Why did the chicken cross the road? Well if it was in Key West, apparently it really was to get to the other side. There are chickens everywhere. Yesterday while we were having breakfast we saw one ambling down the sidewalk. Last night another one was strolling along in front of us down by Mallory square. And, this morning one crossed the road in front of our car. On the crossing, on a green light with all the other pedestrians. Obviously to get to the other side. No one batted an eyelid.
Our free breakfast this morning was once again delicious. There were raspberries and blueberries mixed in with our melon and grapes this time. Unfortunately, the tingly feeling in my head had developed into more of an 'ignore me at your peril' feeling by the time we got back to our room, so I had a lie down with some migraine meds for two hours and delayed our plans to go out.
I still felt a bit wobbly afterwards so we took the car instead of risking that long walk in the hot sun and headed off to the Fort gardens. This time it was open so we had a nice walk round there before driving back to the hotel for a brief rest as I was still feeling not quite 100%. We did manage some photos in the gardens first though.
After a rest we managed to do pretty much everything else on the day's itinerary. First on the list was Hemingway's house. You might guess I'd want to do that! It was only three blocks down from our hotel so wasn't far to walk and was well worth it. Our tour guide was excellent. Very informative and very funny. We also had a wander round ourselves, having a chat to several of the cats that live there.
Then we went across the road to the lighthouse museum. I really did want to go up inside the lighthouse and I did try even to the point of going up the first dozen or so steps but honestly – look at this. Do you really think that I'd have the slightest chance of getting up there?
Nope! Not a chance in a million. I let Stephen go up while I went and looked at the rest of the lighthouse museum. I really did want to go up there though…
After that we went back to the hotel, walking up US highway 1 in order to take this photo.
Well, you have to really, don't you. The sign is there just begging you to get the camera out.
Back at the hotel we went up on the roof to watch the sunset then then went back to our room to relax for a while before dinner. Our hotel is the highest building on the island and you can walk almost all the way around the roof and see pretty much the whole island. Perfect for sunset watching.
We ate in the hotel tonight at Jack's Seafood Shack as the menu looked very tempting and we didn't want to stray far as we needed to be back in the lobby for 8pm.
I had Caribbean Shrimp Cobb Salad, which is Shrimp, Papaya, Pineapple, Avocado, Black Beans, Macadamias, Red Bell Pepper, Jack Cheese & Orange Sesame Vinaigrette. It was delicious!
Stephen had Shrimp & Sausage Pasta, which is Rainbow Peppers, Onions & a Caribbean Cream Sauce. He seemed to quite enjoy that too.
Then, on to the evening's entertainment. We'd spotted an ad in one of the magazines for a ghost walk. We probably wouldn't have noticed it apart from the fact that it started from one of Key West's most haunted buildings – Crowne Plaza La Concha. Er, hang on. That's our hotel! So, once it had got our attention we decided to do the walk. We quite like doing them. We don't believe in ghosts but enjoy the spookiness of it all.
The tour guide, Captain Heather was very good. Very funny. She was suitably scary on occasion and we had a marvellous time 'dooming' people. If we got heckled by passers by walking or in cars, she'd say 123 quickly and point at them and that was our cue to point at them and all together say YOU'RE DOOMED. Then we'd all crack up. There were about fifteen of us so it was quite rowdy when we were dooming people. Actually it doesn't sound half as funny reading it back. I think it's one of those things where you really have to be there. Take my word for it – it was funny. Ok?
So a pretty full day for us considering how laid back we've been here. There's something in the air in Key West I think. It makes you just kick back and relax. Tomorrow I'll be packing up again and we hit the road to head north for Miami.