We were up this morning and had breakfast in the hotel. It was rather crowded, but we managed to get seats and chatted to a few couples from California and Nebraska. I do not think the California couple really believed us when we said we had left -30F temperatures in Edmonton!
We picked up our luggage, packed the car and set off for Key West. It was a good drive, leaving just after 9:30 am. The road was busy as we drove out of Fort Lauderdale and through Miami and on to the Over the Ocean Highway. We stopped at the Key Largo visitors centre and go some ideas for places to stop. We drove on to Islamorada where we stopped at the Lorelei Restaurant and enjoyed a good meal while watching boats coming and going and pelican swimming and flying. These are brown pelicans, not the great white ones we have in the lake at home. This was the first time we had seen pelicans perching in trees. Not sure how their webbed feet manage to cling on to the branches, but they seemed content to hang on there for quite a while.
We then went across the road to the Keys Discovery Centre, a museum about the Keys discovery and settlement. We were met by an overly helpful attendant who insisted we see a couple of videos. One on the building of the railroad by Flagler and one on survivors of the 1935 hurricane
While they ere interesting, given our limited time I at least could have done without the second one and possibly also the first. I would have preferred to spend more time with the static and interactive displays in the rest of the museum which was of much more interest to me. Having spent a short time with these exhibits we continued our journey down the long road over equally long bridges, at one of which we were stopped while it lifted to allow a tall-masted catamaran through. We continued on and arrived at our hotel in Key West just before 5 PM.
We checked in and got settled. After a while we went out for a light meal at a creperie. While it was called "Banana Cafe", it could have been transported from Paris, such was the decor and ambience of the place. We then walked up Duval Street, the main street of Key West with many restaurants, bars and stores. I somehow lost my hat today. With the size of our luggage (large) and the size of the trunk of the car (small) we have some manoeuvring to get it all to fit and I rearranged it at least twice and I think my hat must have been a casualty of this. I managed to get a replacement, though a pale comparison to my beloved Tilley, as we walked along.
We went down to the front at the end of the street where we were at the most southerly point in the USA. From there we returned to the hotel to read, do puzzles and sort out our photos.
Tomorrow we plan to take the hop on hop off Trolley round the old town.