Sunday, August 15, 2004

Florida Day 12

Today was a long day of a lot of walking. After eating the continental breakfast at the hotel, we started walking down Duval Street. We made a stop at The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. Sharon and Jack enjoyed walking among hundreds of living butterflies.

The next stop was the southernmost point in the continental United States for a few pictures. From here, we started back up Whitehead Street towards the Lighthouse and the Hemingway House through the Bahama Village. We did a guided tour of the Hemingway House. Although my sister Lee Ann was less than positive about her experience visiting the Hemingway House, Sharon and I enjoyed it. The guide did a good job of talking about the history of the house and the life of Hemingway.

We walked up Whitehead and back over to Duval Street. We stopped and had lunch at Sloppy Joe's. This is the namesake of the bar that Hemingway spent a lot of time in while he lived in Key West. After lunch, Sharon did some jewelry window shopping. At this point, we were close to the other end of Duval Street and could see a Disney Cruise Ship docked at Mallory Square.

Heading back to the hotel, I cooled off in the pool, while Sharon and Jack built a lego Hogwarts Train that Jack had gotten at Downtown Disney's huge Lego store.

While Sharon took a nap, Jack and I headed out to check out Fort Zachary Taylor. Fort Taylor was strategically one of the most important forts in the United States because it defended not only the waters around Key West, but also controlled the surrounding waterways of the Straits of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. When we got back from this, we all jumped back into the pool for a while to cool down.

Cleaning up, we headed back to Duval Street and dinner. Jack got a shark painted on his arm. We ended up having dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. We finished the night buying a few t-shirts before ending back to the hotel.

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