We took our time getting on the road Saturday, but finally started south about 11AM. We made only one stop before lunch, at Robbie's Marina, where I bought a small bucket of bait to feed the fish. This didn't sound like fun to Sherry, but she knew I wanted to go and gave it a game try. At least she did until a pelican grabbed the first fish out of her hand. Still she tried a second time, until she saw a 5 foot long tarpon coming out of the water to snap at the fish. She returned to the car while I and others fended up the aggressive pelicans and fed the fish. My brother was one of the people whom had suggested this stop and I think he will hear about it from Sherry sometime:-)
We stopped for lunch on Big Pine Key. I was hoping to see a key deer, but we had no luck on the drive back to the 70 year old, No Name Pub. It is a fun packed dive. Every inch of wall, posts and ceiling in the bar is covered with signed dollar bills. Many thousands. I hope it never catches on fire. I had fried grouper with really good dollar sized fried potatoes. I also helped Sherry with a great small pizza, but we took most of it with us and I had the rest while we were in Key West.
As we approached Key West, we stopped at a visitors' center where the lady convinced Sherry that the water wouldn't be too cold for a tour with Danger Charters on the next day.
Jasmine House, a half block off Duval, was all that I expected. Sherry fell in love with it and is already talking about coming back with her girlfriends. Except for the caretaker, we had the entire place to ourselves. The Victorian home is beautifully decorated and our suite had a full kitchen, dinning room, washer & dryer, two TVs, DVD, and built in stereo. But the best part was the large private plant covered deck and hot tub.
We left our car parked at the Jasmine House and went everywhere by foot. I won't give an hour by hour report, but we spent much of our time in the shops, restaurants and bars along Duval Street. My favorite bar was Irish Kevin's where they have a series of solo entertainers that joke and get the crowd singing along with their sometimes improvised and risque lyrics.
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