11/2/11

On the Road to Key West

 As many of you already know the hubby and I have just returned from a wonderful vacation to The Keys!!
Key West is defined as an island in the Straits of Florida at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys.  Key West is home to the southernmost point in the Continental United States and about 90 miles from Cuba.
Actually standing here you are closer to Cuba than you are to Miami!!


While there we heard the locals referred to as Conchs.  Of course this made me wonder why?  Soooooo with the help of Wikipedia I have found an answer!!
"Many residents of Key West were immigrants from the Bahamas.  And many are the descendants of Loyalists that fled from the nearest Crown Colonies during the American Revolution. The term is now generally referred to all residents of Key West. Freshwater Conch is the named given to those not born there but have lived in the area at least seven years. True Conchs applies only to those of European ancestry who immigrated from the Bahamas."

Okay, enough history lesson for today!!

Traveling down Highway 1 was an experience...bridges, water, fishing...

(I think this is part of the old bridge system to Key West!)

One of the local favorites as well as for the tourist crowd is No Name Key.  Before the highway was completed the ferry loaded and unloaded at this small, out of the way key! And of course an eating and drinking establishment was needed!  Thus NO NAME PUB!!


The inside was quite fascinating...covered in dollar bills!!

Great insulation, huh??  Estimated 130,000 to 150,000 and still counting!!
No Name Key is also a great place to see the Key Deer! Small (about 24 inches in height), endangered species...unfortunately we were not able to see any...but next time...

Arriving in Key West there is soooo much to do and see!! You can ride the trams, bike, or walk. The area has a carnival atmosphere! Music, music, people, people!!  No wonder Hemingway found it a great place to write! And President Truman loved visiting so much he deemed a home The Little White House!

A rich history...





Gardens...



(I can see this light on my lake! I bet you can find a place for one too!!)


And I can't forget to mention the chickens!  Roosters, hens, chicks...everywhere, in trees, streets, patios, gardens, alleyways...







Can you say CHICKEN WARS??  There are many articles written about the chickens of Key West! If interested...

Of course one of the absolutely best, fantastic, most endearing, dare I say romantic, the sunsets...


I hope you've enjoyed a small part of my trip to The Keys! I've really enjoyed sharing it with y'all!!


Have a Blessed Day!! And see ya down the junkin' road!!

Jan

Inviting you to party with me and the friends over at...

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18 comments:

Light and Voices said...

The Keys are on my "bucket list." Looks like you had a great time there.
Joyce M

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Lovely photos of your Key West trip. My nephew-in-law is Cuban and I find the southernmost/90 miles to Cuba marker most interesting. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment on my wire cloche.

Ela @ Scrapidoodlelicious@blogspot.com said...

Great photos from your vacation. I positive you had a great time there.

Thanks for dropping by in my blog. I am a new follower. Hope you visit again and follow along too.

Geneva said...

I've never thought about Key West as a place I'd like to visit, but after seeing your pictures I'm giving it a second thought. Thank you for the tour and great photographs...Great Job!

MommaHen said...

I think I saw an episode of 'Billy the Exterminator' where chickens were running amuck in places like this. Isn't that crazy! Where I live , in the country, that's a good thing! Free eggs! haha.

JO said...

We were supposed to go to the Keys too... but we got as far as Key Largo when it started raining really hard. We decided it's not worth the risk so we had to turn back. Tornado warning hit that same night. :-( oh well...

~ Jo's Precious Thoughts ~

June Scott said...

Beautiful photos, Jan, thanks for sharing! I especially love the one of the ship against the sunset, great shot!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

That is great. Love the chicken pictures, that is hilarious.

LizlovesVintage said...

I bet you had a great time! Great photos! I'll be back to see the rest of your vaca.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I only wished I have stopped over sooner to yours ;)
Have a great weekend!
xxx Liz

Town and Country Gals said...

Jan,
what beautiful photos! Looks like a great place to visit, maybe someday! Thanks for visiting
Rebecca

High Street Cottage said...

What a fun trip, I've never been so it's nice to travel there online via your lovely blog, hugs, tami

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

We love Key West. It has been a while since we've had the chance to go, but I can't wait to go back. There is nothing else quite like it!

Judy said...

Key West is on our list of places to go. It looks great. Thanks for stopping by today. Hope to see you at my Fall into Fall party that opens tonight at 8pm EST.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Great vacay pixs!! Thanks for sharing :D

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Key West is a Beautiful place" we all need to go one time. I love all your photos Im so Happy you had a good time.
I would like to thank you for your sweet comments on my new tablescape so sweet of you.
I hope you have a great week.
XXOO Diane

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I've always wanted to go to the Keys but have never made it quite that far south. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

I adore the Florida Keys. I have not been in quite awhile since family moved to Naples.

Dee

Barbara F. said...

Hey Jan, for some reason I no longer get your posts in my reader! It happens with a couple of other blogs too, and I don't know what to do about it. Blogger still has work to do on itself! I have always wanted to go to the Florida Keys. One day.....xo