Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More Key West activities

Lest you think that all we did in Key West was wine and dine, or margarita and dine, we walked many miles, especailly around the Truman Annex. It's a pretty condo neighborhood that used to be Navy housing during the '40s and '50s. Truman's "White House" is here too.

One day, after a morning of laundry, we set off for Fort Zachary Taylor, its nearby beach and Coast Guard ships, and its outdoor art sculpture. But hunger ruled and we took a lunch detour to Blue Heaven, a stereotypical mostly outdoors Key West restaurant with chickens and roosters strutting by.

MY bum knee was not happy after we walked a few extra miles after getting completely different directions to the sculpture “garden” from three different locals. Then the "sculptures" were less than impressive to our artistically discerning eyes, except for one made by school kids out of plastic bags. So we had to stop at Sloppy Joe’s for a medicinal margarita on the way back to dinner onboard MicMac.

On our final Key West evening, we enjoyed our own mini-pubcrawl, beginning with a look at some of the "entertainers" on Mallory Square and a beautiful sunset and vino (an hour after 24 hours of rain). The huge cruise ships on the nearby docks have to leave at 4:30 p.m. so they don't block the sunset.

We then returned to Kelly’s for vino and lots of conversation with fellow and once-were sailors, and finally a return to the Schooner Wharf Bar where I learned another useful phrase for being over-served. One of the band members was “spurring his sleech” after a few satisfied customers tipped him with shots. Schooner Wharf rules!

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