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Published: September 20th 2013
The whole troop was up early, bright eyed and bushy tailed and remarkably bright and awake after the previous days activities. Sadly the evening rain that has hit most evenings over the past few days decided to arrive early and start at 9-00am so the long walk to the camp site showers involved getting soaking wet in the rain first unless you wore your Mickie Mouse poncho).
Being wet, the planned jet ski tour around the islands had to be postponed so instead we choose the next best thing and hit the tourist trail across Key West. Now having lived in Key West for 7 years you would have thought that Justin would have seen and done everything but we were surprised just how little he had!
First up after the drive round the new Key West one way system (two years of pipe laying and road improvements planned! So leave the RV at the site) was the 'find a parking space game', once that was conquered it was breakfast/lunch in the world famous 'Hogs Breath Saloon'. Great food, live music, plastic cutlery and the odd chicken wandering through the restaurant (they are everywhere in Key West and protected!)
After that we headed for the old Key West trolley tour, a first for Justin and Kris and a chance to see 18 of Key Wests wonderful sights from the back of a plastic train being pulled by a jeep disguised as a train engine. About 15 of the 18 sights aren't worth getting off to look at but the history and different architecture if the entire Key West is worth taking a look at.
One stop we did get off for was Ernest Hemingways old house, a place where he wrote many of his books and a grand old house that he looked after his family and strange group of 6 toed cats whose descendants still live at the house today. So giving Sharan an opportunity to look at a historic house with 44 cats in residence was too much to avoid. They even had some kittens for her to get soppy Another tick in the box for Justin!
After the house we took the train back down to the dockyards and then walked back along the board walk to sunset pier for some welcome refreshment and with no sign of rain we then headed up
Duval Street to the roof of La Concha hotel to watch the spectacular sunset. Key West sunsets are famous and we settled in at the roof bar to wait, a couple of beers later it was clear that the amount of afternoon cloud wasn't going to be one of the best. Despite the weather we did get to see quite an impressive sunset.
Having watched the sun go down on our last night in Key West it was time for food and so it was off to Benihana's a Japenese teppanyaki restaurant out by the airport for a final blast. Strangely the restaurant choose to put the four of us on a table with a family of 2 adults and three young girls, so we had to be on best behaviour and only knock knock jokes and jokes about pants were allowed! Funniest was when the 10 year olds had to explain the punch lines of their jokes to Shas!
So that was it, last night in Key West and a great 3 days with bruv and sister inlaw...it really is a great place to party...what a shame it wasn't fantasy fest time because the write up and
pictures from that would have been much more entertaining!
Tomorrow we head out of the Keys and on to the Everglades for some alligator hunting!
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