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Day One - Key West

Or "Bone Island." (Apparently when the Spanish first got to Key West, all there was on the entire two square miles of island were human bones -- no one knows why.)

This place ROCKS.

We took the trolley tour and got off at the Hemingway House. How cool is this place? Not only is it a very nice little home (seriously, it looks "mansion-y" from the outside, but inside there's just a few rooms, all laid out nicely, with two bedrooms upstairs and some of the first indoor plumbing on the island, as well as the only basement in the Florida Keys (safe at 18 feet above sea level). And then, of course, there are CATS. All of the Hemingway six-toed cats are descendants of Snowball, the polydachtyl that Hemingway gave his sons. They said there are usually around 40 cats living on the property, and they are all friendly, comfortable cats who will jump in your lap when you sit on a bench, or just enjoy pettin's. IT IS AWESOME. I took many pictures. (Mostly of cats. And pictures of cats. Photos to be uploaded later.)

Then we finished the tour, showing us the highlights of the island, and it's a history-packed two x four miles (two up, four across -- during WWII the military doubled the size of the island, and only stopped when the EPA stepped into save the reef), which I want to come back to and examine more thoroughly. There is a lot of interesting stuff to see here.

I have actually been making an effort to eat better, although I cannot pass on Carnival's Warm Melting Chocolate Cake – I ate the salmon with steamed veggies for last night for dinner, then today had yogurt and blueberries for breakfast, shared conch fritters with Mom for lunch, but DID have to try a slice of Key Lime pie frozen on a stick dipped in chocolate for desert at lunch, simply because I am in Key West and NEED to try their Key Lime pie. Frozen. In chocolate. OMG, foodgasm. One of the best things I've ever had in my mouth.
Plus, a really good rum drink.

Tomorrow: Day at sea. I have about 110 minutes of Internets time, so I have to use it sparingly.

I can't figure out Mom's Kindle. We downloaded a couple of books for her while logged on to her wireless at home, but they seem to have disappeared now we're at sea, and it's apparently difficult to log on a device onto the onboard wireless (I had no trouble with the computer). So it may not have actual wireless (thanks, honey), because it was the cheapest one, but it SHOULD have WiFi, which it did at home. And the books which were downloaded should not have vanished.

But I did accomplish this:


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Nov. 27th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)

I never got to Key West. I always wanted to go, but could never raise the money.

Have heard all about Hemingway House and his cats, of course. We had great arguments over him in lit class. :D
Dec. 3rd, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed Key West. I think I would have been happy if the cruise ended there!
Dec. 3rd, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
One of my friends was going to take me on a motorcycle trip down to Key West, but that fell through.

Ah, well. Someday.
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Cheers for your NaNo confirmation!
Nov. 27th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
Hemingway cats! Kawaii!

Yay for the NaNoWriMo win!

Key lime pie in chocolate? oh my god...
Dec. 3rd, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yep, one of the best things EVER TASTED. And it looks like everyone sells it -- I saw it being sold by street vendors, the real Key West Key Lime Pie Man, and at the saloon where we ate; NOM. NOM TASTIC. A shame it really isn't very portable... (boo)
Nov. 27th, 2012 05:14 am (UTC)

also very jealous of trip
Nov. 27th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
I visited Key West when I was 19 in the summer of 2001. It's a beautiful place. I know's been along time but you didn't happen to see an large white and orange long hair tabby who was mentioned as never leaving a bedroom ? He probably has since passed away, but he was famous as being one of few cats who was inside only, and loved that bedroom, so he was photographed alot. I also rememeber the urinal that Hemingway bought and made into a water feature for his cats. I also remeber they were going towards breeding more siamese features in the polydachtyl cats. Did you visit the museum about the famous ship treasure that was discovered near by ? I loved that museum, and I even bougth afinger length gold bar replica. With all our resholving of our household, it's the one sovenir I am still attached too from buying it in Key West. The water thoguh clear, was cold, and the beach sand in the clear water felt muddy to me.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
I wish we had had the time to go to the shipwreck museum! We didn't have enough hours in any of the ports, really; we sailed out of Key West by 3 pm, and believe me, you don't want to be late to the ship!
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