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That’s No BULL!

Where can you find the United States southernmost bull riding machine? Key West of course! It’s truly one of the last things I’d ever think of finding way down here! I’ve seen many cowboys, cowgirls and city slickers alike try their hand at taming this headless mount. In all honesty, the operators seem to like having the female persuasion upon the rawhide teasing the crowd as he slowly turns the cowgirl doing her best Debra Winger ‘Urban Cowboy’ impression as the frenzy of males patrons cheer louder and louder. The bull...

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It’s How Many Miles Away?

Normally these distance mile marker posts are reserved for the center of town or at least a high traffic tourist area like Duval Street here in Key West. This is the exception to the rule, in fact, I’ve NEVER seen one of these on a beach before… have you? There are at least two more of these in town, both of which are in the Harbor Walk area of town… unlike this one stuck on a beach. Let’s see, it shows: Honolulu 4,788 miles, Miami 132 miles, Dry Tortugas 70 miles, London 4,565 miles, Nassau 281 miles, New Orleans 630 miles, San Francisco 2,550 miles… and the...

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London Phone Booth In Key West

Welcome to the ONLY Key West London phone booth! (that I know of) Not exactly what you’d call a tourist attraction since it sits in someones front yard. This is the way I look at it, they wouldn’t have put in their front yard and removed the fence in front of it if they didn’t want anyone to know about it! I will on the other hand not give you their exact address but will lead you right there with no problems. Come to think about it, the children growing up today don’t even know what a house phone is much less a phone booth! Amazing isn’t it, anyways… You...

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The Key’s 9-11 Memorial Flagpole

The Florida Keys 9-11 Memorial Flagpole is a sad reminder of that fateful day nearly fourteen years ago in New York City. I’d venture to say that most Florida Keys residents don’t know about this or even where to find it. The bronze plaque at its base reads: “THIS FLAGPOLE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001”. This memorial was dedicated on December 22, 2001 only 3 months and 11 days after that tragic day in our nations history. Now on to where you can find this little seen hidden memorial, it’s located...

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Key West’s See-Through Walls

I love it! I saw this leaving town while cutting through a parking lot and swore I’d come back and take a photo. Well, over 1 year later I finally took it! Seen by few people, this is one you’ll have to drive around the back of a building to find. Up close these painting are too cool as an image of what it may look like if you were able to see through the building’s walls. I went in the morning to avoid having parked cars obstructing my view. You can find these see-through wall painting at the Conch Town Liquor & Lounge store on the corner of Peacock Street...

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Coco Plum Recreational Trail

Welcome to the Coco Plum Recreational & Bicycle Trail. Even though it’s called a Bicycle Trail, by car it will only take you about 10 minutes total to admire it all. This is a two-mile trek well worth taking on a bike or in a car I promise you! You’ll find two things in particular on this two-mile adventure. First is what I like to call ‘Turtle Beach’ which is a city park that during certain times a year turtles come up on shore in mass quantities. Second is just a tad further down at the roads-end where you’ll see one of the most beautiful oceanfront park bench...

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Lighthouse Cistern

Since everyone knows what a lighthouse is, we’ll focus on a cistern. So what’s a cistern? A cistern is a waterproof receptacle for holding liquids, usually water. Cisterns can be above or below ground and were commonly used in Key West to capture and store rain water. Early on this water was used for many purposes including drinking, cooking, irrigation and washing. You have to remember that an unending flow of fresh water was not available to Key West until 1912. This particular unique looking brick and cement cistern held approximately 6,000 gallons of rain water...

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Got Fangs?

Got Fangs? As taken from the TV commercial years ago Got Milk? This is one vacation oddity that you don’t want to need! Miami-Dade County emcompasses the top of the Keys all the way to Mile Marker 112.8 where it then becomes Monroe County. The ONLY good thing about this is that you now know that there is such a thing as a Venom Response Unit! If you’re a tad bit lost, (which I hope you’re not) we’re talking about the many types of snakes found in the Florida Keys. You can find the Miami-Dade Venom Response Unit vehicle by simply being on the lookout! P.S. – If...

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Beach Bound Mermaid

You’ve heard of swimming with dolphins for $75, here you can swim with a mermaid… FREE! At this beach you’re not alone even if you’re the first one in the water. Sitting upon a rock only 15′ from shore is a cement casting of a mythical mermaid awaiting your entry into her domain. While in the water you can snuggle with the Daryl Hannah look-a-like from the movie ‘Splash’ for that souvenir photo. I’ve reported on her twin sister Mermaid Of The Sea in a prior blog before ever finding this beach shore beauty. You can find this second half...

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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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