Mom, Dolores, and I decided to spend our second day exploring Key West, only a short 30 minute drive from the house. We arrived just as “rush hour” was winding down. In Key West, that means cars and jet skis!
We took a drive around the historic district and then down Duval Street. Lots of characters riding around there!
A trip to Key West would not be complete without a visit to Sloppy Joe’s Bar (where Hemmingway used to hang out). But is was a bit early for us to start drinking so we moved along.
Both Mom and Dolores are avid gardeners and met a few years ago at our local garden club, so they wanted to check out Key West Garden Club’s gardens at West Martello Tower. The location is an old civil war-era fort on the south end of island. Restoring the brick fort was too costly and not really historically worthy, so the town let the Garden Club take over the interior open-air courtyard and turn it into a magnificent tropical garden.
Dolores found this short little archway just the perfect size for her 5’0” stature:
After our garden walk, it was time to find some lunch. Mom and I had a wonderful outdoor dinner at Kelly’s a few years ago, so we decided to try it again for lunch. It was terrific. So good, in fact, that they sent the chef out to meet us after we kept raving to the waiter about how good the crab quiche was!
After lunch we walked around the waterfront, saw a thunderstorm brewing out towards Cuba, and watched a gigantic Carnival cruise ship take off. Key West is quite a popular port of call!