Living Locolly

Lunch in Key Largo......pelican central

Just felt like taking a casual stroll around town

Even with a simple home the landscaping is amazing

I want this on the doorstep of my next place

Just another gorgeous guesthouse

We were between a Hard Rock and a hard place - where to go next?

I think this is a sign...........we must go to Cuba next. Keep seeing it.

Something to consider……….

 Next time you’re watching PanAm the series…..

……think of Key West

Ahhh this is the real deal. Now where's my margarita?

This sums up the Key West attitude

What a wonderful world it would be.  The drinking age would be lowered and it would be 5:00 o’clock everywhere.  Did you know that Warren Buffet is Jimmy Buffet’s uncle?  It’s true. 

Love this statue. Maybe they dedicated it to me.

Original artwork from street festival

 

 

Mile “0” – Key West

Here is what we woke up to for 3 mornings.  The best spot at our not so desolate campsite.

Key West is an island at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys and home to the southernmost point in the Continental United States.  The island is about 90 miles (140 km) from Cuba.

I think the rules have changed since then – but hang in there!

Here are some photos taken yesterday around the city.

Typical Gulf/Caribbean style housing.

Conch, Coconut Gulf Shrimp & a Key Lime Margaritas for lunch at Willie T’s. People sure know how to throw their money around.

Vancouver get with the program – this is so much better than coffee.

Only here – not even in Mexico do they serve Tequila soup.

Roosters rule the roost here – they’re literally everywhere.

I thought riding without helmets is illegal.

Duval St. is Key West’s equivalent to Boubon St. in New Orleans.

How much are the doggy’s in the window?  They got startled with JiaJia barked at them.

You are barking up the wrong tree here fella!

We are all equally cool in this town.

Until later……………………..gotta go have lunch (maybe a conch salad?) and another margarita.  This time at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville – the gold standard for margarita’s but i’ll let you know in tomorrow’s post.

Photos: d. king

Hollywood DreamBoats

There we were having a nice breakfast on the terrace and watching the parade go by. Visiting with my cousin who lives right in between an inner coastal waterway and the ocean in Hollywood, Fla.  Miles of boardwalk with great restaurants and all kinds of fun shops.

Sorry buddy but you’re just not big enough.

The little 30 ft. attachment is so cute

Hello 100 ft.+ lover - I think we could live together. Who says size doesn't matter?

Everyone loves a parade - this is the life!

Found the white trash sister to the one from my earlier post on Ft. Lauderdale beach. Maybe not so rare afterall.

 

See Ya Later…….

Our first night camping in a somewhat desolate campground in the Everglades.  Good thing we kept JiaJia on a short leash.

This is what we saw upon awakening – looked to be about 10 ft. long

 I guess with about two million alligators living in the Florida Everglades the chances of seeing at least one are pretty high.  Did you know that Florida is the only place in the world where both alligators and crocodiles co-habit in the wild.

Tried to take a photo of a baby gator but just as I was about to snap there was a loud splash.  The mama made her presence known and I made mine disappear in a flash so sorry; no photo.  Damn…it would have been so good too.

Still want to go swimming?

Heron & Gator – still can’t believe the amount of wildlife we’ve seen here

After we left the campsite on route to Miami we saw a big turtle crossing the highway and shortly after a whole bunch of buzzards tearing apart what looked to be a very large dead python. I’ll spare you those photos.

This is a rarely seen land creature – almost extinct.

What do you get when you cross a hummer and a stretch limo?  One ugly motherhummer!

Photos: d. king

 

MORNING OWL

Woke up real early this morning so decided to take a walk around the block in my leopard print pajamas.  Nobody knows me here but I did make these two new friends:

Until now the only Burrowing Owl I was familiar with was the winery in the Okanagan, British Columbia (which by the way is very good)….….but the real thing does exist and it is a lovely sight to behold.  They’re a tiny but long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. They nest and roost in burrows – hence the name.

The Burrowing Owl is currently on British Columbia’s Red List meaning that as of 2006 they are Endangered.  They’re endangered for a variety of reasons (too numerous to mention here) but for starters the reproduction rate of Burrowing Owls is limited by the availability of suitable habitat. The last breeding record for Burrowing Owls in BC was in 1970.

The outlook for Burrowing Owls in British Columbia is reasonably good. Although habitat loss continues, many other impacts have been minimized, thanks in part to public awareness and support.  To become more aware please refer to this link:

http://www.naturecanada.ca/endangered_know_our_species_burrowingowl

 p.s.  The sun was starting to rise as I walked back just in time to see a man wearing a bathrobe walk out to get his morning paper – didn’t feel too bad wearing p.j’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SANIBEL ISLAND

Sanibel Island, Florida is Frommer’s Top Tourist Destination

Bowman Beach – the little dot is JiaJia

 Yesterday we went to Sanibel Island which is not too far from my uncle’s house.  What a gorgeous stretch of beach!  They have 250 different kinds of shells so naturally I picked some since I collect hard to find shells. We took JiaJia for his birthday to the Island Cow restaurant where he had the child’s portion cheeseburger (since he’s under 10) with the cheese on the side.  Then we let him run wild on the beach.  Every now and again he manages to break loose from his leash.  See photos.

 Arther Frommer (from Frommer’s series of travel guide books) ranked Sanibel Island, Florida as his #1 favorite travel destination.  Hard to believe but here’s what ranked second and third:

 #2 is Bali, Indonesia

#3 is Paris, France

 This is what he wrote in his 2011 travel guide:

 Off the west coast of the Sunshine State, a few miles from Ft. Myers, is an idyllic haven of white-sand beaches, condos where seafront apartments are available for weekly rentals, excellent restaurants, good shopping – and the most important, the Ding Darling Nature Preserve, visited by thousands of birds of every species, who bask in the sun after diving for fish, and are one of the great natural sights of wildlife in America.

He never mentioned the traffic and the other kind of wildlife called “snowbirds”.

  On our way

After our birthday lunch

Run, run……..run to work off lunch

 Photos: d. king

 

I LOVE ZUMBA……so sexy!

Who is Zumba? you ask.  Zumba is my latest, sexiest new experience.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Zumba is a Latin dance-inspired fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia during the 1990‘s.  Zumba‘s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included.

Went with Mocita (my uncle’s wife) who is from Bolivia and Elizabeth who’s from Columbia.  Met a couple of women from Peru & Puerto Rico at the club – those latinas can sure teach us gringas a thing or two about dance moves .  The class was taught by Mary, a Columbiana in her 30’s (Elizabeth’s daughter) who managed some Shakira like moves that I tried to keep up with.  I was a natural sweating. Well that was how my morning started – how about you?

A few photos below.  The locals were complaining about the weather.

Me & Mo at Ft. Myers Marina.

At home in Cape Coral, Fla.

And you ask "why are there so many snowbirds here?"

At least the neighbors are not too close (in proximity).