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Key WestI met Maria at the Ft. Lauderdale airport on March 2nd after dropping most of the camping equipment in a storage locker in Ft. Lauderdale. From there, we spent a night in Florida City, a good starting point for the 120 mile drive out Rt. 1 to Key West.
We had so many adventures with photos that I have divided them up for easier viewing. Below are photos of the drive out to Key West. Take a look at them, then use the links below to see more of our adventures: Duval Street is the main street for entertainment in Key West. For photos on Duval Street, click here Mallory Square in Key West is famous for sunsets and entertainers. For photos of Mallory Square, click here Ernest Hemingway made Key West his home for many years. For photos of Hemingway's home, click here One of the interesting stops in Key West is the cemetery where all the gravesites are above ground. For photos of the Key West Cemetery, click here In a major highlight of the trip, we took a high speed catamaran, the Yankee Freedom II, out 67 miles west of Key West to the Dry Tortugas, a National Park. We're sure glad we did! For photos of this trip, click here
Photos of drive out to Key West: Maria lounging by the pool at the motel in Florida City. A nice Florida State park for camping is the John Pennakamp Coral Reef Park on the first group of Keys, Key Largo. But book it way in advance during tourist season! More info on the Pennekamp web site here We stopped on the Marathon Keys after driving the Islamorada Keys. My cousin John has a place here, but I was not able to reach him in time for a visit. On Marathon, we stopped for a short break to walk around a bit. On the Lower Keys, one passes over the famous seven mile bridge. The old bridge can be seen off to the right in the photo. The whole 120 mile trip can be easily made in three hours with stops assuming no traffic jams! At last, Key West. The southernmost point in the continental USA is in Key West. Here we are about 90 mile from Havana, Cuba; closer than Miami! We found Rt. 1, mile marker 0 on our bicycles a few days later. This famous spot is seen on many car bumbers for those who have made the drive out to Key West. The "Little White House" has been used by U.S. Presidents and others from Truman on. A brown pelican suns itself on the dock. The following are "One Square Inch" ™ photos taken in Key West: Return to previous page