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2009 Key West Recap . . .

May 15, 2009

Cheeseburger in Paradise…actually it was a Caribbean Club Chicken Sandwich…

We pulled out of the RV park in Homestead, FL and headed down to Key West about 11:30 am.

This is later than we had thought to leave, but we were waiting for the mail to come at the park office.

Our daughter Brandi had send us a Priority Mail letter on Monday containing a replacement debit card. One of  the two we normally use has lost its magnetic strip and will no longer scan.

It should have been here Wednesday or Thursday, at the latest.  But it still hasn’t shown up.  Since we’ll be passing  back thru Homestead on our way back north, the RV park is going to hold it for us, assuming it ever shows up.

We’ll see.

We arrived here in Key West about 2:3opm and have a waterfront site here at Geiger Key RV Park. We’re about 10 miles from Key West proper.

Here’s a couple of pics of what we see from our site.  Nice!!!

Site View 1

Site View 2

We actually about 5 ft from the water’s edge.

After we had gotten things set up, we headed into Key West to grab a late lunch/early supper.

We decided to try Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Cafe in downtown Key West. We’d eaten at his sister’s place in Gulf Shores, AL called Lulu’s at Homeport, so we had to try Jimmy’s too.

We were surprised how small the place really is.

Margaritaville Sign

Jan had the Caribbean Club Chicken Sandwich and I had the Caribbean Chicken Salad. We both really liked what we had.

Hopefully we’ll have a chance to go back.


Tomorrow some friends of ours are coming down with their RV from West Palm Beach and will join us for a few days.

We really look forward to seeing Charlee again. It’s been a long time.

May 16, 2009

Old Friends and Good Times…

Our friends showed up about 4:30pm after driving down from West Palm Beach with 5th wheel trailer.  They’re parked about 3 spaces down from us here at the RV park.

As soon as they got settled in, we headed the 10 miles down the road to Key West and sunset on the historic Mallory Square.

Mallory Square

Mallory Square 1

Mallory Square 2

Sunset Dinner Cruise

From where we were on the pier we couldn’t see the sun set directly, but it was beautiful, none the less.

Mallory Square Sunset

After watching the sunset we walked across the street to the world-famous Hogsbreath Saloon. The food was really good and the drinks were great.

Jan had Chicken Tenders and Jalapeno Poppers appetizers, and I had the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. But the drinks were a whole ‘nuther story.

Jan had the GoomBaySmash, which is pineapple juice and coconut milk mixed with Bacardi Coco Rum. It wasn’t long until she feeling very, very good.

And I think my Hogarita was made with rocket fuel. The few times I order a mixed drink I normally complain about the fact that there seems to be little or no alcohol in it.

A couple of weeks ago Jan and I were eating a Cuban restaurant in Downtown Disney, a commercial shopping/restaurant area that’s not actually part of the Disney theme parks.  Since I had never had one,  I decided to order a Mojito, a drink made with rum, sugar, lime juice, soda, and mint leaves.

And I would swear that this drink had absolutely NO alcohol in it whatsoever.  I mean it was sugar/lime/mint favored, but I might as well have been drinking ice tea, and it would have been a lot cheaper, too.

However I think my Hogarita had my drink’s alcohol in it and two or three other people’s drinks.  I certainly got my money’s worth.

And I’ll just say that I’m glad I wasn’t driving us home.

May 17, 2009

Sponge Bob and Tarpon Frenzies…

After eating a great breakfast at the Geiger Key Marina Smokehouse Restaurant here at the RV park, we headed back down to Key West with our friends to spend some more time exploring.

The first thing we noticed was that there was a new addition to the scenery. Since we left last night, a Disney Cruise ship had docked right on the square.

Disney Magic Cruise Ship

After finding a place to park, we wandered some of the many gift shops before taking a tour of Key West on the Old Time Trolley.  It’s a 90 minute ride going past all of the major sites in Key West.  Our tour guide, Tim, was excellent and really kept us laughing.

We also came across what seems to be the original ‘Sponge Bob’, although his pants weren’t square.

Sponge Bob

After wandering thru more gift shops, we ate a late lunch at Alonzo’s Oyster Bar, right on the water at the Key West Marina. Once again the food was good and the scenery was great!

Right across the dock from us, a fishing boat had come in and was cleaning some of their catch, throwing the waste overboard.

This attracted a lot of gulls, and some very large tarpon, all of them fighting over the feast.

Gull Frenzy

Some of the tarpon seemed to be at least 6ft in length.

Tarpon Frenzy

But now it was time for us to head back to the RV park since our friends planned on heading back up to West Palm Beach, about 220 miles north.

We had a great time visiting together and will see them again in a few days when we stop over in West Palm on our way up north.

Thought For The Day:

If you set impossible goals, you’ll never be disappointed when you fail.