Published: August 9th 2012August 8th 2012
We've had two very fun full and active days in Key West since our last blog entry. If you tuned into our last entry, you know that it was cloudy, rainy and cool, and that we were hoping for sun and heat. Well we got it...and we took advantage of it...maybe a little too much.
We started Tuesday with a breakfast out at The Wouthernmost Cafe and Bar, where we had short order style breakfasts to get our energy up for the day. The Omlette was good, but a bit greasy, and the rest was okay. We followed this up with a short drive into the Fort Zachary Taylor State Park to enjoy the beach. The ride was short, only about 5 minutes, and once at the beach we saw that it was rather beautiful, but rocky and the surf was up. We lied in our spot under a palm tree in the sahde, read, relaxed and enjoyed the big waves and heavy surf of the Atlantic Ocean. The park was busy, but not too busy to enjoy. We swam to the breakwater rocks and climbed aboard as the surf tried to pull us to and fro. All in all
it was a nice day at the beach. until we got back to the hotel and noticed that the shade of the palm tree offered us little protection from the sun, as we both had sun burns all over. Not that bad, but it was there. Sunburns in the shade...what a pain in the skin.
We prepared for dinner, and headed out early (4:30pm) to enjoy great deals at the various Happy Hours in the Key West Historic Bight area. This port/docks/marina area is very picturesque, fun, very cool...but a long walk all the way to the other side of town. We started at Half Shell Raw Bar, where we ordered a half pound of beer steamed shrimp (D-lish) and a half dozen raw oysters (the largest I've ever seen...also D-lish). We also ordered a nice and sweet cocktail, an apple lemonade thing, that was great. The bill for all that? 12 and change. Happy hour in Key West rules. Next we went on to Turtle Kraals, where we had a margarita, pulled pork sliders (2 with fries), wood smoked fish dip with crackers, and a cob of corn. The food was good, the sliders and fries great, with
the bill only 15 dollars. Can't beat this town between 4:30 and 7pm.
We hunted for another place that was still doing the deals, but were pretty full, so gave up, deciding to go back to a few other place the next day. We walk and walked and walk after dinner, and eventually ended up at The Ghosts and Mysteries haunted/ghost tour. We were excited to see what it was like, as we heard that this town was quite a haunted type place, put overall we were disappointed (at least I was). The tour guide really pushed the patrons to take lots of photos, capturing "orbs" and "rods" and "ectoplasmic clouds" and "full body apparitions," which for me is sort of a bunch of bull do-do, and it ate up lots of time. There were a few great stories, including the story of the famous Robert the Doll (the inspiration for chucky) which was quite freaky. But overall too much time spent looking onto cameras at orbs and rods....boooo. Especially when I compare it to the depth and realism of the Savannah tour, it was a real disappintment...and not much walking as a consolation prize exercise session.
Wednesday, we woke up, had breakfast and headed out to Key West's other main beach, Smathers Beach. It was a 10 minute drive (with free street parking!!!) and was very pretty. White sand, palm trees, nice looking water (all man made though unfortunately) but we didn't stay too long. There was a lot of wind making it hard to get the umbrellas to stay up for shade, and the water was chock-a-block full of sea grass, sea weed, and sea shrubbery. It made it hard to enjoy. The water was a bit cooler but great, but after our umbrella blew away for the second time, I'd had enough. We read for a bit, ate our picnic lunch, and then headed back to the hotel to sit by the pool and swim and read (which was great in the end).
WE went out again for happy hour delights. First we went to The Commodore's Boat House, where I had a 1.90 draft beer, and we shared a 1/2 pound of steamed shrimp and some buffalo wings. Next we hit Alonzo's Oyster Bar, where we had fresh Mahi Mahi fish sticks, buffalo shrimp, clams casino and an apple slaw. All the
items were amazing, especially the clams and the bufallo shrimp. What a great place. And the grape vodka lemonade was great as well. We finished up at Two Friends Patio Restaurant, where we had more pell and eat shrimp and some chicken tenders. Great again. What a way to eat.
We watched a sort of sunset (too many clouds), took a nice stroll down Duval, and finished up with some ice cream from a nice ice cream and desserts shop. The salted caramel ice cream was particularly good.
Tomorrow we are in Fort Myers Beach, about a 5 hour drive. A new place is always bittersweet. Saying goodbye to a fun place and hello to a new one.
More pics to come on this entry tomorrow (bad internet at the Chelsea House).
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