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Flying Cloud… What Is It?

Sticking out like a sore thumb among other street names is what appears at first glance to be nothing more than an American Indian reference.     You would be so wrong! Being an incredible WWII and history buff I seized the opportunity to pass along a little bit of our nations great fighting past during trying times. The name ‘Flying Cloud’ is indeed American Indian related in this instance correlated with a Navy vessel of great stature. With the outbreak of WWII, the U.S. Navy after the attack of Pearl Harbor was in dire need for ships of all sizes acquired...

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Key’s Alternative Energy Center

When you think of our nations alternative energy initiative you don’t think of Key West. So where do you think you’d find the Alternative Energy Center in the Florida Keys? Well, you darn sure would never think of a High School in Key West! In this case that’s exactly where you’d find it! From Biodiesel to wind turbines this schools does it all. Painted on the outside of the schools Alternative Energy Center are a number of different depictions including several nationally recognized awards listed upon its walls. What’s your local high school doing about alternative...

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Got Kids? Marathon’s Fantastic Childrens Park

It’s feels GREAT to blog every once in a while about something totally dedicated to enriching the lives of our children. As a father of four (3 boys with families of their own and a 18-year-old daughter), I’ve spent countless pleasurable hours at parks smiling and laughing watching them swing and slide over all the years as they’ve each grown up. Here’s one of those places that kids dream of! You name it and it has it, everything from standard swings & marry-go-rounds to suspended bridges, a Thomas The Train look-alike to a full size shark in its sand box...

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Florida Key’s New Emergency Warning Sirens

Is this the Florida Keys newest tourist attraction? Maybe not, but it is one of the Florida Keys newest additions! But what is it? From out of nowhere I could see it rising above the surrounding trees, it can’t be a power pole it’s too tall. Getting out of my car and walking towards the sky-scrapping pole my neck and eyes peered upward to what appeared to be a super-sized speaker. (seen below in a super close-up photo) Using myself as a gauge (seen above), I can tell that this stands nearly 52′ tall into the Florida sky. At its base a sign reads: ‘WHEN...

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Sharing A Beach With Sea Turtles

Ever shared a silver-sand beach with sea turtles? Well here you can… from of distance that is! Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles nest in these sands during the day instead of at night as all other sea turtles do. Look at one of the photos below, you can see that the red-colored walkway has lightened sections that from afar look non-disscript. Now look at the up close picture as a miniature turtle comes into focus. Who knows, depending on the time of year you visit, you might actually be on the beach at the same time as turtles! You can find these tiny embedded images of sea turtles just...

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Conch Shell Cutie!

How cool is this! We had stopped by to get my long-awaited photo with the ‘Pink Ape’ made famous by Adam Richmond on one of the episodes of the Travel Channel’s Man-V-Food Nation. We were then approached by a gentlemen coming out of the store in the background who said “You ought to get a picture of her laying down in the conch shell!” And so we did! Boys, this is my ‘Conch Shell Cutie’, I suggest you head on down the Keys and photograph one of your own! You can find this goliath sized conch shell sitting exactly beside the pink ape at Mile...

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Lighthouse With A View

 Some things in life need no explanations at ALL. Let me tell you; “Standing at the top of an inland lighthouse looking over the entire city of Key West is one of them!” You just simply ENJOY it! You can find Key West’s historic inland lighthouse at 938 Whitehead Street across from Ernest Hemingway’s House. Entrance fee per person $10, children 6 and under $5. That’s as hard as it gets!                           Shoestring Weekend

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K-Mart’s Oceanic Mural

Wow, how beautiful is this! Probably the WIDEST oceanic mural in the Florida Keys! I’d venture to say that it’s one of the most ornately painted K-Mart stores in the entire country! Believe it or not, it’s in our own backyard at Mile Marker 50.1 oceanside on US-1. YOU CAN’T MISS this oceanic wonder on the left hand side of the road as you drive thru the beautiful city of Marathon heading south. Stop and enjoy this painted splendor, it’s a good stopping point almost half way down the Keys for a photo and stretching your legs. This is...

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have A Dream!” Speech

Look what I’ve found in Key West! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famous “I Have A Dream!” speech. King lived from Jan. 15th, 1929 to April 4th, 1968 when he was assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. He gave his famous speech on August 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism in the United States. Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil...

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