylor State Park. We’d gone to a public beach earlier in the day, but I wish we’d discovered this one earlier. It had more shade, nicer water, and was way less crowded.

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Every picture looked like a postcard – a testament to the beauty of the island, not my photo skills

And finally, an obligatory Key Lime pie from Blue Heaven:

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