Monday, February 24, 2014

Kim Wings in to Key West

Just after five p.m. I stood on the deck and watched my daughter Kim's plane fly in to Key West.

At the same time, she was taking my picture here in Key West Bight.

Her first night here we enjoyed a fine meal at Conch Republic Seafood Restaurant.

We also strolled around town, enjoying the very active night life at places like Sloppy Joe's.

We have enjoyed sunsets, like this one from the roof top deck of the Galleon Resort and Marina.

We had an especially good time at the Hemingway Home.  To get there, we had to pass this fabulous Banyan tree which spread over two lots on Whitehead Street.

We also passed the beginning or end of US Route One, depending on one's perspective.

After a long walk, we finally arrived at the former home of Ernest Hemingway.

We took a guided tour of the home, which we found to be both informative and entertaining.  The house is pretty much as it was back when the famous author lived and worked in Key West.

This is the room where Ernest Hemingway wrote nearly three quarters of his work.

Apparently, a typical day was write all morning, fish all afternoon, and drink at Sloppy Joe's all evening.  According to Joe, the Key West light house, located close to his home, guided Ernest home from his bar.

There are 45 cats at the home, all descendants of the 6 toed cats that Ernest kept for good luck, just like the one enjoying a literary life in the bookstore.

Just after we finished the tour, we met cruising friends Jim and Bonnie from SV Dana.  We had met them in Chesapeake City, and then enjoyed their company again in Annapolis, Manteo and Oriental.  After introducing them to Kim, we spent a little time catching up at a local watering hole.

Hopefully, we will be able to spend more time visiting when we reach Marathon.

Stay tuned, the further adventure's of Kim's visit to Key West will follow.

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