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.
Key West Morning
Chickens run free throughout the island. The ubiquitous roosters frequesntly announce their presence.
Tourism includes tours of Hemingway’s house and Truman’s get-away-from-D.C. “Whitehouse”.
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.)
Our stop was relatively brief. I hope to return some day as there was beauty everywhere.