19-DEC-2020 Saturday – 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
Start pedaling. We’re heading east on the hunt for a breakfast spot here on Stock Island.
Deluna’s cafe. Neat little outdoor cafe tucked next to Boyd’s Key West Campground on the east side of Stock Island. Great Cuban breakfast sandwiches and cafe con leche.
May as well check out the rest of Stock Island. Stock Island is 576 acres, just under 1 square mile in size. It’s Florida flat with an elevation of 3 feet. Keep pedaling.
Just some of the stuff north along College Road.
The Monroe County Sherriff’s Office and Detention Center are also along along College Road. I was too busy checking out the golf course to remember to take a picture.
Keep pedaling around to the eastside.
Stop!!!!!!! Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. It looks like an outdoor Como Park Conservatory! Pay back time for every bait store I’ve been in lately 🙂
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden’s hosts an annual fall Scarecrows in the Forest fund raiser event. The scarecrows are locally designed by individuals, creative professionals, organizations and businesses using natural and recycled materials.
Cuban palms section. This section was the most interesting.
Wax Palm (Copernicia fallaensis) is critically endangered. Only 100 mature trees remain in Cuba. The enormous, rounded leave blades are divided into 120 stiff segments. They grow to about 65 feet in height.
Petticoat Palm (Copernicia macroglossa) is most fascinating when young and view from above because its huge, stiff, bright green fan leaves have almost not stem and form a spiral growth pattern. When the leaves get old they fall over, die and cling to the trunk for decades forming the petticoat. They grow to about 30 feet in height.
Old Man Palm (Coccothrinax crinita) is now critically endangered with only 60 – 130 trees left on its native island of Cuba. Cousin It if the palm world.
Miraguamam Palm (Coccothrinax acuminata) The truck looks like burlap.
I’ve never seen Creeping Charlie featured in a botanical garden.
Cuban Chugs. Keep walking.
yellow boat – This boat arrived in Key West in 2008. The foam with plastic sheeting is had sewn. It is suspect that the boat was built inside a home.
This aluminum boat with foam outriggers arrived in 2008. The engine is a Nissan car engine.
Every boat has a story …
Time to restart pedaling. Now on to the south side of Stock Island.
Back to the Perry Hotel and Stock Island Marina. Start walking.
I’ve been a little confused why addresses and place names are Key West and I’m on Stock Island.
Key West is an island in the Straits of Florida, within the U.S. state of Florida. Together with all or parts of the separate islands of Dredgers Key, Fleming Key, Sunset Key, and the northern part of Stock Island, it constitutes the City of Key West.
Stock Island is a census-designated place (CDP) & Unincorporated community on an island of the same name in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Key West Zip Code 33040.
Drolleries and Yuks
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