Key West

Joanne and I took a brief cruise from Miami through the Western Caribbean and back to refresh ourselves. Our first port of call was Key West. Key West packs a population of 25,000 into an island only 4 miles long and 1 mile wide; the largest island of the nearly 1800 islands that make up the Florida Keys. The early industries of Key West were as a port of trade and the salvaging of shipwrecks in the barrier reef that runs through the islands. Most of the islands are the exposed parts of reefs.

Key West is also where U.S. Route 1 begins its 2400 mile journey to the tip of Maine. The primary industry today is tourism.

The island has many reminders of its history.
US 1

Key West Morning

Key West Morning

Old Boat

Old Boat


Anchors

Anchors


Wagon Wheel

Wagon Wheel

Chickens run free throughout the island. The ubiquitous roosters frequesntly announce their presence.

Rooster

Rooster

Crowing

Crowing

Tourism includes tours of Hemingway’s house and Truman’s get-away-from-D.C. “Whitehouse”.
truman

Old Man and the Sea (with cellphone)

Old Man and the Sea (with cellphone)


We also saw a stained glass window of the patron saint of ice cream and sherbet. (I had key lime sherbet.)
patron saint of ice cream

Our stop was relatively brief. I hope to return some day as there was beauty everywhere.

Pink Cabs

Pink Cabs


Roots Breeching Stone Wall

Roots Breeching Stone Wall


Palm Shadows

Palm Shadows

Next stop Cozumel.

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