Cudjoe Key, Florida (high 85, low 68)
We haven’t gotten the boat out yet. Al is trying to put a 2nd bilge pump in, the boat seat needed to be rebuilt, plus our dive platform broke, so that’s another project. Working on boats is very much like working on RV’s. Nothing is ever easy or quick.
It is starting to feel like summer here, so we try to plan our outdoor activities early. Fortunately, we are morning people, so sunrise is something we frequently see! To properly explore Key West, you really need to walk. You can park in Key West for free before noon on Sundays, so that’s a great day to explore.
Some days we head uptown and some days we head downtown (towards Key West).
The Old Town section in Key West is quite interesting. There is a lot of history in Key West and there seems to be a never ending list of things we want to see and do. We’ve been coming to the Keys quite a few years now and still haven’t come close to seeing all that Key West has to offer.
The other morning, we stopped at McDonalds for a quick breakfast. We noticed the car parked next to us and of course if there is a cat anywhere around, I will spot it.
Can you see it? There is a yellow cat on the dash. The window is cracked enough that the cat could have gotten out, which concerned me.
We waited for the young couple to come back to the car. They were obviously living out of the car. They bragged that they came all the way to Key West from North Carolina. I wanted to tell them, to turn around and go home. Key West is not exactly cheap.
We gave them $11 for breakfast as they were obviously living out of their car. It was all the cash we had on hand and I said I was sorry it wasn’t more. He told me thanks, that was more than they had. Oh brother! Came to Key West with NO MONEY? How could they be that stupid?
As it turned out, they have two cats AND a puppy. It was SO hot that day and we felt particularly bad for the animals. The people had a choice as to their circumstances. The animals did not.
We left and went to Publix, got some cash, water and pet food, but by the time we got back they were gone. We haven’t seen them since, but are still carrying about the pet food. Hopefully they wised up and went home. Dumb ass kids.
In Key West, every one wants to be the southernmost of whatever type of business they are. The southernmost dive shop, bar, hotel, house, gift shop… You name it. Some one wants to claim the fame of being the southernmost.
This is the southernmost point in the United States. The fence you see on the right is the barrier between the Naval Air Station and Key West.
Both of our fathers were military and Al and I both lived on Air Force bases. Neither one of us ever had such a beautiful view out of our back yard.
Here is the base housing. I’m shooting thru a fence, but you get the idea.
Here is their back yard view. Yep, much better than we ever had.
There are a lot of old churches in Key West. Most of them seem to be Catholic. (warning….. if you get offended by anything to do with religion, you might want to quit reading now).
This particular church was right on Truman street, which is another place you can park for free. Parking is between 3.50 and $4. an hour to park, so free parking is always good.
The church grounds were beautiful and inviting, so we took a walk around.
Notice all the rock with the coral?
Keep up the good work
The church was initially a Canadian order and had history back to 1868. The Sisters offered their services to the Navy in the treatment of yellow fever during the Spanish American War.
Colonel Teddy Roosevelt fought in Key West with his Rough Riders. This was the war where Cuba obtained their independence, the US obtained both Guam (where Al and I met) and the Philippine Islands.
Take a minute to read the signs if you can.
This church was turned into a hospital at the time and was the first place the x-ray was used to find bullets and shrapnel, saving patients from exploratory surgery.
We strolled down Truman Ave and discovered a few restaurants to try at a later point. Made to order burritos. Sounds good to me!
This next building was an old cigar factory with it’s own history.
This is one of the first integrated workplaces in America and also where a lot of planning and fundraising was done in effort to free Cuba from Spain.
You never know what you’ll find strolling down the streets in Old Town Key West.
Shady spots to sit.
Weather Prediction help
This is a Kapok tree. I had to take the picture from the car, but I will go back and try again. Look at the bottom of the tree. Isn’t is amazing?
There are so many areas in Old Town to explore. Next time, we’re planning on exploring the old cemetery and maybe even the Truman House.
Today, might get us to the “jumping bridge”.