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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West April 18th 2007

As I’m sure you can imagine from my previous entry, we had to get up and get out this morning or we would have stayed on Little Palm forever. We were on the 9:00 boat, in the car by 9:30 and in Key West by 10:30. What a place. I had heard that it is the end of the line and - boy howdy - is it. I have never seen so many odd people in one place in my life. We checked into an absolutely gorgeous hotel - The Gardens. It is an old Key West home that was made famous in its day by the woman who owned it, one Peggy Mills. She devoted her life to her garden and it has been maintained to this day. Absolutely stunning. Unfortunately, we had our list ... read more
Southernmost Point
Hemingway's Study

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West March 27th 2007

Day 1, Key West PierceLast sunday I watched my parents drive my truck full of all my belongings down the street as I thought to my self "what the hell am I doing, what did I do? What did I do?!" I was left with only my bike and the little bit of stuff that I had packed into my bike bags. I was more nervous now than ever before and i kept thinking to myself "what just happened here? what did I just do?" as I flew down south. I felt a little better while on layover in Ft. Lauderdale seeing all the palm trees and all the beautiful beach going people, myself included of course. When I finally boarded the tiney plane to Key West I felt great, even the pilot was a ... read more
The Key West Light House
The start and the beginning

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West March 23rd 2007

Untitled Pierce Tomorrow I will get up early one last time, I will drive the ten miles through Fayetteville, North Carolina to Fort Bragg one last time, I will go to the chow hall for two dollar breakfast one last time, and I will walk through the post out-processing station one last time. Tomorrow is the last day I will be an active duty officer in the US Army and no words in the English language, which I can think of, can describe the emotions that I am feeling. Four years of struggling through low level leadership positions, low motivation in subordinates, power hungry supervisors, and long hours of seemingly unrecognized hard work is all over… It’s all over! Now I can get back to my life or establish a new life like the one ... read more
My packing list

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West February 11th 2007

My friend, Jo, told me I'd cry a lot on this journey. Having travelled alone for six months at nineteen (!), she said there would be these emotional times. "Crying" she wrote in her mail. "Thank God for crying." As usual, she took me by surprise. Although I'm a Buddhist and know life is suffering, know I should sit with my feelings in order to transform them, tears have been too much a part of my life over the past year or so for me to embrace them - I mean, no sane person wants pain, right? Even if denying it has left me depressed and energetically suppressed. But, hey, you guessed the punchline - the crying has started. I was up half the night worrying about money - that is hopefuly going to be resolved ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West January 15th 2007

Again I got up around 7:00 and got going by 8:00. Started running into tolls around Miami. This brought back bad memories of the northeast. Stopped and got a few supplies before heading to the Keys, where I expected everything to be expensive. Arrived at Leo’s campground around 7:00 PM. I had called in advance so they expected me. It kind of sucked in that I was paying $43/night to essentially park my truck. Well it would do for the night, because I didn’t have any other ideas. 1/16/07 Got up at 6:00 and headed to the Regatta to try and get on a boat. Arrived at the regatta headquarters around 7:00 AM and spoke with a person about volunteering. They said I would need to speak with Mike and it would be best to wait ... read more
Saing Pic
Awe the Keys
Key West Campsite

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West January 12th 2007

We love Key West, from the moment we pulled into the Conch Harbor Marina and stepped off the boat and into the party. It certainly is a wild and crazy town. And we stayed at a great marina, with a big swimming pool and Monty’s bar and restaurant. Across the street was Pepe’s, one of the oldest and best restaurants in town with amazing food (which we enjoyed on many occasions). And it was a short walk along the docks, thru the historic seaport village, to get to the heart of town- Duval Street. Duval Street is amazing, what a concept. It is a mile long stretch with bars and restaurants and galleries and shops- and did I mention- bars. There is over 100 bars located on Duval, some as tiny as an alleyway and others ... read more
Conch Harbor Marina
Sloppy Joe's

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West January 12th 2007

Many of you asked “What do you do for an encore after last year’s spectacular World Cruise adventure?” The answer…Take another World Cruise but go in the opposite direction and visit as many new destinations as possible. It all started when we reviewed the Voyagers ‘07 passenger inspired itinerary and realized how it complimented the ‘06s. To our dismay, it was sold out, so we enlisted our travel agency “Cruise Professionals” to help. By autumn, we had our suite booked and decided that it would be a lot of fun to tell no one that we were coming and surprise them at the Bon Voyage party in Miami on January 8th. But I’m getting ahead of myself. In December, we were honored to be invited to a fellow passengers 90th birthday party in Key West, 2 ... read more
Bound for Key West
90th Birthday Bash!
Off Shore, Bahamas

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West December 28th 2006

It's Christmas time here in Key West- like none other.... read more
The Bight Before Christmas
Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West December 12th 2006

I think any high school student who had the privilege of taking the tour through Hemingway’s home and museum in Key West would surely take their studies of Hemingway’s literature more seriously. Here, through an outstanding guide, Hemingway comes alive. Here you hear the stories and see the articles of Hemingway’s life that inspired the stories he wrote. The house itself is an interesting story. Built in 1851 by Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker. Tift found out what is true throughout Florida. When the topsoil is removed you hit shale or limestone. Tift also found out the lot was sixteen feet above sea level. So he quarried the stone for the house right from the sight. He not only got the stone for the house but also ended with the only basement ... read more
Our guide
Rod and Reel
Spanish Civil War Helmit

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West December 12th 2006

President Harry S. Truman brought some notoriety to Key West when his doctor advised him to get some rest and sun. Truman was advised the Base Commanders house was empty at Key West Naval Base. Truman visited the base, like the climate and surrounding so much he made 11 visits totaling 175 days during his administration. It became known as Harry S. Truman Little White House. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the base in 1939. Thomas Edison lived-in the house during World War I while donating his services to the Navy. In 1948-49 General Dwight D. Eisenhower held a series of meeting that resulted in the creation of the Department of Defense. In 1956 he returned to recoup from a heart attack. John Kennedy made a second visit in 1962 immediately following the Cuban Missile Crisis. Former ... read more
Truman's Little White House

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