First time in Key West

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Time to see Key West.....days are rather chilly so walks on the beach or kayaking are not really all that fun....so off to Key West to have some lunch and see the sights.

First I called my friend Vicky who had recently been to Key West visiting someone in the know and had been recalling the great meal she had while there.  She recommended, "Blue Heaven".  We arrived at what the GPS unit called, Zachary Taylor State Park to use their parking lot and see the beach there.  We actually ended up in a rather forgotten parking lot where two major Coast Guard boats were moored and open for folks to tour them for a fee.  Having done that in Oregon with Rick and Betsy, we opted for another recommendation by a passerby.  She confirmed that this parking lot is unmanned and so is free and not a problem for the RV to stay for a few hours while we roam around.  She then said that the 'Florida Eco Discovery Center' at the East side of the lot was totally worth going to see.

We parked, made sure Maudie was OK and set off to the Eco Discovery Center.  It was wonderful. Excellent exhibits educating us on the different parts of Florida landscape such as Hammocks and what lives there, mangroves and what lives there, shoreline....you get the idea.  There were highly educational and well done interactive displays which Andy and I did for an hour or so while waiting for the movie to be re-run.  The movie took us on an adventure with a little girl who begins swimming in the mangroves and as she grows up into a woman swims farther and farther out to the low country flats and on to the reefs.  It was very well done!

Hungry and ready to stretch our legs we took off walking to "Blue Heaven".  It was just about 1/3 mile down the most adorable roads with beautiful Key West homes kept immaculately clean and landscaped on tiny lots.  We had a terrific time at Blue Heaven where we both had the Jamaican Jerk Chicken plate consisting of generous portions of chicken, black beans, brown rice, mixed veggies and a huge piece of excellent cornbread.  We were in heaven ... good name for the place and thank you to Vicky and Steve for a great recommendation.  The atmosphere was ecclectic and wild and fun!!

We then proceeded to walk down Duval Street and see, hear and smell the action of Key West. Fun and imaginative and interesting.  Very alive!  We stumbled across the Mel Fisher Museum so we just had to go in.  We learned about this great guy last year at St. Sebastian Inlet.  Mel was a young man when he was walking the beach on the East Coast of Florida when he found a silver piece and some gold coins....he became quickly hooked as a treasure hunter and uncovered the Queen of Spain's dowry that went down along with other ships all caught in a terrible hurricane.  The millions of dollars that have been found are in museums and sold in jewelry by Mel's grandkids.  It was all fascinating!  There still is a lot of treasure to be found out there on the Treasure Coast and many a young man is banking his efforts on discovering  one more chunk of calcified silver coins or an emerald necklace or gold.  "Aye matey, mark my words,  keep your thoughts to your goals or you'll be hooked into a life of finding lost treasure!!!"

Tired and happy we walked to Crazy Fish and drove on home.  We left the beaches and the sunset for another visit!
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