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Trippin’ On The Keys Pt. 2

ahhOf course this is Ernest Hemingway.  He was only 62 when he went to join his cats from the cemetery at the Rainbow Bridge.

Mom wanted to stay longer at Hemingway’s House.  The house and grounds were fascinating and Walt Disney enjoyed showing mom around.                                                            awaltThe cats have a cat house that is a replica of Hemingway’s House.

acathouseShe had to say goodbye to Walt.  Dad was tapping his watch and saying they had other places to go on Key West before nightfall.

awaltdNotice Walt’s front paws…a true Hemingway cat.  Look real hard at Walt….think he has a stand in.

Off mom and dad went in their flame coloured Fiat.  Heading for the southernmost tip of the USA.                                                                    asouthtipThis is the best picture they could get of the buoy.  See all the tourists…mom says the tourists just kept coming.   The southernmost point was originally just marked with a sign, which was often stolen. In response to this, the city of Key West erected the now famous concrete buoy in 1983. The concrete buoy is actually an old sewer junction that was dug up in the area and found too heavy and large to move, so it was painted up to look like a buoy.  It is 81 nautical miles straight south to Cuba.  The buoy says 90 but its inaccurate.                                                          asmhzm    The Southernmost house in the USA.  Mom said all you can really see are lots of palms around the house.

They drove through the Truman Annex.  How the American government acquired this land from the people is in much debate….even today.  It is worth googling the Truman Annex my friends.  Much of the Truman Annex today is privately owned.                                                                     aa3

The houses are beautiful and most of them are Townhouses.  For mom the main attraction was the Little White House.

alwhTruman’s White House in Key West was the winter White House for President Harry Truman for 175 days during 11 visits. The house is located in the Truman Annex neighborhood of Old Town.

The Little White House was the end of their visit to Key West and it was time to take the Fiat and vacate this Key.

For the next three hours, which were uneventful….dad drove and mom sipped on her free Cokes from Coca Cola Headquarters and stared at the same scenery going back up the Keys.  You can imagine the bathroom breaks!  There were no pictures.  I think mom fell asleep but she denies it.  Finally they stopped on Marathon Key.  There are no pictures as it was as black as…mom’s…um…can’t say that….black as her camera!

Finally they piled out at the Yellowtail Inn.  This Inn was fantastic….individual cabins that had a view that looked  out on the Atlantic, except it was dark and they couldn’t see anything but what was directly in front of them.                                                                     aviewThe inside looked like this:                                            aytThey quickly grabbed some food and had a slice of Key Lime Pie….seeing as they were here on a Key.  They quickly went off to bed at 10pm to get up at 3:30am.  I  can just see mom settling down for the night.  All of a sudden there was a kkkkkfupclack, kkkkkfupckack….on went the light and they soon discovered it was the fridge talking to them.  They figured they could sleep through that so turned off the lights.  The lights came back on…by themselves….went off and then stayed on for a few minutes.  Hmmm….they fell asleep but mom says she was restless as was dad because between the lights coming on and off and the fridge making ghastly noises….it was most unsettling to say the least.   So they got up at 3am and left….both very tired but they had to get to Miami Airport by 7am.  The room looked nice but it was haunted and not by happy tourists.

Finally, they made it to the airport.  In to the rental company  went the Fiat.  Mom and dad sat like statues at their gate for hours.  Dad always likes to be real early.                                                               ajetThere’s their plane.  Delta’s headquarters is in Atlanta and that’s where mom and dad were headed, change planes and off to Seattle, change planes again and off to Vancouver, Canada.

This is my favourite part cause they visited with Nellie while in Vancouver…my mentor.                                                                       nellie2Then it was a prop plane to Prince George and home!

Would you say these two have had enough of travelling for the year?                                 appb  MOL…what a sight!                                                                             appjMOL  These are actually mom and dad’s passport photos but they looked like this when they walked in the front door after their trip.  I tell you it isn’t fair.  They looked way better when they left for vacation.  Now, mom looks like she wants to beat up dad. MOL

I don’t know why they go away, we’re all that matter and we’re so handy.                                                                         kalimedalsmThis is the loudest comforter I’ve seen in our house and mom loves it…..turn it over to the grey side mom.                                                                              Kali and Shoks

 

 

 

 

Skimming Through The Everglades

 

walkmiamiMom and dad had allotted  3 days to see all the sights in Florida.  They had spent most of their holidays living it up in Georgia.  One day had gone and so it meant our travellers had two days to see what they could.                                                                            shokszmcropMom and dad quickly got outta Miami and headed for anywhere else!  They drove past the airport a couple of times and both admired the size of the airport.   At this point dad decided to use the GPS as they  wanted to see something different.  Makes sense…go for it dad.  So he asked mom where she wanted to go.  Mom decided she wanted to go on an air boat ride through the Everglades and look at the wildlife.  Dad thought this was a cool idea so off they flitted in their rented Fiat.                                                              a4smExcitement went through the car at the unique sign.  They hadn’t seen a sign like this before.  No crocs though…except for mom…MOL  They must be getting close…

There it is!!  Gator Park.    Kinda touristy.  Off they went to act like the tourists they were.                                                                  a3zmThey both got t-shirts that had an alligator on the front and said, “Bite Me.”

There’s the air boat they rode in.

airboatWhoa, this is some kind of boat!!  Bet its fast.

a3smOh my!!  Hope there aren’t any snakes….I hate snakes!  Slimy, cold thingies.

allie2smMom is sorry for the blurriness of the picture but she got excited and didn’t take time to focus properly.  At least she’s honest about her screw ups.                                                            aaa2These are Mr. Google’s water lilies.  Mom could not get a picture close enough to show the detail in the lilies.  These water lilies only open half way…they never completely open and only grow in the deepest part of the water.

azmBig bugg…guy!  Apparently these brutes live for 30 to 50 years.

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Mom said she really liked this waterfall and after the boat ride was very relaxing.                                                                         alsm       You looked way better before the air boat ride mom and dad!  Holy cwap, this seeing different locations looks hazardous to one’s health.

Here mom have a mint julep, it will eliminate the vapours you seem to have…..very badly.                                                           aaaThere you have it.  Day two in Florida is coming to a close.  They have one more day…what will they do?  We’ll see next installment my friends.                                                         Kali and Shoks