Key West, It’s Been A Long Time Since I’ve Visited Florida’s Southernmost City. Too Long.
I started writing this blog after having spent about 7 hours on Key West, Florida’s famous southernmost key. And what an sensory overloading experience those seven hours were. So much to see and do. And I saw a lot on my 8 miles of walking through the busy streets of Key West.
It’s been 33 years since I last roamed these streets. On my last visit I spent most of my time drinking in the many bars with my friends and looking for girls. I didn’t see much of the culture, history, and beauty of this of this wonderful place. I did today.
Okay, it is now Wednesday morning, my second day in the keys. I fell early last night while writing my blog. It’s around 6 a.m. and I had some coffee and I am getting ready to see the sunrise. It is going to be another great day here in the Keys. So back to yesterday, I arrived at the Key West Airport around 11;30. It is a very small airport and I had no problem quickly picking up my rental car.
It was a pleasant drive to downtown Key West. I was surprised there wasn’t a lot more traffic. I drove to famous Duval Street where I was staying at the historic Duval House Bed and Breakfast. It was a nice place and a friendly and informative staff greeted me at the reception desk. Of course, if being only noon, my room wasn’t ready. No problem. I was off to explore downtown Key.
After my lunch I began my exploration of Key West by walking south on Duval Street. Okay, sorry it is now my fourth day in Florida as I write this. I always want to keep current with my blogs while I travel, but, once again I have been so busy exploring I am way behind. So I will just try and quickly post a few comments and photos and invite you check out more of the photos in the galleries I link. A picture is worth a 1000 words they say. So back to Tuesday afternoon, I walked along busy Duval Street,
and the large trees, Catbirds and yellow-rumped warblers, birds I am very familiar with from my hikes in my home in Northeastern Pennsylvania, sang in the trees tops. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photo of the Duval House. Florida Day One Key West Duval House January 10 2023.
I also walked by some local street art. wish I had more time to explore. I finished my 6 mile hikes, returned to my room showered and, as exhausted as I was , decided to walk back to Mallory Square and watch the sunset, Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my walk through the streets of Key West. Florida Day One Key West afternoon hike January 10 2023.
They were crowded and the only seats were at the bar. I had just about given up on eating when I came across a little “hole in the wall” eating joint. That really is the best way to describe it. I looked at the menu and asked if they were open . I was told that they were closing for the evening. An elderly woman inside yelled what do I want. I said anything without red meat and she said she will make me a falafel sandwich. As I waited I had a wonderful conversation with two regular customers about life, God, travel and so much more. The sandwich came and it was heavenly delicious. I asked how she makes it so good and she said she makes it with love. She certainly put a lot of love in it. It was a enjoyable meal. And she joined our conversation what a wonderful woman. The “hole in the wall” ( she called it that too) was Mams Best Food. It is a great place to eat and I’d recommend it highly if you are in Key West.
I finished my hike and walked past a lively conversation at the Christmas tree at the Duval House. I was too tired to enjoy the beautiful southern Florida evening . I was soon asleep., looking forward to some more exploring in the morning . Here is a gallery with some photos of the Key West sunset. Florida Day One Key West sunset January 10 2023.
“Natives of the Florida Keys often refer to themselves as Conchs, and for good reason: They have been drinking.”