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Audible Audubon

Finding the Commissary


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2005 Migrating by Mercedes & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

While Bob was in the Navy, we were in Key West for two months in 1961, and for three years 1966-1969) When we retired, we sailed down on our boat in the winter of 2000-2001. We sailed down to Fort Jefferson and made a short trip to the Bahamas. We came again the following year in 2001-2002, and we thought we would go farther in the Bahamas. That story is here. Heart Attack at Shroud Cay The next visit was the winter of 2003-2004 when we stayed at a marina in Marathon and rented a car for monthly trips down to Key West. So this year since we have a car available I have been looking for the places which I remembered from the 60's. The Aubudon House is one of those places (I have the photos I took back then), and I still want to revisit the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson.

Monday, 7 February 2005

This morning I am determined to see Audubon House. First I called to make a reservation for the Dry Tortugas trip, but the first time they can take me is Thursday. It is supposed to rain Thursday, but I will hope that they are wrong about that too. Then I called Bahia Honda to see if they had a glass bottom boat trip, but they do not.
Express bus

Express bus


We started out for downtown about 9:15. My thinking was that we might be able to find street parking at a meter if we got there early enough, and indeed after only one turn around the block we did find a place about 9:45. Otherwise, $3 an hour at the Mallory Square parking lot run by the city would be preferable to $10 for 2 hours at the private lot.
Parking lot prices $10 for the first 2 hours

Parking lot prices $10 for the first 2 hours


Across the street is the Audubon House Gallery which sells prints
Audubon House Gallery

Audubon House Gallery

Audubon house 1961

Audubon house 1961

Audubon house 2005

Audubon house 2005

Audubon House sign

Audubon House sign


So called Audubon house was built by Capt. John Geiger around 1830. He was a wrecker. The house was not actually Audubon's. He just stayed there for awhile in 1832 when he was doing his famous bird paintings for his book.
Audubon house sign

Audubon house sign

Surveillance sign in the window

Surveillance sign in the window


We entered through the Gift Shop The gift shop has Books, Pottery, Stained Glass, and Jewelry created by local artists.
Gift shop at Audubon house

Gift shop at Audubon house

Door of the gift shop with entrance fees

Door of the gift shop with entrance fees


Audubon House regular admission is $10. We paid $7.50 each. There is a recorded cassette to guide you around the house and tell you about all
the furniture etc. I took a photo of myself wearing the headsetMirror in the hall

Mirror in the hall


Photographs are allowed everywhere. I took over 60 of the house and garden.
Spinet

Spinet

Music room chandelier 2005

Music room chandelier 2005

Chandelier 1961

Chandelier 1961


0694-00430001-1.JPGDesk 1961

Desk 1961

Beautiful vase

Beautiful vase

Chrystal candle holders

Chrystal candle holders


Games?

Games?

Music room 1961

Music room 1961

Harp in the music room

Harp in the music room

Glass doors

Glass doors


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Dining room 1961

Dining room 1961


Dining room

Dining room

Wine cooler

Wine cooler

Wheelchair

Wheelchair

Tub

Tub

Four poster bed

Four poster bed

Wash basin

Wash basin

Shawl over the arm of a chair

Shawl over the arm of a chair

Dressing table

Dressing table

Chandelier

Chandelier

Inlaid chest

Inlaid chest

Mounted Key Deer head

Mounted Key Deer head

Baby carriage

Baby carriage

Nightgown

Nightgown

Doll on the bed

Doll on the bed

Piano

Piano

Puppet theatre

Puppet theatre

Clock at the top of the stairs

Clock at the top of the stairs

Domino clock

Domino clock

Desk

Desk

Shutters from the inside

Shutters from the inside

On the porch

On the porch


The furniture is not original but it is furnished with furniture of the period. There were also several of the Audubon printsCayenne Tern

Cayenne Tern

Rosette Spoonbill

Rosette Spoonbill

Florida Cormorant

Florida Cormorant

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

This was the first house that was restored by the Historical Society, and we toured it in January 1961 very shortly after it opened to the public.
Photo of the house before restoration

Photo of the house before restoration


We walked around the gardens
Garden

Garden


Star Fruit in the garden

Star Fruit in the garden

Small white orchids

Small white orchids

Key West Rooster

Key West Rooster

Leather Fern

Leather Fern

Orchids in the garden

Orchids in the garden

Looking up at the second story window

Looking up at the second story window

Rockers on the porch

Rockers on the porch

Walking iris

Walking iris

Sign pointing to Medicinal Plant Nursery

Sign pointing to Medicinal Plant Nursery

Herb/Medicinal Plant garden

Herb/Medicinal Plant garden

Pineapple

Pineapple

Varigated pineapple

Varigated pineapple

Decorative iron gate

Decorative iron gate

Potted palm

Potted palm

Crane scupltures

Crane scupltures

Audubon house from the garden

Audubon house from the garden


Captain John Geiger

Captain John Geiger


Outhouse - Capt Geiger had a larger seat than his wife - used until 1958

Outhouse - Capt Geiger had a larger seat than his wife - used until 1958


Bob took a picture of me in the garden about four months pregnant with my first child.
1961 on the left and 2005 on the right

1961 on the left and 2005 on the right


Looking across the street from the Audubon house

Looking across the street from the Audubon house


Next we walked over to the Customs House.
Cafe Tropical

Cafe Tropical

Pink Taxi in front of the Hilton

Pink Taxi in front of the Hilton


Cannons in front of the treasure museum

Cannons in front of the treasure museum

Customs House

Customs House

Aquarium

Aquarium

Customs house

Customs house

Bob at the entrance

Bob at the entrance

Gift shop

Gift shop

Entrance

Entrance


This is a work in progress as yet. The regular admission is $7 which includes the audio tour, and AAA members, seniors and local people pay $6.00. We paid $5.00
Wood carving

Wood carving


Mostly this is a place to display art by various artists
David Wright's picture of the Seagull

David Wright's picture of the Seagull

Peter Rotier - Corner Church 1935

Peter Rotier - Corner Church 1935

Townsend Morgan 1947 Intaglio print - known as Southernmost House

Townsend Morgan 1947 Intaglio print - known as Southernmost House

Key West Tapestry by Sola.  Each building was designed after a walk around the neighborhood

Key West Tapestry by Sola. Each building was designed after a walk around the neighborhood


including Mario Sanchez whose work I missed at the East Martello Tower.
Hemingway house by Mario Sanchez.  Note Hemingway is twice as big as the other people.  Clouds have the titles of his books

Hemingway house by Mario Sanchez. Note Hemingway is twice as big as the other people. Clouds have the titles of his books

Venerable Old Times

Venerable Old Times

Who does not like Hot Balions? Ask the Judge

Who does not like Hot Balions? Ask the Judge

Sanchez work - Polka Dotted Gossip aka Birth of a Rumor

Sanchez work - Polka Dotted Gossip aka Birth of a Rumor


Bob said the items for sale were cheaper at the Martello Tower. In addition they had a small section on the restoration of the building,
Before renouvation

Before renouvation

Photos

Photos

Custom House

Custom House

History of Key West

History of Key West

First National Bank in the 1890s

First National Bank in the 1890s

Ariel view 1890s

Ariel view 1890s

1890 Ariel view of Key West

1890 Ariel view of Key West


and a very large section on Ernest Hemingway and his life, including the artists, writers, singers and photographers who were in Paris at the same time as he was.
Hemingways first trip to Key West

Hemingways first trip to Key West

Pauline at Home - Hemingway in Key West

Pauline at Home - Hemingway in Key West


We got back to the car and still had 30 minutes on the meter (Bob had thought we'd only need an hour, but I had persuaded him to put in 2 hours) so Bob asked if there was anything else that I wanted to see in the area (looking across the street to the Robert Frost and Key West History Museum), but I was hungry, so I said how about lunch at Kelly's, which was also across the street. Kelly (an actress who apparently was in Top Gun) has a restaurant in the old TWA building. So Bob put another quarter in (for another 15 minutes) and we did that.
Outdoor eating area

Outdoor eating area

Kelly's specials

Kelly's specials

Chalkboard over the arch

Chalkboard over the arch

Appetizers, Soup, Salad

Appetizers, Soup, Salad

Pasta and Entree menu

Pasta and Entree menu

Bob coming across the patio

Bob coming across the patio

Waiter

Waiter

Shims to put under wobbly tables

Shims to put under wobbly tables


Bob had the pork bbq sandwich, which came with fries and cole slaw for $8.95,
Pork bbq sandwich, which came with fries and cole slaw for $8.95

Pork bbq sandwich, which came with fries and cole slaw for $8.95


and I had conch fritters which were very spicy and didn't come with anything for $5.95.
Conch fritters $5.95

Conch fritters $5.95

Kelly's sales area

Kelly's sales area


It was $16.02 before tip.
100_6845.JPGOffstreet parking - gate up - the wooden fence can be lowered across the driveway

Offstreet parking - gate up - the wooden fence can be lowered across the driveway


The man at the Audubon House told us where the old commissary was on Caroline and Simonton. I had been unable to remember how to find it. So we drove over to see that. It's now a Monroe County office building. Originally it was a tobacco factory
County Courthouse

County Courthouse

The Kapok Tree

The Kapok Tree

Side of the old commissary

Side of the old commissary

Front of Gato Cigar Factory

Front of Gato Cigar Factory

Gato Cigar Factory - aka Navy Commissary aka Monroe County and State of Florida office building

Gato Cigar Factory - aka Navy Commissary aka Monroe County and State of Florida office building


Key West Trailer Court

Key West Trailer Court

Bike rider

Bike rider


When we got to the Trumbo Point area again, I persuaded Bob to drive over to Fleming Key
From the Fleming Key Bridge

From the Fleming Key Bridge


to see what was there (the Key West Waste Water Plant and various other official stuff),
City of Key West Waste Water Plant

City of Key West Waste Water Plant


and then we went out to the Coast Guard base (formerly the submarine base) where people go to fish - basically I wanted to see if I could see any CSYs in the anchorage, but I did not.
Anchorage off the CG base

Anchorage off the CG base

PWCs

PWCs

Anchorage

Anchorage


Pelican at the CG base

Pelican at the CG base


Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Royal Caribbean cruise ship


We ate dinner in the trailer.

8 February 2005

Bob had a severe reflux episode on the night of the 7th. Also we had done all the attractions for which I had bought tickets. At noon he was still in his pjs. So I got up and went in and did email on the 8th by myself. That's almost the first time I've driven on this trip. I also took some photos of Trumbo Point which was the heliport.
Old Olympic swimming pool now a Water Park

Old Olympic swimming pool now a Water Park

Overflow camping - no hookups

Overflow camping - no hookups

Overflow camping on Trumbo

Overflow camping on Trumbo

Old BOQ from the area where our trailer was

Old BOQ from the area where our trailer was


We ate hamburgers at home for dinner.

9 February 2005[b]

I finally went over some of my photos and looked at the pages I've made on Virtual Tourist and made myself a list of things to do. So I was prepared to do a bit of work when I went in to Sigsbee to do the internet, if there weren't too many people waiting. I went about 1300.
Conch shell sign outside a gas station

Conch shell sign outside a gas station


The only other guy at the personal computer station told me the DSL line didn't work. So I logged on to the phone line, and then I tried the DSL line, and it did work. So I did quite a bit of work on my VT pages. I was there about 2 hours. I also uploaded some photos to Photoworks, but I absolutely can't navigate the site any more. It's awfully slow.

Bob said he was going to look to see what tax information he still needed, Our daughter has the final piece (we phoned her) and she will send it to her sister's house in Miami

After I came home, we went out to dinner, and I directed Bob to Monte's Seafood which is on Roosevelt and has parking on site. It is next to the old Pizza Hut which has closed- right by Garrison Bight.
Pizza Hut - closed

Pizza Hut - closed

Monte's Seafood Restaurant

Monte's Seafood Restaurant


They asked if we wanted to eat outside (they have a deck from which I think you might be able to see the sunset), but knowing how Bob *loves* eating outside (NOT), I said inside. I had asked him and he hadn't said, but when we got inside and got seated, he said that he didn't need to be out there hearing motorcycles roaring up and down Roosevelt, so that was the right
choice.
Monte's

Monte's

Bob in the restaurant

Bob in the restaurant

Bread basket

Bread basket


I asked them if the steamed long neck clams were manoes, but they never heard of them. We had three appetizers. Bob had shrimp steamed
with Old Bay but he said that they didn't use much Old Bay.
Key's Steamed Shrimp ($8.95)

Key's Steamed Shrimp ($8.95)


I had a quarter of King Crab legs, and a Maryland crab cake ($7.95 each).
Crab legs

Crab legs

Maryland crab cake

Maryland crab cake


Then I had Key lime pie ($3.25) for dessert.
Jeri's Key Lime Pie $3.75

Jeri's Key Lime Pie $3.75


Two women came in and asked if they had any early bird specials (which they do not - and even if they had it was already 6:30) and eventually
left without ordering.
Outside at Monte's

Outside at Monte's

Garrison BIght from Monte's at dusk

Garrison BIght from Monte's at dusk

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One By Air, Two By Sea

Dry Tortugas Day Trip


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2005 Migrating by Mercedes & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Today Feb. 10th was a MOST interesting day. I wanted to revisit Fort Jefferson and get a picture of the lighthouse at Loggerhead Key. So on Monday, I had called about taking a half day seaplane trip to the Dry Tortugas - thinking I would use my Xmas money for that - Bob is dead set against going so I would be going by myself. It was going to cost $179.00

Flashback - January 25, 2001 Thursday - leaving Key West

We got underway this morning and motored from the mooring field around Fleming Key to Key West Bight where we got more water in the tanks (up to 320 gallons from 200 - which took awhile), filled up with fuel, dumped the trash, and had a pumpout.
Cruise ship docks leaving Key West

Cruise ship docks leaving Key West


We got underway about 11 and went down south side in light winds. We got to the Marquesas about 4, and approached Mooney Harbor where the chart and guidebooks said there was a passage inside the atoll, but we couldn't find a channel. So we anchored south of the little islands. The ground was a bit hard, and we had some swells to deal with, but wasn't bad. We'd were 25.4 nm from Key West.
Sunset in the Marquesas

Sunset in the Marquesas

January 26

Bob pulled the anchor and we got underway for the longest section of the trip. The wind had picked up and we sailed with a fairly substantial wind on the starboard quarter. I saw a patch of something that I thought might be seaweed, but it picked up it's head -it was a sea turtle. Saw another one later. Also saw a Portuguese Man of War. They look like a partly collapsed blue soda bottle on the surface.

The seas weren't too bad until we got to Rebecca Shoals. At this point the Gulf Stream from the gulf meets the Gulf Stream from the ocean, and the seas are confused and choppy. We had about 8 foot swells which were rocking the boat quite a bit- she would heel 20 deg to either side.. We reached this point just after mid morning. Bob was having to hand steer. I became queasy and did not want to go below to make lunch, nor did I want to steer. Eventually I got peanut butter and saltines, and something to drink. We saw the day trip ferries on their way back, and also a couple of seaplanes. We came into sight of Fort Jefferson about 4 pm, and I called the rangers to check in.
First sight of Fort Jefferson

First sight of Fort Jefferson


The guide book said that the SE passage was closed due to shoaling. I did not understand what that meant and I thought we'd be OK if we came in from the north. But in addition the entrance from the north between Bush Key and Garden Key had shoaled and there is now a substantial sand bar connecting the two Keys which is not shown on any chart or on most pictures including the official pictures of the park taken from the air.
Land bridge that closed the channel - photo taken later in the visit

Land bridge that closed the channel - photo taken later in the visit


As we came around the north side, we were intending to go down the channel and anchor in front of the fort, but the channel markers all said "Danger - shoaling". So we went all the way around the fort on the west and came in on the west side
Channel marker on the side witout shoaling

Channel marker on the side witout shoaling


and anchored just ahead of GEMINI.
Fort from the anchorage

Fort from the anchorage


There were several work boats there, and about 6 other sailboats - ARTEMIS who was a friend of Pete and Cathy on GEMINI and came down with them, PURPLE FOX, TONGA (black topsides and yellow sail covers), and a Macintosh. There was a big catamaran anchored south of the channel. We could see the lighthouse on Loggerhead Key. Several more workboats came in at dusk, and one anchored right next to us.

Jan 27, 2001 - Saturday
After breakfast, we dinghied in to the beach in the RIB and pulled it up on the beach. We started to explore. There are salt water toilets on the pier which are closed 6:30 am to 7:30 am, presumeably for cleaning,
Landing dock for ferry boats

Landing dock for ferry boats


and a water hose (which we used to wash the sand off our feet). The sign at the pier says that you can only tie up for 2 hours but there's no limit for dinghies. There were some kayaks on the beach too.
Entrance Sign, moat and lighthouse

Entrance Sign, moat and lighthouse


We went into the fort,
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and explored the little museum, and watched a video tape history of the fort, and talked to the lady at the little shop, which sells film, books, postcards and that kind of thing. The shop lady said that the dredged channel used to be wide and deep from the north end of Garden Key (where Ft. Jefferson is) all the way down the east side. But in 1998, the channel silted over in the middle and there is now a big sand bar across to Bush Key. Bird Key was closed early (normally it is closed Feb to Oct) because of the sooty terns nesting season.
Out cannon port to Drawbridge

Out cannon port to Drawbridge


Anchorage from the top of the fort

Anchorage from the top of the fort


Several sea planes came in and landed and went up on the beach north of the pier.
Seaplane from the fort wall and our boat anchored

Seaplane from the fort wall and our boat anchored

Moat and anchorage from top of wall

Moat and anchorage from top of wall


Two large catamaran ferries brought groups of daytrippers down. I asked about the ranger tour, and the lady in the shop said that he was on leave, and I should just join one of the day tripper tours. Cathy from GEMINI said that they'd listened in on them, and indicated which one was better. So we joined that tour, and it was very interesting.
On the other side of the fort

On the other side of the fort

Overlooking Hospital foundations

Overlooking Hospital foundations


Armory from the fort wall

Armory from the fort wall


Powder Magazine

Powder Magazine

Sign about the Bakery in the Casement walls

Sign about the Bakery in the Casement walls

Looking out to ferry anchorage

Looking out to ferry anchorage


The guide told us that in April, the trees are filled with song birds resting on their way back to the states from Central America. There are so many that you can't see the leaves on the trees. Then the tour group went to have lunch,
Looking out across the moat toward picnic tables

Looking out across the moat toward picnic tables


and then there was time for them to wander around on their own or snorkel. They pay about $85 for the trip.
Beach near campsites

Beach near campsites


We went back to the boat and ate lunch and relaxed.
Looking toward Cuba

Looking toward Cuba


There is zero TV reception without a satellite,
No TV

No TV


and the radio reception is iffy. No phone service either.

January 28, 2001 - Sunday
The tour guide yesterday had suggested that we might walk around the 2nd tier of the fort and the moat walls, so we went over early
Entrance of Ft. Jefferson

Entrance of Ft. Jefferson


and walked around the 2nd tier before the tour groups got there.
Bob looking out from second tier of the fort

Bob looking out from second tier of the fort


It was very peaceful and we had a chance to see Dr. Mudd's cell.
Sign which is in memory of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd

Sign which is in memory of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd

On the left is a drawing done by Dr. Mudd.

On the left is a drawing done by Dr. Mudd.

Sign about the dungeon

Sign about the dungeon


The guide had said that there was no place to swim to from here, so if you wanted to escape, you had to stow away on the mail/provisions boat. Dr. Mudd tried that a couple of times, so he was in irons, whereas mostly they didn't bother
Dr Mudd's cell

Dr Mudd's cell

I went into the gift shop and bought a snorkeling camera and some postcards. The lady at the shop said the radio telephone might work or might not. They keep a sign on it saying that it is out of order, in case it doesn't work. I tried it and was able to use it (couldn't use a phone card - had to use a major credit card) and phoned our daughter, but she was at church. Spoke to our son-in-law for about a minute to tell him that if anyone wanted to get in touch with us, they'd have to call the Coast Guard and have them contact the park rangers at the fort.
Swimming Beach by campground 2001

Swimming Beach by campground 2001

Anchorage from near the swimming beach

Anchorage from near the swimming beach


Then we went over to the swimming beach to snorkel. Bob got in about to his knees and declared it was too cold, but I went in and snorkeled for about a half hour. The water was a bit cold - about 70 deg F., but it wasn't too bad. I was wearing a dive skin. I thought about suggesting that he wear one too, but even that probably wouldn't have been enough for him.
Fish under the coral

Fish under the coral

Sergeant majors in the seaweed along the moat

Sergeant majors in the seaweed along the moat

School of fish streaking past

School of fish streaking past

Fish checking me out

Fish checking me out

Boats in the anchorage as seaplane lands

Boats in the anchorage as seaplane lands


Then we went back to the boat for lunch. The work boats will apparently trade fish or lobster for rum or beer, but we didn't ask them as Bob didn't think we had any beer, and we knew we didn't have any rum. A small sports fisher came in with a barrel (presumably of fuel) in the cockpit and towing a dinghy with another barrel in it. We listened to the weather guy on the SSB and checked in.
The Single Sideband Radio did work

The Single Sideband Radio did work


Bob was going to go back tomorrow, but Herb the weather guy (and I) thought we should wait, so we decided to do that. A cruising sailboat named FELICIDAD came in - they had a flag with a navy background and a union jack in the corner, with a red oval and a white anchor on the main part of the flag. Found out later that this flag is called a defaced ensign and only flown by certain yacht clubs. They had a little poodle on board. That night, we listened to the super bowl on the radio. The reception was lousy.
VHF radio (upper right) had little or no signal

VHF radio (upper right) had little or no signal


Even the NOAA weather from Key West isn't too clear down here.
Monday, 29 January
Sunrise

Sunrise


Bob wanted to mount the whisker pole,
Bob rigging the spinnaker pole

Bob rigging the spinnaker pole


so he went up the mast this morning to put a double pulley up there instead of the single one that's up there now. Then we put the whisker pole up.
Keel with paint scraped off

Keel with paint scraped off


I went snorkeling around the boat and dived down to look at the keel. It has all the paint (both the red paint that was there when we bought the boat, and the blue paint that we put on) scraped off, and I thought I felt scratches on the bottom, but maybe they are just barnacles. I think this is from our little adventure going out Brunswick inlet where we bounced really hard across a surf line. (Not on purpose) I also checked the prop to see how well it feathered, and it was fine. There were a lot of barnacles on the zincs though. West wall in the shade

West wall in the shade


In the late afternoon we went in to the fort to walk around the moat walls. I wanted to see the outside of the walls with the sun on them, and most of the moat faces west. I found out yesterday that I didn't have very good light for photographs in the morning over on that side of the fort.
Reconstruction of the fort walls 2001

Reconstruction of the fort walls 2001

West wall and moat

West wall and moat

Seaplane taxi-ing to take off next to our boat 2001

Seaplane taxi-ing to take off next to our boat 2001


The guide had explained that all the gun ports had iron doors which were recessed into the brick. Unfortunately when iron rusts, it expands. And when it expanded, it destroyed the brickwork around it. The repairs are being done (not just here but in all the National Parks) by American Indians.
Looking_down_into_the_moat

Looking_down_into_the_moat


There was lots of coral and fish both inside and outside of the moat. Last winter, several shrimp boats wreck on the moat wall doing a lot of damage. One was wrecked in a storm, and another one was wrecked when it tried to come to the rescue of the first one. Not only did they damage the moat wall, but there was also an oil spill.

We talked to a couple who had bareboated over with a trimaran from Key West Oceanside Marina. We also talked to a lady who was camping (came on the ferry - you have to bring everything (all food and water) with you and take everything (trash included) back with you). It costs $3/person/day. The fort originally had cisterns built for fresh water, but the sea water seeped into them so that idea wasn't as success. The most recent development is making the whole area a protected area where fishing and shrimping aren't allowed in certain areas.
Magnificant Frigate Birds circling over the fort

Magnificant Frigate Birds circling over the fort


Bush Key where the birds nest is closed early this year as the birds are there early. You are not allowed to approach the Key. The fort personnel were concerned that the rats from the fort would cross the sand bar and eat the bird eggs. They have never been able to exterminate the rats. The frigate birds hardly ever alight except to lay their eggs. There seems to be a thermal over the fort which means that there are a lot of them circuling there.
Old fueling piers and the anchorage

Old fueling piers and the anchorage


During the War of 1812, the government dredged out the channel in front of the port and used the island for coaling for war ships on their way to Cuba. The piers were demolished many years ago in a storm. And the channel has at least partly filled in now.

January 30, Tuesday
Pulled the anchor and motored out of the channel past the defunct fueling piers early.
01-01-30.jpgLast look

Last look


PURPLE FOX has left, and so have their friends. FELICIDAD has left. GEMINI and the trimaran think they will wait another day. We get to the north side of the fort and have a nice 15-20 knot wind from the SE. So we pull out all the sails and sail.
Shrimp boats resting

Shrimp boats resting


It is a marvelous sail going north of quicksand shoals. We do 49 nm, and all but the first and last hour are sailing. Bob sets the sails so they are balanced, and the autopilot keeps the helm straight, and we just sit on the high rail sailing at 7-8 knots. Bob sees a sailfish jump out of the water. He also forgets to wear a hat, and his head gets sunburned. The seas between the fort and Rebecca Shoals are about the same, but since we are heading into them, they don't bother us. We do get an occasional wave over the bow but had lots of fun.
Last look
We call GEMINI on the radio, and they say they have decided to come today after all as there is a cold front coming through tomorrow. We go north of the Marquesas today, and are doing so well Bob thinks we can make it all the way to Key West. NOT. He eventually sees that if we keep going the direction we are going, we will be anchoring in an area that says on the chart that there is unexploded ordinance there. So we stop and go in next to the north shore of the Marquesas to anchor. We try to check in with Herb the weather guy, but have too much static. The night is calm, and we get more TV channels than we did in Key West, but very little phone coverage. I call our daughter on the bag phone, but she can hardly hear me.

January 31 Wednesday - return from the Marquesas.

Bob pulls the anchor and we motor in very light winds. There is a little haze, but the water is clear. I see a lot of upside down jellyfish and Portuguese Man of Wars. I try to call Oceanside marina, but the phone can't make the connection. Eventually the call goes through and we and get a slip. It is expensive, but water, electricity and cable is included.
Chart Oceanside

Chart Oceanside


As we pulled into the slip, Bob wrenched his knee again trying to turn his foot on the nonskid of the deck. I ask the dock master if I can download e-mails and he says OK. I have 349 e-mails and it takes a bit longer than my estimate of 5 minutes!! Bob does the laundry and the washer takes his money and refuses to work, so he has to walk up for a refund on his sore knee. The dryers (stacked) work well. Because Bob's knee is painful, we call and get pizza from Dominos. I go to pay him, but somehow miss him and when I get back to the boat, Bob has already eaten his half of the pizza. I talked to the gate guard and he recommended the Rusty Anchor as a restaurant. Bob has a hard time finding a comfortable position to sleep in.

End Flashback

It is a 1200 noon flight, and I am to be there by 1130. So we have to leave the trailer by 1100, and I want to shower and have lunch first. I went in to do the internet about 9, and it got to be 10 and it takes me about 20 minutes to drive from one base to the other so I can get a shower etc. because the speed limit on Sigsbee is 15 mph. So I broke off what I was doing giving links before I was finished..

I did get a shower, and went to get lunch about 11. I took my lunch into the car, and we got to the airport about 11:15. I checked in and took snorkeling equipment that they provide, and got the little drinks cooler. There was another couple going. They loaded us into the plane - I was in the back seat, and the other couple was in the center seats.
Sea plane

Sea plane


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Key West airport


They put the coolers and snorkeling stuff in the pontoons. As we were taking off I realized it was very noisy so I put in ear plugs.
Behind the pilot

Behind the pilot


The windows were a bit crazed (the other couple had the better picture taking window) but I got some good pictures (and some that you can see the lines in the windows) of Key West from the air
Mirror on the plane wing

Mirror on the plane wing

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Key West Beach Club on the left

Key West Beach Club on the left

BOQ (Fly Navy) and Garrison Bight

BOQ (Fly Navy) and Garrison Bight

Casa Marina hotel

Casa Marina hotel

Church towers (center) and CG base (top)

Church towers (center) and CG base (top)

Fleming Key and Trumbo Point

Fleming Key and Trumbo Point

Mooring field off Trumbo Point

Mooring field off Trumbo Point

Fort Taylor

Fort Taylor


Fort Taylor and the cruise ship docks

Fort Taylor and the cruise ship docks


Anchorage past Sunset Island (aka Tank Island)

Anchorage past Sunset Island (aka Tank Island)

View from a seaplane

View from a seaplane


The seaplane people gave us a list of things we might see. There were two wrecks on the list - one on each side of the plane. This one was the one that was on my side. I didn't get a picture of the other one because I didn't get to fly back and see the stuff on the other side. I found on the internet what this ship might be. I know that at least one of the wrecks was deliberately sunk."The Cayman Salvor -This 180-foot. steel hulled buoy tender, also known as the Cayman Salvager, was intentionally sunk as an artificial reef in 1985. She now sits upright with cavernous open holds providing refuge for baitfish and grunts, as well as a resident jewfish and green moray eel."
Shipwreck

Shipwreck


Also we flew over the Marquesas, the channel is very clear from the air.
Marquesa's channel from the air

Marquesa's channel from the air

Channel in the Marquesas which we couldn't see from the boat in 2001

Channel in the Marquesas which we couldn't see from the boat in 2001

Marquesas

Marquesas

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Mangrove islands

Marquesas

Marquesas

Boat below

Boat below


I also got a picture of the fort from the air - actually both forts - Ft. Taylor and Ft. Jefferson.
Mostly sand island

Mostly sand island

Boat

Boat

Red buoy

Red buoy

Window

Window

Arriving Dry Tortugas

Arriving Dry Tortugas


Sand bridge that filled in the channel in front of the fort with one boat in the anchorage

Sand bridge that filled in the channel in front of the fort with one boat in the anchorage


The one of Ft. Jefferson shows the sand bar really clearly. It used to be that you could come into it from either end, but the access from the north side has drifted shut, so you have to go all the way around the fort and come in from the south. Vessels may only anchor overnight on sandy bottom within one nautical mile of the Garden Key Harbor Light.
Fort Jefferson from the air

Fort Jefferson from the air


They have little stairs to get off the plane, but they don't use them. You get our onto the pontoon and walk along it and jump off the end onto the sand. We were told to be back at the plane by 2:45 because the plane has to be in the air by 3.
Sea Plane at Fort Jefferson

Sea Plane at Fort Jefferson


There was a plane there already, and with ours, there were two planes. Both of them took off empty and returned to Key West. The weather was warm and sunny - I had been worried that there was going to be a front come through and would be too cloudy for photos.
Where I got off the plane

Where I got off the plane


Walking to the fort after I got off the plane

Walking to the fort after I got off the plane


There are two ferries that bring people in for a day trip to Fort Jefferson
Fastcat

Fastcat


Yankee Cat

Yankee Cat

Entrance

Entrance


Fort Jefferson light

Fort Jefferson light


Entrance

Entrance


I went in and walked around the fort a bit,
Water in the moat

Water in the moat

Walking tour sign

Walking tour sign


Inside the fort

Inside the fort

Side of the fort

Side of the fort

16 Million Bricks

16 Million Bricks


Girl in a bikini and boyfriend strolling through the casements

Girl in a bikini and boyfriend strolling through the casements


The lady at the shop said the radio telephone might work or might not. They keep a sign on it saying that it is out of order, in case it doesn't work.
Phone Out of Order

Phone Out of Order

Tree inside the fort

Tree inside the fort

Garden Key Lighthouse

Garden Key Lighthouse


Cmdr Perry recommended the construction of lighthouses at Cape Florida, Key Largo, Sand Key, and at the Dry Tortugas. The lighthouse in the Dry Tortugas was built on Garden Key in 1826. The lighthouse was critical for all vessels transporting goods from the Mississippi River or the western shore of Florida, as they had to round the islands before heading up the eastern seaboard but there were complaints that vessels would run aground before they saw the light. Work began on Fort Jefferson in 1846 and continued for three decades and was never finished. After the light was finished at Loggerhead Key, the one on Garden Key was downgraded to a fourth-order harbor light and renamed Tortugas Harbor Lighthouse. In 1873 a hurricane damaged the lighthouse and it was replaced with a hexagonal, three-story tower made of boilerplate iron was in place atop Bastion C. A massive fire on Garden Key in 1912 destroyed the keeper’s dwelling and led to the installation of an automated acetylene light that same year. The light was discontinued in 1921, although a decorative light was later placed in the tower.
Orange Jasmine

Orange Jasmine


The national park service has informational signs about even the smallest plants, but most of their energy is concentrated on the birds. There used to be a fresh water drinking fountain in the fort if you didn't have quite enough water with you.
NOTICE - Unsafe  Do not drink

NOTICE - Unsafe Do not drink


The sign on this water fountain says

NOTICE
UNSAFE
Do not drink
or bathe

I do not know if this is absolutely true, although I see that an additional extra wall has been added to make the fountain harder to get to. I think the fountain is probably for the use of birds.

There is a very good informational video in the National Park visitor's information center. There are also books full of documentation and information on the building of the fort, people who were stationed or lived here, and the birds. I got my passport stamped (one of my main objectives) and also bought a post card of the Loggerhead Key light. This was partly so I would have a picture because we didn't go close enough in on the approach to get a photo of it. And also because I had only a $20 bill with me and the plane had a sign over the pilot that said tips were appreciated, and if I was going to tip him, it wasn't $20 worth. So buying the postcard gave me change.
Time Line building the fort

Time Line building the fort

Video tape in the Visitor's Center

Video tape in the Visitor's Center


I went back to my stuff and drank one of the canned drinks (I got Lipton Tea in a can, and a water bottle) they gave me. The other couple came back and said they were going to snorkel. Where they used to have salt water toilets, they now have changing rooms. If we want to use the bathroom, we have to go on the catamaran ferry which is at the dock. When we were there before, the ferry wasn't allowed to stay at the dock and had to go off and anchor.
Camping information

Camping information


The camping area (which is $3/night or $1.50/night with Golden Age passport) has composting toilets. To camp, you have to bring all your food and water with you. Apparently there are no showers. There were only 3 sailboats in the anchorage. I think boat people have to pay the fort entrance fee too.

I decided to walk around the fort on the moat wall rather than snorkel, so I did that.
Sooty tern information

Sooty tern information

Do Not Approach -  I think the birds are two black or brown noddys

Do Not Approach - I think the birds are two black or brown noddys


Between March and September as some 100,000 sooty terns gather on Bush Key for their nesting season. They perform nocturnal maneuvers above the Dry Tortugas but spent their days at sea. When they do land here in February, egg-laying starts immediately. Bush Key is closed to landings during tern nesting season, but storms have added a land bridge. Interspersed among the sooties' rookery are 2,500 breeding brown noddies. Unlike sooties and most other terns, noddies nest in vegetation, such as bay cedar and sea lavender, Now it is necessary to post a dividing line (with a rope across the sand spit) so that people know not to go farther. I went out as far as I was supposed to go and set down on the sand for awhile to observe.
Birds flying

Birds flying

Sooty terns

Sooty terns

Sooty Tern

Sooty Tern

Beach by the fort

Beach by the fort

Walking around the moat wall

Walking around the moat wall

NPS boats

NPS boats

Magnificant Frigate Birds Circling the fort

Magnificant Frigate Birds Circling the fort

Walking around the fort

Walking around the fort

Crab

Crab

Walking around the moat

Walking around the moat


The iron shutters that covered the gun ports rusted. When iron rust, it expands. So the rusted iron shutters broke out the brickwork, which now has to be restored
Repairing the wall

Repairing the wall

Bridge over the moat

Bridge over the moat


Then I came back to my stuff. Another sailboat came in and anchored, and two work boats (fishing boats). People were concerned about the weather as they could see the front approaching, and were afraid it would be rough going back. After a bit I saw our plane coming back, so I walked over to the steps and sat down on them.
Approaching storm

Approaching storm


The plane had 4 people in it and as they got off they said that I was going to be going back on the ferry because the plane had 'blown a cylinder'. They said the other plane had turned around and gone back. And that proved to be it - the pilot made some calls and told me that I was to get on the ferry to go back!!! He took the coolers and snorkeling gear from us and said they'd pay for a cab to the airport. He then flew the plane back empty. I was concerned because a cab to the airport wouldn't help me, since I didn't have a car at the airport. I had a husband wandering around
the Key West without a clue.

Although I had not been able to get a photo of Loggerhead Key on the way in, I did get a telephoto one from the ferry.
Loggerhead Key Lighthouse from the ferry

Loggerhead Key Lighthouse from the ferry


The lighthouse on Loggerhead Key was built in 1858 to replace the Fort Jefferson light. A red sector was placed in the lens in 1893 to alert mariners of a reef just offshore from the lighthouse. The Loggerhead Key light was electrified in 1931, and its three-million-candlepower light made it the most powerful light in the United States at that time. A modern optic lens replaced the original first-order Fresnel lens in 1986 and is now on display at the Coast Guard Aid to Navigation School in Yorktown, Virginia.

The hurricane of 1873 inflicted heavy damage on the tower at Loggerhead Key. The South Florida lighthouse webpage says, "A decade and a half after the 151-foot-tall lighthouse was built, mortar between the bricks started to erode and cracks began to appear because of exposure to wind-driven rain. To remedy the continuous cracking, nine feet of brick work was removed from the top of the lighthouse, and iron rods were inserted for reinforcement. Then, one section at a time, masonry was chiseled out in the lower sections, rods were implanted, and bricks were replaced, but the lighthouse continued to vibrate in strong winds. Despite its problems, the lighthouse continues to stand and function today, marking the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico." Loggerhead Key was named because it was a nesting ground for turtles. They were used for meat but when Loggerhead Key was included in the National Park, the turtles can now nest undisturbed.
Leaving the fort

Leaving the fort


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I found out that Bob had lunch at Burger King after he left me, and then went out to Cudjoe Key and bought some crab traps for Jim which he had sent UPS because he said there was no way we'd get them in our car even if we didn't have any luggage in it. Then he went back to the trailer. I had asked them to phone him, and they did, but by the time he realized that the phone was ringing it went to voice mail, and he does not know how to retrieve voice mail. He thought it would be a text message for some reason. He tried to call the number back, and said he got someone speaking Spanish.

So at 4 he went back out to the airport and saw the plane was there, but I was not. And at that point they told him to pick me up at the ferry dock.

Meanwhile I was having a conversation with a couple from California - their first time in FL. They were afraid it was going to be rough coming back because of the front coming through, but other than a few drops of rain when we left, it was very smooth. On the boat, they told us that they talked to the fort on the radio and by 3:30 it was raining there with winds gusting up to 30 mph. (We left at 3) Of course from the fort to Key West, we are going east, and the front is going east too.
Navy communications tower - towers over Fort Taylor

Navy communications tower - towers over Fort Taylor

Celebrity ship at the dock

Celebrity ship at the dock

Norwegian Majesty

Norwegian Majesty

ALongside a cruise ship

ALongside a cruise ship

From the boat coming in to Key West

From the boat coming in to Key West

Hyatt Hotel

Hyatt Hotel

Sunset Cruise Sailing Ship Setting Off

Sunset Cruise Sailing Ship Setting Off

Sailing to the sunset

Sailing to the sunset

Marina

Marina

Rip-rap by the marina at dusk

Rip-rap by the marina at dusk

Tugs and working boats

Tugs and working boats

Marina

Marina

A and B Marina gas dock

A and B Marina gas dock

Sailboat approaches Red ATON

Sailboat approaches Red ATON

Power boats in the marina

Power boats in the marina


On the way into the port, I spotted the CSY WO Butterfly Dreams in the marina there. I just saw enough of the bow to see the two portholes. I couldn't get outside quick enough to take a picture though.

As we got off, they told me that Bob would be at the ticket office, and actually as soon as I got down to the office I saw that he was in the Mercedes in the parking lot. They refunded the whole $179 charge. So I got to go in the seaplane and come back on the boat and it didn't cost me anything.
Yankee Freedom dock

Yankee Freedom dock

Conch Republic Restaurant and Bar

Conch Republic Restaurant and Bar


(Bob told me that he flies planes with two engines and if he only has one engine it is an emergency, so no way was he going to take off in emergency status with only one engine. He said they didn't even check the oil, and that what happened proved that he was right not to go.)

We drove around to the other side of the marina and parked at a meter, and went in search of Butterfly Dreams. It started to rain - the
front had now gotten to Key West.
Sign out front

Sign out front

A and B Lobster House sign

A and B Lobster House sign


Alonzos_Oysters

Alonzos_Oysters

Specials board

Specials board

Menu

Menu

Alonzos Dinner menu

Alonzos Dinner menu


So we ducked into Alonzo's Raw Bar and Restaurant, and Bob had another hamburger ($6.95) with big thick ruffled chips (our other choice would have been cole slaw) and I had a
Cup of clam chili (which was $1.50 - half price for happy hour) with white beans, clams, sour cream and blue tortilla chips

Cup of clam chili (which was $1.50 - half price for happy hour) with white beans, clams, sour cream and blue tortilla chips


Lobster sandwich with potato salad  ($13.95)

Lobster sandwich with potato salad ($13.95)


not half price because only one page of the menu was half price, and this was on the other page). It was quite spicy - had hot peppers in it and I think I like the one at Keys Fisheries better.
Pilot boat

Pilot boat


The rain had stopped so we went and looked for Butterfly Dreams and I spotted her a couple of docks over. Bob persuaded me that there would
be nobody home, so we went back to the car without actually going right up to the boat.
Butterfly Dreams

Butterfly Dreams

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Looking into Other People's Living rooms

House and Garden Tour


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2005 Migrating by Mercedes & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Today (Feb. 11th), I got up early ready to go out to the base to do email before we started the House and Garden tour which began at 10. I thought it would be less crowded then.

But Bob felt that he wanted to do a laundry (I had worn almost all my hot weather clothes and gotten them dirty - fortunately the cold front which went through yesterday meant I could wear some of my heavier things) while I was doing email, so I waited while he got his breakfast and dressed. He does hot tea in the coffee maker, and bacon in the microwave, and eats a bowl of cereal.

After we'd each finished our respective chores (him two loads of dark colored wash, and me doing email etc) it was approaching noon and I was hungry. I thought we might go somewhere to eat before we did the House and Garden Tour. I suggested that we go out along Kennedy Drive (which dead ends into the Sigsbee road) and find a place to eat at one of the shopping centers in the center of town.

But Bob turned right off Kennedy into the first big shopping center on Roosevelt, and the only thing in there was pizza, so I suggested KFC which has an all you can eat buffet for $6.95. KFC is to the left as you come out of Sigsbee, but now that we were in the shopping center, we had to turn right and we would have to turn right on Roosevelt anyway.

He was OK with KFC, but said the all you can eat thing wasn't that good for us because we don't eat that much, so we each got a chicken breast and two sides. I got extra crispy and he got regular.
Extra crispy chicken, biscuit, rice and cole slaw

Extra crispy chicken, biscuit, rice and cole slaw


He says KFC is OK, but he really doesn't like Popeyes. I guess I hadn't really indoctrinated him very well in New Orleans.
Rosa F. Hernandez softball field

Rosa F. Hernandez softball field


Originally I had in mind trying to find the house on Eisenhower because that was the furthermost out from Old Town, and I figured parking would be easier - it's a fairly short street. That's why I wanted to go down Kennedy and try to find a place to eat. Kennedy and Eisenhower are parallel.But now, I thought we'd drop off the laundry and the computer, and maybe start the house tour at the one address that I had, which was
809 Eaton Street. Eaton Street is right at the end of Palm Ave, and the Trumbo Annex where we are based at is off Palm. So we went back to the trailer.
Fly-Kayak

Fly-Kayak

Boat racks

Boat racks

Sail Oat Lane

Sail Oat Lane


We bought a paper on the way because I thought the addresses of the houses might be there, but they were not. So I used the phone and called the Chamber of Commerce and eventually got the lady to give me the addresses. We'd left the door open a bit, and a couple came up the steps and asked if there was anyone here. Lo and behold it was Jack and Mary Glaeser. They are over on Sigsbee with their RV. They said they'd asked at the rental office and were told that we were leaving on Sunday, which is true.

Jack was interested in looking at the trailer, and we had a nice chat. I really did not recognize them. I still can't reconcile my memories of them with the way they look now. Jack suggested that we get together for lunch on Saturday.

After they left, we started out for the first house. I decided to go to the one at 916 Eisenhower first. This is quite close to Truman (which goes down the center of the island), and there was no parking except for bikes right in front,
House from the street

House from the street


so we went around the block and parked at the street in back. We were so close to the curb, and vegetation was growing over the street that I had to hold a palm frond out of the way so I could shut the door.
From where we parked

From where we parked


This house is across from the Pelican Marina Condo.
Pelican Landing Condo

Pelican Landing Condo

Side of the house

Side of the house


We went up and paid and got our tickets. There was a sign saying No Photos Please. This house was at one time the home of Sally Rand and has now been renovated by the owners Blair Gordon and John Alvarado as a very expensive rental.
House on Eisenhower (#5)

House on Eisenhower (#5)


I think Bob was disappointed that these houses had not been restored but had been completely redone. The upstairs for instance, all the woodwork (which is horizontal boards of cypress) had been limed so it is kind of greyish. The bathroom walls which were of the same kind of wood had been stripped and were bare wood. The furniture was all kind of Oriental or dark bamboo. All the TVs were flat screen models. I think it was in this house that there was a statue of Buddha all carved from one piece of wood. There was a brand new (within the last year) guest house and pool out back.
Guest house

Guest house

Bourganvilla

Bourganvilla


This was actually house #5 on the tour, so next we went to the two Grinnell Street houses, which were across the street from each other at 914 and 917. This proved to be between the cemetery and Truman - absolutely no parking. Olivia Street which goes up one side of the cemetery is one way, so we went around the block
Key West Cemetery

Key West Cemetery

Parking places around the cemetery which are reserved for Residents

Parking places around the cemetery which are reserved for Residents


and found a 'residential parking' space on Olivia and walked back. Since we had gone to #5 first, we went to 917 Grinnell (#4) next. This was a shotgun house with an eyebrow roof line.
Greeters on porch

Greeters on porch


#4 House on tour

#4 House on tour


Inside, there were Oriental rugs which were bought in the 60s in Iran. I did take one photo inside - of a big, very very black cat (with blue eyes) lying on a rug in the kitchen.
Cat on a rug in House #4

Cat on a rug in House #4


Upstairs in this house were molas from Panama. They had one of those showers which was completely glass - no privacy. We were to exit out the back of the gardens (which had another guest house and then a fountain),
Patio fountain

Patio fountain


Attic window from the patio

Attic window from the patio

Patio

Patio


so we came back through the house and out the front so we could get to #914 Grinnell which was #3. The house had bright blue shutters.
House #3

House #3


Porch of House #3

Porch of House #3

Looking up at porch

Looking up at porch


Looking out the window at metal roofs

Looking out the window at metal roofs


House #3 was chock full of art and collections of antique photos and collections. There were original Matisses, an old photo of Marilyn Monroe - so much stuff that all I could think of was that the House Doctor would have a field day here. There wasn't a square inch of space in this house that didn't have something encrusted there. Masks, fossils, a collection of snakes, movie memorabilia, books... The people (Diane and Shirrel Rhoades) were connected with the film and publishing industry - Shirrel was the publisher of Marvel comics, so there were Spider Man and other comic cels.
From house 3

From house 3

Parody of the Flag at House #3

Parody of the Flag at House #3


Outside of the house they were flying a US flag, which had the red and white stripes overlaid with hibiscus flowers, and each of the 'stars' was a palm tree. I'm not sure I think that's very clever.
Orange tree

Orange tree

Limed siding

Limed siding


As part of the tour, we walked back through the side yard under an orange tree to the self contained guest house which was where the owners stayed while the renovations were being done on the original house.

Bob said that they'd gutted the house and only the exterior was original, although he admitted that he hadn't seen any vinyl siding. I felt that it wasn't really a problem not to take pictures, because only the outsides were of interest. I told him that I thought the houses were in a historic district and probably non-authentic siding would not be allowed. He said all of the houses had tin roofs (new) and that probably that wasn't original.
Island City House Hotel

Island City House Hotel


I thought it would be easiest to get to the Eaton Street house next (which was #1) and then it looked like we could walk from there to the Fleming St. house. Anticipating that parking would be a problem, I told Bob to park where he saw a space, and he found a place pretty quickly but it was 4 or 5 blocks north of the place we were going.
Home of the Cuban Consul to the US 1906 to 1915 Antonio Diaz Carrasco

Home of the Cuban Consul to the US 1906 to 1915 Antonio Diaz Carrasco


We walked past 1001 Eaton which was the home of the Cuban Consul to the US 1906 to 1915. The house was built in 1891.
Sign at 1001 Eaton Street

Sign at 1001 Eaton Street


It was a long walk to 809 Eaton (there were several blocks for each 100 block address). I commented to Bob that he'd probably have to go back and get the car and come and get me.
House #1 from the street

House #1 from the street


809 Eaton was house #1 on the tour, and was built between 1840 and 1865 by the Key West Merchant Samuel Kemp and his SIL Henry Lowe. It
is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This was a very big house, which has been restored by Michel Heitstuman who is an architectural designer. It is owned by Mr. Heitstuman and Edward Santana.
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Hallway going through House #1

Hallway going through House #1


It had a central hall with rooms on each side. The brochure says that it has a wine cellar, but I didn't see that. There was a fire in the fireplace, and a cottage in the garden. There were quite a lot of people at this house - it was crowded.
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We went upstairs, and then there was a third floor under the roof where you could see the roof hatches. The stairway up to the third floor was only a little wider than my hips, and there had to be traffic control people for the stairs so that no one had to try to pass on the stairs, which would have been excessively intimate if the other person were a stranger.
Church steeple

Church steeple


Bob said he'd go get the car, but the #2 house on the tour was just one back across to 719 Fleming Street, and I felt I could walk that far. We passed the Poplar House Key West Bed and Breakfast,
The Poplar House

The Poplar House


and the Southernmost Prayer and Faith Center Church. There was a lady with a little boy about 4 yo with a scooter walking along the street. She was walking a rottweiller.
Southernmost Prayer and Faith Church

Southernmost Prayer and Faith Church

Child with scooter on church steps

Child with scooter on church steps


He collapsed on the church steps and apparently wanted to be carried. She didn't take this very seriously.Child on the steps

Child on the steps

Curry House

Curry House

Church

Church


House #2 was the home of John Ring, a sailor, who has decorated it with sailing pictures and Irish pine antiques. It was built in 1859, and until c1985 was in the original family that built it. The brochure stated that it had been awarded a certificate of excellence for preservation from the Historic Florida Keys Foundation.
719 Fleming Street house #2 entrance

719 Fleming Street house #2 entrance

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Patio near the pool

Swimming pool of House #2

Swimming pool of House #2

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#2 house pool

Ladder up to the quarter berth

Ladder up to the quarter berth


There was a bed like a quarter berth upstairs, and there was ladder access to the deck below.
Sign warning not to feed chickens

Sign warning not to feed chickens


Bob walked back to get the car, and I had a discussion with a couple of people as to how the solar pool heaters would work - I thought they were too shaded to be very effective. Bob thought the pool was probably not used much. Bob picked me up (it was nearly 4 by now) and we went back to the trailer and I downloaded the pictures.
Night lights at the ball field

Night lights at the ball field


For dinner, I thought we might try to go to the Palms at the Trumbo BOQ (now called the Visitor's Quarters), but it is apparently only open Weds night and Sunday Brunch. So we started to go out to Stock Island. As we were driving, I said why not try the restaurant at the Blue Lagoon right on the corner of the road to Sigsbee. Bob didn't believe they had a restaurant, but their sign advertised an all you can eat Valentines Day dinner for $11.99, and I argued that they couldn't have that unless they had a restaurant. After we drove through the whole motel complex, we found it - it was called Looney's.
Blue Lagoon sign

Blue Lagoon sign

Blue Lagoon PWC rentals

Blue Lagoon PWC rentals


Since it was cold, and this was an open air restaurant (no indoor seating) overlooking the water where they rent PWCs, they had big palm tree like propane heaters. Everyone in there looked like a biker - they all had baseball caps and dark jackets. That was probably partly because it was cold, but there were 4 guys at one table who were all there on Harleys.
Heater at Loonies

Heater at Loonies


Several people came and left again because it was too cold. I wore my winter coat and Bob wore his new JC Penny's coat, and they put heaters on each side of our table and it was quite comfortable.
Looney's menu

Looney's menu

Juke box

Juke box

Specials board

Specials board


Bob had the fish and chips basket for $8.95 (which was what we tried to have at the Sunset Grill last Friday),
Fish and chips basket for $8.95

Fish and chips basket for $8.95


and I had the half lobster special for $13.99. This was supposed to have 2 sides, and I asked for red potatoes and cole slaw, but instead of cole slaw, I got a crab cake. Go figure.
Lobster dinner

Lobster dinner


I also had the special dessert, which was chocolate thunder cake for $3.99. Dinner was under $30.
Chocolate thunder cake

Chocolate thunder cake

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:49 Archived in USA Comments (5)

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