Last day in Siesta Key, Christmas lights (12.9)

The morning started with a drive up to Tampa and back.  I relaxed in the condo in the afternoon, catching up on some blog entries and just enjoying taking it easy.

Driving along Midnight Pass road on the night we arrived revealed Christmas lights hung on most of the condo buildings.  I decided to walk South along the road once it was dark to take some pictures.

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I stopped in Captain Curt’s for beer and to talk to locals.  The bartender had moved to Siesta Key over ten years ago.  We talked about real estate and what it is like to live around there.

I returned to the condo and relaxed on the couch with the DS and TV for the rest of the evening.

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Our view in the morning:

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Julie and I walked the beach from our condo South to the condos we had stayed in during past visits.

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We walked onto Midnight Pass Blvd from the beach and visited the shops before having lunch at Capt Curt’s. 🙂

Afterwards, we walked back to the condo.  Julie went down to the beach for a few hours.  We relaxed and watched TV together in the evening.

Travel day, Key West to Siesta Key (12.7)

Our next stop was Siesta Key.  We left Key West about 9:30am.  Our first stop was the Marathon SuperCharger.  Rather than sit there for a long time to get a max charge, I found a destination charger at a restaurant on Key Largo.  We charged for about an hour and then head towards Key Largo.

The destination charger is located at Senor Frijoles restaurant.  We had some great chips and salsa and fajitas while adding another 25 miles of charge to the car.

Julie had been fighting a cold for most of our time in Florida, so she spent the drive resting / sleeping except for the stops.  We took 41 across Southern Florida through the Everglades.  Last year we had driven I-75 across Southern Florida so this provided a contrast.

We stopped at a rest stop in the Everglades SouthEast of Naples.  There were over a dozen alligators in the ditch / waterway next to the rest stop.  We were able to stand on a deck overlooking the area and get some pictures.

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We stopped at the Fort Myers SuperCharger to get a 90% charge before completing the trip to Siesta Key.  There is a Great Clips near the SuperCharger so I used the time to get a haircut.

Julie and I stopped at the store on the way to pick up food for the condo so we didn’t need to eat out every meal.   We finally arrived about 9pm.  After Julie went to sleep, I relaxed a bit on the couch.  We were on the 9th floor of our building.  I attempted to get a picture of the moonlight over the waves outside of the window.  A bit nervous about dropping my phone so not a great pic. 🙂

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I enjoyed the bottle of mead Julie had purchased for me in Savannah and called it a night.

Key West, beach, Southernmost point, Mallory Square, Fire dancer (12.6)

Roosters do not crow at sunrise.   Instead, they start crowing about 3am and shut up about noon.  Good luck sleeping in on Key West.

Julie wanted to check out the beach.  I enjoy being in the water and such, but I’m not a big fan of sitting on the beach.  I dropped Julie off at Smathers Becah and headed back to the condo to relax a bit.  About two hours later, I picked Julie up to hear that the beach had been dirty and not very pleasant.

After a bit of time at the condo, we went out walking to see more sights.  It was great to be wearing shorts again while walking around town.  We headed South towards the Southernmost Point (for the public.  Whitehead Spit is the true Southernmost Point but it’s on the Naval Base).  On the way, we saw a lizard on the fence.

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Near the SouthernMost Point is another historical marker.

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We arrived at the SouthernMost Point to find a line of tourists waiting to take pictures.  The sun’s position made it difficult to get good pictures, but we grabbed a few.

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We turned around to walk North along Whitehead street.  Our next stop was the Hemingway house.  Neither of us wanted to pay the fee to enter the house, so we took a few pictures of the outside and grounds.

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We then visited more places along Duval Street and cooled off in the condo again for a while before going out for dinner.

Mallory Square has a sunset celebration each evening.  We left the condo at 4:30 so we could walk to Mallory Square before sunset and be there for the celebration.

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Mallory Square has some street performers and small food stands.  I found a mermaid who offered to share her rock with me.

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One of the Carnival cruise ships was docked just off of Mallory Square.  I took some pictures but they must have been using Julie’s phone as I don’t have any now.  Most of the people in the Square were tourists from the cruise ship.   The restrooms at the entrance to the Square have a plaque showing that they were originally the cistern for Key West.  A pipeline was built around WW2 time to bring fresh water from the Florida mainland.

The sky was cloudy so we were not able to see the sunset sink below the water on the horizon, but we did manage to get some pictures.

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We left Mallory Square looking for a place to eat.  We stopped to try some of the famous Key Lime Pie.  The staff there recommended an Italian restaurant down the street.  Dinner there was excellent!  I had the lasagna and Julie had a pasta chicken dish.  I managed to pick up a Christmas gift near by and then we left to walk to the mile marker 0 sign.  On the way, we passed the Truman White House.  The picture didn’t turn out very well.

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After 12,000 miles of driving, I finally made it to the end of the road.  🙂

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We returned to the condo to relax for the rest of the evening.  About 11pm, we heard noise from the parking lot and went out onto the balcony to check it out.  A group of guys were standing around a SUV with music playing.  A woman was prepping some props for a fire dance performance.  We sat on the balcony and watched part of the show.

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I fell asleep on the couch but the friendly rooster woke me at 5am so I could head up to bed. 🙂

Key West, Sloppy Joe’s (12.5)

Julie and I left Key Largo and started the drive on Route 1 West across the Florida Keys.  We stopped in Marathon to charge at the only Tesla SuperCharger on the keys.  This SuperCharger is located in the parking lot of the Marathon airport.  We walked across the lot to the airport building to use the restrooms.  Julie saw a snake and we saw information regarding the screwfly.  Fun reading.

We arrived at the rental property office just after 2pm.  We could not enter our unit until 3pm, so we parking behind the condo and walked North along Duval St.We had lunch at Sloppy Joe’s, walked the stores and then headed back to the office and our condo.

After resting a bit, we went back out for dinner and drinks.  At the restaurant, Julie had a man sitting behind her that was wearing red boots, white wings, and what looked like a small piece of red saran wrap around his genitals.  She got the full view when he walked by on his way out.   Our server was fantastic.  I had a drink with a piece of sugar cane in it.

While out walking, we saw many free roosters about the island.  We ended the night with some Archer.

 

Florida, Key Largo (12.4)

Julie and I spent some time in the morning visiting with Kerry before starting our trip to the Florida Keys.  Today was a travel day without many pictures.

Again, I encountered toll roads that only accept the automated state pass system or cash.  I did not have enough cash on me for one of the tolls.  I started to search out my checkbook when the woman at the booth told me to go ahead.   I made a point to go to another ATM to get more cash for future tolls.  Seems a bit ridiculous that you can’t use credit cards.

Julie grabbed a picture of me at one of the SuperChargers.

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We stopped for the night on Key Largo.  I had contact with a recruiter a few days ago and said I would get an updated resume over to him before Monday, so I needed a bit of time for that.  Tomorrow we will travel to Key West where we plan to relax for a few days and enjoy the warmth, sunshine, and some tasty beverages. 🙂

Miles ~ 11,750

Savannah and family (12.3)

Julie and I decided to see more of Savannah in the daylight before leaving for Florida.  We checked out of the hotel and drove to a parking spot near Forsyth Park.  We ate a bit and then walked to Forsyth Park.

Forsyth Park is one of the most beautiful parks I have visited!  We walked through the original park and then into the annex.  Vendors had setup tents selling homemade foods and crafts.  We saw the flavored pecan vendor and bought additional flavors.

Julie and I picked a spot in the grass to sit and relax for a while.  We sat in the sun, people-watching and enjoying the weather.  I didn’t get any pictures, but there were two large grass fields next to all of the trees and walkways.  Quite a nice place.

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When we left Savannah, Julie and I drove to our cousin Kerry’s home just South of Jacksonville, Florida.

After seeing her beautiful home, Kerry was anxious to see the Tesla.  We went out and Kerry took a test drive.  Pretty sure there will be a Tesla in her future. 🙂

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Kerry and her boyfriend, Ryan, cooked dinner for us.  Ribs, fettuccine alfredo, salad, and corn. 🙂  We shared the wine from the Biltmore and spent the evening catching up.