My five nights in Key West, Florida, have come to an end. I haven’t been the tourist here, more the reveller. I knew coming here that that would be the case, and I was fine with it; I’ve just spent the previous 11 weeks in Mexico & Central America & I had a long-lost friend to catch up with, a long-lost friend who knows way too many Key West watering holes in which amply facilitate such an endeavour (catching up). Blurry nights & groggy mornings aside, it was actually refreshing to not read up on a location & I didn’t feel too guilty about ignoring Key West digitally. The intention pre-arrival was to switch off for a few days and without actually meaning to it seems I couldn’t have picked many better, more laid-back locations on earth in which to do so.
– Travbuddy.com commenting on Key West
I still saw quite a bit of Key West, the oh-so laid-back island at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys. It’d be hard not to given the island’s petite size – it measures a mere 6 kilometres by 3 kilometres. For such a small place, Key West packs quite a visual & historic punch; the beauty of the island, particularly its abundant wooden architecture, & its historical significance will quickly become apparent to even the most hedonistic of traveller. And there were quite a lot of those around – Key West is firmly on the tourist trail and people seem to come here with having fun as their number one priority. Here are a few pictures from the last few days. They are not particularly good ones & they won’t give much of an insight into the Key West experience but if you can look beyond that then I promise to get back to being a proper tourist in Miami where I arrive later tonight. I just have to pull myself away from Key West first.
4th of July
Southernmost Point || Almost
I sat here for a while looking at people smiling proudly having their picture taken when I came to the realisation that in the previous 4 months I have pinned a virtual travel flag in 3 of the 4 geographical corners of contiguous USA, the 48 adjoining U.S. states on the continent of North America – Seattle (northwest), San Diego (southwest) & now Key West (southeast). And I’m heading northeast, too.
Big Game Fishing
The following is according to Wikipedia (kind of):
‘In most parts of its range, the wahoo is a highly prized sport fishing catch. It reaches a good size (our one was quite small), is often available not too far from land (we were about 10 nautical miles out), and is a very good fighter on light to medium tackle (he did put up a hell of a fight, feisty little thing). It is known in sports fishing circles for the speed and strength of its first run. However, the aggressive habits and razor-sharp teeth of the wahoo can be of considerable annoyance when targeting larger game fish such as tuna or marlin (next time).’
Right, I’m off to download Jaws. I might watch it on the bus north to Miami.