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"Earth's crammed with heaven." -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

288--Florida: Key West or Key Weird
@ CherieSpotting     Apr 21 2005 - 19:26 PST
cherie writes: Key West is a true 2x4. The quirky island that hosts “the southernmost point in the continental United States” is two miles wide by four miles long. It’s tropical climate acts like a sponge attracting a beautiful mix of eclectic misfits—perhaps that’s why they call it Key Weird. It’s a lot different than a cookie-cutter suburban neighborhood where residents rip out the trees and then name the streets after them. This place attracts characters because it has character. And it’s sunny all year long. The only ice you see in winter, are the cubes in your cocktail glass.

Rennie, Anne, Greg (and new Key West friends Theo and Diane) explored the island of Key West from sea to shining sea—the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The T-shirt shops tout sayings like: ‘The liver is evil, it must be punished’ or “Rehab is for quitters.” It’s the home of quaint coffee shops like the Coffee Plantation, and other charming stores like antique shacks, art galleries and orchid shops.

Anne loves Key West because the town is both dog, chicken, and butterfly friendly. There are as many chickens crawling up and down the streets as people crawling in and out of the pubs. It leaves everyone wondering: How is everyone so thirsty in the morning, when they got so drunk last night? Here’s a taste of Key West in photos:

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Key West is Mile 0, where the road ends and the partying begins.

Key West is Mile 0, where the road ends and the partying begins.

A ceramic car in Key West.

A ceramic car in Key West.

Greg watches as Anne sips her Key Lime Pie Margarita (the glass is dusted with graham cracker crumbs instead of salt.)

Greg watches as Anne sips her Key Lime Pie Margarita (the glass is dusted with graham cracker crumbs instead of salt.)

This could be dangerous.

This could be dangerous.

Sloppy Joe's on Duval St.

Sloppy Joe's on Duval St.

One more beer for Rennie.

One more beer for Rennie.

Key West is known for its local art.

Key West is known for its local art.

Cherie fills out her tax forms in a Key West bar.  Classic.

Cherie fills out her tax forms in a Key West bar. Classic.

So many choices, where should we go?

So many choices, where should we go?

In Key West, you never know what you are going to see next.

In Key West, you never know what you are going to see next.

No bikes...just jet skis.

No bikes...just jet skis.

Cherie and Anne with a crazy Key West car.

Cherie and Anne with a crazy Key West car.

Looks like she had a rough night.

Looks like she had a rough night.

Ready for the Duval crawl?

Ready for the Duval crawl?

That's a bunch of bull.

That's a bunch of bull.

The oldest bar in Florida--Capt. Tony's saloon.

The oldest bar in Florida--Capt. Tony's saloon.

Theo and Diane of the Coffee Plantation in Key West.

Theo and Diane of the Coffee Plantation in Key West.

Key West is full of gorgeous homes and funky cars.

Key West is full of gorgeous homes and funky cars.

Some of us were simply "Born to Sail."

Some of us were simply "Born to Sail."

The Strand.

The Strand.

Excuse me ma'am, there is a lizard on your back.

Excuse me ma'am, there is a lizard on your back.

Stop it!!!  That tickles.

Stop it!!! That tickles.

Anne demonstrates "How to kiss a snake", and still leave Key West with your lips in tact.

Anne demonstrates "How to kiss a snake", and still leave Key West with your lips in tact.

No more saggy breasts with the new under-wire snake bra.

No more saggy breasts with the new under-wire snake bra.

Who let these two out of their cages?

Who let these two out of their cages?

Mona Lisa and Elvis.  I bet they never dreamed they'd hang out in Key West together.

Mona Lisa and Elvis. I bet they never dreamed they'd hang out in Key West together.

Typical Key West home.

Typical Key West home.

All nationalities are welcome here.

All nationalities are welcome here.

Key West prides itself on being one human family.

Key West prides itself on being one human family.

From Key West it's only 90 miles to Cuba.

From Key West it's only 90 miles to Cuba.

Don't worry...be crabby.

Don't worry...be crabby.

Mile Zero.

Mile Zero.

Danger...men cooking!

Danger...men cooking!

The Southernmost House, near the Southernmost point.

The Southernmost House, near the Southernmost point.

Relaxing on the peir.

Relaxing on the peir.

Atlantic Shores.

Atlantic Shores.

Bottom's Up has a whole new meaning in Key West.

Bottom's Up has a whole new meaning in Key West.

Women are always attracted to pirates.

Women are always attracted to pirates.

What's under that jacket?

What's under that jacket?

Anne and Rennie.

Anne and Rennie.

Interesting cars.

Interesting cars.

Key West loves their resident chickens.

Key West loves their resident chickens.

Greg, Rennie and Anne at Rick's.

Greg, Rennie and Anne at Rick's.

Key West's moped hospital.

Key West's moped hospital.

Theo and Diane at Key West's best coffee shop--the Coffee Plantation.

Theo and Diane at Key West's best coffee shop--the Coffee Plantation.

Diane serves our favorite "wake me up."

Diane serves our favorite "wake me up."

There is a chicken in your tree.  Do we need to call the Fire Dept?

There is a chicken in your tree. Do we need to call the Fire Dept?

San Carlos.

San Carlos.

Cherie at the Southernmost point in the continental United States.

Cherie at the Southernmost point in the continental United States.

Key West's famous Conch Train.

Key West's famous Conch Train.

Tourists line up to see Ernest Hemmingway's house.

Tourists line up to see Ernest Hemmingway's house.

Old cars become garden art in Key West.

Old cars become garden art in Key West.

Rennie and Anne.

Rennie and Anne.

Key West, where real men drive pink taxis.

Key West, where real men drive pink taxis.

It's the Dutch guys!

It's the Dutch guys!

Sponge-man, a new thing for kids to have nightmares about.

Sponge-man, a new thing for kids to have nightmares about.

Art by the bathroom.

Art by the bathroom.