17 DEC-2020 Thursday Stock Island Marina, Stock Island FL (0 nautical miles 0 statute miles)
24°33’54.4″N 81°44’16.7″W Stock Island Marina, Stock Island FL
Elevation: Sea Level
States (1): Florida
Along the Way
The Key West charter fishing boats had filled out at were back at the dock and cleaning fish. Heads and tails were tossed into the water.
Heads or tails? Tarpons -vs- Pelicans were vying for a free lunch.
One winner is the brown pelican in the center of the below pictures. Make sure you zoom in to look at him.
Stepping through town
Any restaurant worth it’s street address has one on its menu and you can even buy a Key lime slice at a gas station in this town. The Lime Pie Company makes it on several versions of ‘Best Key Lime Pie in Key West’ lists. We had to try it. To our surprise it only comes chocolate dipped!
Pie hole filled, we continued on stepping through town. ‘Stepping’ is Dale’s and my term for walking a block or two in one direction then turning and walking a block or two in another direction.
Key West became the wealthiest city per capita in the United States in the 1830s. It made its riches from wrecking and salvaging ships that crashed on the reefs and shallow waters offshore. Locals made their riches auctioning off or reselling the valuable cargo. Local homes contained an unusually high concentration of fine furniture and chandeliers.
Haint (pronounced “haunt”) blue is a collection of pale shades of blue-green that are traditionally used to paint porch ceilings in the southern United States. Gullah folklore held that ghosts, known as “haints” in the Creole dialect, could not cross water, and because blue resembles water, ceilings were painted this color to repel evil spirits.
Key West is the county seat of Monroe County, which includes all of the Florida Keys and parts of the Everglades. Monroe County was created in 1823. It’s courthouse was completed in 1890.
Harry S. Truman’s little white house in Key West became the winter White House for President Truman after his doctor, Wallace Graham, ordered a warm vacation. President Truman made 11 visits to Key West, staying a total of 175 days during his presidency.
Blue Heaven restaurant is located in the funky, historic district’s Bahama Village. This is our favorite find so far.
Blue Heaven restaurant has unique features and a unique history. It started as a small restaurant in 1992 and has slowly expanded to what it is now. It was a slow day. Devon, our bartender, took us on tour to make sure we didn’t miss some of the unique components.
Dance hall, a bordello and a playhouse. You can still peek through the slots in the doors. (make sure the one in the restroom in locked when you go in.) He also had us stand on the balcony so we could toss obesities to the passers below. (We didn’t)
Through the years the property has hosted cock fighting, gambling and Friday night boxing matches refereed by Ernest Hemingway.
The tree has grown around the old safe.
Chicken friendly. The hen has eight chicks under her skirt. She used to have ten but the restaurant is also cat friendly.
Fowl work by Jimm Sherrington (a.k.a. J.W. Sherrington), a local resident.
We are going to have to come back here and eat. Journalist Charles Kuralt said the scallop sauce “would make cardboard taste good.” Besides, they are also on several versions of ‘Best Key Lime Pie in Key West’ lists.
Duval Street Burn Out
Where it all ends
U.S. Route 1 or U.S. Highway 1 (US 1) ends at the corner of Flemming and Whitehead in Key West. It runs 2,369 miles from Key West, Florida north to Fort Kent, Maine, at the Canadian border, making it the longest north–south road in the United States.
Drolleries and Yuks
Who is Santa’s favorite singer?
– Elf-is Presley!