Sunday, December 13, 2009

Out and About!

"Out and About" could have several meanings in Key West.  Take your pick!

We are having a quiet, relaxing weekend in Key West.  Joey looked and found the yard sale map in the paper and off we went.

The first one was one Duval Street. That will be easy!  We get our bikes out and bike up Catherine to Duval (which is one way down from Duval).  The local paper was mentioning that the people on bikes don't always top for stop signs or lights and here we are going the wrong way on a one way street.  Ah well, we always try to look for traffic first.  Then we turn left for 1/2 block to Number 1.

Molly (in Pink) checks out the books and Joey checks out some art work.  Molly and I stop for a Mango Smoothie before we hit number 2.

We got two for $9 and headed out.  Joey lead us to several more sales until we decided we had enough.  A quick trip back to our pad and we were off to the beach at Ft.Zachery Taylor.  We paid our $2.50@ to get in and settled in to watch the world go by!

This is one of the four rock piles that protect the beach.  (Remember you can click on the pictures to enlarge them!)  The rock piles are great to snorkle around.

This is the view towards the Gulf and the channel to the downtown port.  I like to fish at the very end of the  stone jetty.  Haven't caught any big fish but always get a few to exercise.

This view is to the left and looking towards the Naval Base housing at the south end of the beach.  It isn't very crowded today.  We watch the tourists and the boats and read.

One of the popular things people like to do is to take a Jet Ski tour around the island.  Here are about 8 Jet Skis about half way around the island.  The Alantic Ocean is pretty calm today but they have to watch those other boats in the channel.

It is great just to relax, read, and be one with the beach!

Where are those Pina Coladas?

I wish I had a picture of what our bikes look like on the way to the beach.  Joey has two beach towels draped around his neck and two beach chairs balancing in his bike's basket , Molly had the cooler and reading material, and I usually have my backpack on with a fishing rod sticking out of it.

Afer a few hours of reading, I'm bored and decide to head back early.  As I get to the house (5 minutes) I decide to take pictures of the vegetation around the house.

This is a palm fern (?) on the side of the house.  The homeless take the leaves and weave baskets to sell to tourists.

I am trying to think up a name for this plant but can't come up with anything.  Someone will tell me in the comments.

This could be a Banana Palm.  Yeah, that is what it is, a banana palm. I think.

These palm trees are along our hot tub.   There, I have covered all I know about the flora and fauna of Key West.  Yes, I am too lazy to look up the information....I've adopted the Key West relaxing life style and don't care if I don't know what the plants are.  They are nice and I do look at them every day.

After the afternoon activities, we are tired and decide to cook ground lamb burgers and sweet potato fries for supper. With a good meal under our belts, we head out to the Bottle Cap Lounge for the fund raiser during Happy Hour.  We walk the block and a half and get a drink and some tickets.  Joey and I each got $10 worth of tickets for the door prizes.  Joey shares some of his tickets with Molly. As they start calling out the numbers, Molly wins an original water color scene.  Wow, she is lucky.  In 15 minutes, Molly wins a "green" shopping canvas bag.  Another 10-15 minutes goes by and then Molly hears another of her ticket's numbers called out.  Gee, she didn't even buy any tickets but the ones she has from Joey are hot!  Rider would be so jealous.  Molly just won a $125 massage.  Molly puts her winnings into her bag and we head back to relax at home.  We do have finish reading the Citizen and the New York Times.

Sunday morning, Molly and Joey invite me to breakfast.  We head out on our bikes to the Blue Heaven.  This time we have a 30 minute wait so Joey heads back to get the Sunday New York Times to read.  The Blue Heaven is so busy.  It is rated one of the top place for breakfast.

Where else do you have live entertainment for breakfast.  This is a roof shelter in the corner which is over one of the tables beside us.

Joey is trying to get some hints on this week's picks for his fantasy football team.

The eating area is an outside patio under a huge banyon tree.  There are a few sails tied to the trees above your head in case it rains.  We order the Rooster's Special.  We get two eggs, bacon, and 2 blueberry or pecan pancakes.  We were stuffed and it was now almost noon.  We arrived at 10:00 am, got seated at 10:45, ordered our food and received it about 11:25 am.  Joey was told you can't get a Bloody Mary in KW until noon on Sundays.  He wasn't happy.  Thanks Joey for a great brunch!

Are there any topics I should address in the next blog?  I'm running out of ideas.  Come on, guys, give me some suggestions or hints!  Thanks for reading.

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