Of 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. The cats have a cat house that is a replica of Hemingway’s House.
She had to say goodbye to Walt. Dad was tapping his watch and saying they had other places to go on Key West before nightfall.
Notice 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. This 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. 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.
The houses are beautiful and most of them are Townhouses. For mom the main attraction was the Little White House.
Truman’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. The inside looked like this: They 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. There’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. Then it was a prop plane to Prince George and home!
Would you say these two have had enough of travelling for the year? MOL…what a sight! MOL 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. This is the loudest comforter I’ve seen in our house and mom loves it…..turn it over to the grey side mom.