Florida Day Three: Key Largo: Made Famous By Bogie And Becall
After returning from my morning hike in the Everglades I had a light breakfast at my hotel and was on my way to Key Largo It was only a 30 mile drive and I was soon at my home for the next three days, the Bar Harbor and Coconut Bay Resort.
I had visited the Keys twice before, the first time while in college. This was before I saw the movie Key Largo named after this tiny island or “key”. We were on our way to Pine Key and only drove through the island. Key Largo and all the “keys” are connected to each other by Highway One.
The second time I visited we were on our way to Key West. We drove through at night. So, when I checked into my resort it was the first time I was actually in the Key Largo, made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall. I loved this movie and had wanted to visit this place since I watched the hurricane scene many years ago .
I knew there were some parks on the island but I was told by the folks in the resort office the closest was about ten miles away. I was tired from my long hike in the Everglades and decided to just explore the area near the resort.
As I mentioned above, there is only one highway that connects all of the keys, aptly named Highway One . It is about 130 miles from Florida City to the southern most key, Key West. My resort was located on this highway near mile marker 98.
Shortly after seeing the mocking bird I saw these morning glories. Another reminder of my dad. He planted some morning glory seeds when I was four or five years old and assured me the would produce flowers. I watched them all summer and sure enough they bloomed one cool late July morning. I knew he was with me, as was my sister, they always will be.
I past a few more business and some old residences that may have been around when the Key Largo was produced in 1947. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk. Key Largo afternoon walk. April 13 2018.
The sun seems to just drop beneath the horizon. It was a perfect way to end a long but enjoyable day. I was tired but stayed out to watch the stars. The beach faced north east and I found the Big and Little Dippers in the clear sky. Here is a link to some more photographs from the sunset. Key Largo Sunset. April 13 2018.
“Hold your course. You’re headed straight for Key Largo…” Key Largo 1947 movie