Fort Zachary Taylor
About the closest thing you will see in America to the typical castle ruins common in Britain.
Day 10 - Key West
Since we got in so late last night and because everyone agreed we needed a non-driving day we decided to stay an extra day in the Keys. We started out by sleeping in and then taking a swim at the beach. Michelle spent some time trying to catch fish in a cup while Tony and Anne relaxed on the beach. After a shower and some lunch we all headed back to Key West. Anne and Michelle wanted to go to the Hemmingway House (mostly to see the cats) and Tony was interested in seeing Fort Zachary Taylor. While looking for parking we also spotted the Key West Lighthouse. Tony explored the lighthouse while Anne and Michle made friends with the cats. Afterwards Anne and Michelle joined Tony at the lighthouse. The view from the lighthouse was spectactular. Key West is roughly 2 miles wide by 4 miles long. You can see the whole key from the walk around the top of the lighthouse.
Fort Zachary Taylor was built in 1845 and manned from the Spanish-American War through WWII. It was later excavated in the 1970s after being a dumping ground for the naval base
The Southernmost KOA in the Contiguous US
Losts of places in the Keys have "Southernmost" in their name.
since WWII. After visiting the fort, it was time to search out an early dinner. Unfortuately, on our way to The Stoned Crab the van started making some unnerving noises. After pulling over and testing a few possiblities we decided it sounded like a problem with the air conditioner. We found the local Toyata Service Center and they were able to take a look. They said it seemed to be the compressor but didn't have any openings for today and were closed on Saturday. They said we should be okay to drive as long as we didn't run the air conditioner and recommended a Service Center on the mainland that is open on Saturdays. We called and made an appointment for 9AM. Without the air conditioner we'll be beating the heat the old fashoined way - 2 windows down and 55mph. We'll also be leaving by 6AM so the heat is at it's lowest.
After that little adventure we continued on to fullfill Michelle and Tony's craving for crab. The crab here in the Keys is a bit different that what we are used to. Stone Crabs have a thicker shell and are a bit sweeter than King or
Watchin the fish
(Actually, he was resting for the swim back to shore from the trampoline, but the fish were neat too).
Snow Crabs. Michelle and Tony had a plate full of crab claws and Anne stuck to the less messy crab cakes. Durring dinner, Key West was hit by a pretty good thunder storm. Since the restaurant was mostly open, pretty soon the wind was pushing rain through the sides. It was exciting and gave Michelle and Tony a good excuse to stay and eat more crab. We rounded out our evening with a swim back at the KOA, this time in the pool. Tomorrow will see us back on the road with a (hopefully short) stop to get the airconditioning fixed.
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