The best part of Key West is getting there. The turquoise water, the green keys, the quaint towns. Everyone should go at least once because the Conch Republic is unique. Visit not only for the history; the Truman White House, Hemingway’s House (with the decendents of his 6-toed cats), the southernmost point in the US, Mallory Square, the oldest schoolhouse, etc., but visit for the fun & energy of the town. I’ve been several times so I was just taking a fun day trip – a two hour drive from Long Key State Park.
While taking a picture of the iconic Marilyn Monroe statue in front of the Tropic Theater an old gent told me to go pose with her & he’d take my photo. He does this because he loves to see how people pose with Marilyn, especially the men. I can only imagine. Did I mention the locals are friendly, artistic & quirky?
One of the changes I noticed were the many chickens roaming the streets doing what chickens do.
So, I stepped over the chicken droppings and went looking for lunch on Duval Street. I had Havana Nachos at the bar at Sloppy Joes & a Blue Moon. I’m a huge Hemingway fan and really enjoyed the photos & other memorabilia on the walls. Two hours was more than enough time for me to roam around Key West & I was back at my campsite by 2:30. The skies were getting dark & the wind was picking up.
The thunder & lightening woke me around midnight. My little Casita was rockin’ & rollin’ and I could hear the awning flapping (why didn’t I take it down before dark – stupid, Stupid!)? I thought of the old black & white movie, “Key Largo” with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall & Edward G. Robinson set during a hurricane on Key Largo with a bunch of bad guys threatening the good guys.
The morning came dark, windy & raining. I poked my head outside expecting to see the campsite a mangled mess but everything looked pretty good. First, get that damned awning rolled into its housing so I can stop worrying about it. I could have used Bogie’s help. In “Key Largo” he outsmarted the goons, fell in love with Lauren Bacall and killed Edward G. Robinson in less time than it took me to roll up that slightly twisted awning. Lauren Bacall looked gorgeous & sexy after running out in the hurricane’s rain & wind to close the shutters on her hotel. I bet I looked just as gorgeous & sexy standing in the rain emptying my Casita’s tanks at the dump station.