"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

May 14, 2011

May 13 - Key West, FL

Day 68 - Visitors
Key West City Marina

We went to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park this morning.  They have hiking and bike trails but it was too warm for those to be enjoyable, so we spent our time at the beach. The water was crystal clear and you could see fish without going snorkeling. We enjoyed our morning here.

We spent the afternoon relaxing on the boat and riding bikes around town. We rode back to the dock area and watched people. Earline and Kenneth arrived around seven and we went out for dinner at Blue Heaven. The Blue Heaven restaurant is located in a one hundred year old house, through the years the property has hosted cock fighting, gambling and Friday night boxing matches refereed by Ernest Hemingway. The outdoor courtyard is paved with the slate pool table tops from the days the downstairs operated as a billiard hall and ice cream parlour. A dance hall, a bordello and a playhouse have occupied the second floor. Every building in Key West seems to have a colorful history. We had a wonderful evening visiting with them…enjoyed the good company and good food.

The beach at the state park
 Beautiful clear water
 One of the pretty Key West homes
 Visitors from home
 Earline and Susie at Blue Heaven
 The entrance to Blue Heaven - everything here looks like a dive!

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