Despite a windy, overcast day, we hopped on our bicycles and set out for a tour of Pigeon Key. The tour is part of the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. Becky, Carlton, and their friend Chris rode their bikes from Sombrero Dockside marina (where their boats are docked) to Harbour Cay Club to join us. The 5 of us rode about a mile on the bike path next to Highway 1 to the entrance to the bike path/walkway to Pigeon Kay. The path was originally a railroad bridge, turned into a highway bridge with a swing span that opened and closed as required for boat/vehicle traffic. When a new “higher” bridge was built so that large ships could pass under it, the old highway swing span was removed, and the path ends at Pigeon Key.
Our last full day in Key West so we had to visit the famous tourist sites. Our first stop was at the Southern most point in the continental United States (90 miles from Cuba). Next was the lighthouse and museum. And finally Ernest Hemingway’s home. He lived here for 11 years and wrote some of his most famous novels. After all of the tourist attractions we were really hungry and thirsty so we walked a long way down to the docks for lunch at “On the Half Shell”. The oysters rockefeller were some of the best we’ve ever had. After lunch we walked along the docks to Schooners for an “umbrella” drink, and then down to Mallory Square for the side show acts, vendors, and sunset.
Our first full day in Key West! We can hardly believe that we are actually here on Dream Catcher! About 11:00 we were joined by Chris and Bruce who got a ride from the naval air station marina at Boca Chica where Bade Boomer is docked for a few days. It’s great to see them again! We walked downtown to the Rum Bar and Speakeasy Inn where their friends from home Becky and Dave are staying for a 2 week vacation. We each had a rum “umbrella” drink and then walked to the Conch Republic Seafood restaurant for an outdoor lunch by the docks. We had barely finished lunch when the sky turned black and the downpour began. When the weather turned to a light rain we walked and shopped our way around the downtown area.
A fun surprise this morning was to find fellow loopers N-2-wishin and Ocean Breeze at the Naples City Dock. We haven’t seen them since Fairhope, Alabama. We discussed our plans for the Keys and hope to see them further south.