Beach, chicks, a big a$$ snake and the roach
Key West Travel Blog› entry 6 of 8 › view all entries
We arrived in Key West only 1 1/2 hours after we had booked the room at the Tourist information along Route 1. We stopped at the Key West Naval Base for some shopping, since souvenirs tend to be fairly cheap there. I got a thimble for my dad's girlfriend and a fridge magnet for myself. I picked up 10 postcards as well, thinking I'd have some down time at some point when I could write them.
Then we took the scenic route that was pointed out to us by the travel agent at the tourist info, basically following FL A1A instead of US 1. A1A follows the southern shore line of Key West past Smathers public beach and the International Airport. We wanted to get our things out of the car and get settled into our hotel before exploring the island.
We arrived at the Douglas House after missing the turn 3 times. haha It's located on a one way street only 3 blocks from the Southernmost point. Which we passed while looking for the hotel. Now I thought that the big buoy was standing at the end of a peer or something, but No! It's standing at the side of the road! A tiny little side walk and an alcove for the buoy. Huh! Some things to look grander on pictures. lol Well, at least I got to see it and take a picture next to it. ;) There was a really friendly local (I think) that offered to take a picture of Marike and I together, which was great.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. We were really curious about the place that we were going to be staying at and might I add that we were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived.
We were showed to our room before signing anything, without even asking for it. We immediately felt at home. If you wanna read more about the room, just read the review. lol I have to add that Marike did not like the upstairs bed room loft. The crazy stairs were not something she wanted to have to walk down on to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. This is why I like traveling with her. She wants the aisle seat on the plane and she lets me have the cool bed. haha
We dragged our stuff to the 2nd floor via our private entrance and stairs. Our veranda was overlooking Amelia St. and our car was right there.
So on to exploring Key West. It was hot today and humid so we decided to take a short dip in the ocean, couldn't wait to do that actually. So we changed into our swim clothes, grabbed a towel and headed for the nearest beach. Ah yeah. So about that. We arrived at South Beach Key West only a short walk from the guest house, BUT..... the first thing we noticed was the smell. Fishy, that's all I'm saying. We strolled down the whole length of the pier but it did not get any better. Adding to the disgust was a pipe overgrown with algae that was following along side the pier and ending somewhere there too.
We decided to walk by Southernmost point on the way back to the hotel. We got the picture and hiked back to the hotel. Before reaching it I spotted some baby chicks that were beeping away right by the side walk. I couldn't believe my eyes. The last time I had seen baby chicks was a good 15 years ago and those were going to be fed and then killed by my grandma. But these were so cute!! I just had to take pictures and already had adoption plans forming in my head before Marike pulled me off.
Back at the hotel we decided to get ready for dinner and catch a glimpse of the famous Key West sunset.
We had gotten a restaurant guide from our hotel clerk and she had pointed out a few of the good seafood restaurant in it. We wanted seafood that day. I mean, we're in Key West for crying out loud. So we had to hurry to get a look at the sunset, but missed it barely. We were at Mallory square maybe 10 minutes too late. Guess we should have skipped the shower.
Hungry now, we walked along the historic seaport and came across Conch Republic Seafood Company. (review to follow) Happy and full we decided to head back to Duval Street and maybe get a Margarita, no Mojito, we were done with those after Miami.
We went to a bar along Duval St. do not remember what it was called but we could sit outside and it was across from a gay bar with a very impressive tall, blond transvestite standing outside inviting people come in. Very entertaining to watch. ;) We both had one margarita and decided that was going to be it. We had planned to look see if we could still swim in the nice hotel pool or just chill in the hot tub when we got back to the hotel. It was now 8:30pm and we were still sweating.
We were strolling along Duval St. when I spotted a guy with a big a$$ Burmese Albino Python.
Ladies and Gentleman, there I was in a classic tourist trap situation. I thought about hubby sitting in dangerous war country and what a kick he would get out of me holding a snake. He loves snakes. So I paid up and we took a bunch of pictures. I look freaked out in each and every one of them.
When we took the picture where the snake has its big jaw open, like it is about to swallow a cantaloupe, the guy simply stated "Oh, she's just yawning! Don't worry about it!" That's when I called an end to the madness, plus "she" was trying to get away from me anyways.
We got back to the hotel still giggling about the encounter. We walked into the office which was about to close and I asked the guy how long the pool was open. He said: "Well, usually we ask people to stop swimming at midnight just to not disturb the folks that have their rooms right there." Well, that was still 3 hours away so we changed as quick as the wind and were inside the well-tempered pool a few minutes later. We swam for half an hour then had some wine we had picked up along the way while sitting in the hot tub. Awesome! We were finally in full vacation-relaxation mode.
Back in the room at 10:30 pm we got ready for bed both exhausted from a long day of driving and walking. I was about to take another shower to cool off.
Disgusted as hell, Marike decided she was not going to sleep in the downstairs bed after all. Not now. Not after the attack. (rofl) So I was a good friend and let her sleep upstairs with me.
But even after this event we still had a great time and after a night without any more home invasions we were well rested for the next leg of our trip: Mission Find-a-Descent-Sandy-Beach in the Keys, which failed miserably.
(Edited out some major brain fart typos: June 27, 2012)