Friday, May 6, 2011
There are roosters everywhere in Key West! This is my favorite capture of them and so it is the picture of the day!
Our first full day of vacation started with me going for a 2 mile walk down North Roosevelt Boulevard from our hotel towards Old Town. I didn't know how long or how safe it was to walk all the way downtown so I turned around to meet up with Scott, Howard and Mary. We took the free shuttle van to the Old Town area of Key West. We decided it'd be fun to just walk around and figure out what we'd want to do along the way. Our first stop was at the Custom House Museum. We didn't look at the exhibit but looked in the giftshop and took photos of the beautiful building and sculptures by J. Seward Johnson. We then went into the Clinton Square Market Mall and lured into a Seventh Day Adventist nonprofit by the calls of parrots. While I enjoyed seeing the parrots and tucan, I was not expecting a discussion of the second coming.
After walking around a bit more, Scott and Mary had their first piece of Key Lime pie because the friendly owner of Key Lime Pie Outlet, Ted, started talking them up while I was taking photos and Howard was talking on the phone with Lisa. I joined them while Ted talked with us about Key West culture. I enjoyed that his announcement that we were in a judgment free zone in Key West. I can live with that!
Scott and I continued to walk around while Howard and Mary cooled off at the hotel. We walked around most of the Old Town area and stopped to have lunch at Panini Panini. We took a photo of the Southernmost Point Buoy and dipped our toes in the water. Before heading back to the hotel, we stopped in for a cold drink at Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery. It has a great patio but the restaurant seems to be in an identity crisis as they are trying to appeal to beer, wine and frozen drink enthusiasts.
After a solid nap in the hotel, we decided to stay away from the heart of Old Town and eat somewhere that seemed a bit more local. With the help of Yelp, we chose Mo's Restaurant. It was a great experience because we were the only patrons for most of our dinner. We were given complimentary appetizer of rice and beans (I am sure it has an official name but they don't have an online menu). Scott and I both had the snapper which had an amazing sauce on top. After our dinner, we were given complimentary slices of pie to split. I guess that is the benefit of visiting during the low season.
After a day in the sun, I was more than ready to crash after dinner. So, no wild and crazy partying in Key West for us.
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family