23-JAN-2021 Saturday – John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo FL (0 nautical miles 0 statute miles)
Elevation: Sea Level
States (1): Florida
There are more boats in the marina today, Saturday.
Along the Way
We watched “Key Largo” with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall on Amazon Prime last night to ready us for today’s adventure.
Dale’s and my bike are really easy to pick out. They are the only non-folding bikes and have the most rust. (We really like our bikes too. They are great riding.)
Heading north (east) again today to find the Caribbean Club, a.k.a. the Key Largo Hotel from the movie “Key Largo”. It’s really amusing to me that the locals call going to Miami ‘going’ north and heading to Key West ‘going south’. To me it is east or west respectively. Why else would they call it Key West?
The north side the cut must be more desirable. Their street is a boulevard parkway. The rich ‘cut’ neighbors don’t want to look at their land side neighbors.
Small house for sale just off Blackwater Sound
Nice boat. Two 527 motors.
Found it! The Caribbean Club.
While the property is still there, very little of the “Key Largo Hotel” is remaining, if any. It was ravaged by a suspicious fire in 1955 that destroyed the hotel and kitchen. A second fire in 1971 was arson intended to conceal a burglary.
I have three swimsuits. Dale only has one and needs another. I can never get him to stop in a store and buy one.
Back at the marina
“Key Largo” was the fourth and final film pairing of staring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, directed by John Huston. While most of the film was shot in Los Angeles, some exterior shots were filmed at the Caribbean Club at Mile Marker 105 on US 1.
The movie was filmed in only 78 days, virtually all on the Warner Bros. lot, except for a few shots in Florida used for the opening scenes. The character of Johnny Rocco, played by Edward G. Robinson, was modeled on Al Capone, who retired to Florida and died there of complications due to advanced syphilis a year before this film was produced.