Uniquely Key West

First, I know many of you are still suffering from this seemingly endless winter, so here’s a gift of warmth and color to help you cope. If you’re really desperate, remember you can click on any shot to enlarge it and really soak it in. Enjoy . . .

Hope you feel a little better and warmer after a little color therapy! Now that you’re fortified . . . .

I can’t leave Key West without mentioning the notorious weirdness. Before we even left Colorado, we were told by a few people that Key West was too “weird” and we wouldn’t like it. But, well, weirdly, we’ve enjoyed it. Now we’re down to less than a week left here before heading north to St. Petersburg (still Florida), so I thought I’d better share a few of the unique things we’ve seen here.

The naysayers weren’t exactly wrong. People do seem to delight in being a little different.

Standard Duval Street style sight
Standard type of Duval Street sight

And some of the transportation is unusually artsy . . .Fish Fund Truck

And there’s actually a rooftop bar that is “Clothing Optional” – we’ve skipped that, so no photos!

There are t-shirts here that say, “Key West: Where the weird go pro.” That seems to be true.

Spiderman on Duval Street
Spiderman on Duval Street
Juggler at Nightly Sunset Celebration, Malory Square
Juggler at Nightly Sunset Celebration, Mallory Square

Some who are only posing in odd attire have a sign asking for a tip if you take a picture. Didn’t cross the street to see if Spiderman had a sign, but he did not appear to be playing.

This top-hatted juggler is at least trying to entertain for his tips. He involves volunteers and has a relatively engaging spiel that draws a crowd every night.

Southernmost Point



Actually, though, unusually-dressed people can be found anywhere from time to time, so there are probably only a few things completely unique to Key West, like the fact of its being the southernmost point in the continental USA. There are non-stop lines of people wanting their pictures taken next to this. →

Side note: The other evening at Mallory Square, a young Asian woman came up to us and said, “Excuse me? Is that Cuba?” pointing to the little island 500 yards across the water. I think her English was good enough to understand us when we explained that Cuba is close, but not THAT close. You can’t actually see it from Key West. It’s also not north of here. In case your geography’s a little rusty, Cuba is 90 miles south of the Southernmost Point marker, not to mention the fact that it’s slightly larger than 27-acre Sunset Key you can see from Mallory Square.

Some unique and interesting things here don’t even qualify as weird at all. Key West is the place to find much of the treasure recovered from the 1622 wreck of the Spanish ship Atocha by Mel Fisher and his crew, as well as other shipwreck treasure.

So it’s not all weird, and even some of the weird is fun.

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutually satisfying weirdness–and call it love–true love. ∼Robert Fulghum (probably not Dr. Seuss, as some say)Frost QuoteWishing you the very best wherever your road takes you!


5 thoughts on “Uniquely Key West”

  1. Love the pictures! Hopefully I will get to experience Key West myself someday. I can’t read that Robert Frost poem with out laughing and remembering my interpretation of the meaning when Pop read it to us as kids!

      1. Haha. Pretty sure the warmth and beauty appeal to you more than the weirdness (or the clothes optional bar), so I think you’re okay!

    1. Haha, true. I can’t read any Robert Frost without thinking of that with a smile, but this one is “The Road Not Taken” — (“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . . “) You’re remembering your 7-year-old interpretation of the essential point of “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” which starts “Whose woods these are I think I know./ His house is in the village though;/ He will not see me stopping here/ To watch his woods fill up with snow . . . .” So even though still hilarious, it’s no wonder you said, “Trespassing.” Love those kinds of memories!

  2. merci pour cette mosaïque de couleurs, de fraîcheur, un espoir vers le printemps qui tarde à venir en France où nous sommes toujours dans la grisaille. Et merci pour ce partage de votre aventure en images. Envie de partir…..Continue de nous faire rêver……

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