Thursday, June 11th – The day started out with a hotel breakfast ands walk along the water looking for more wildlife. Tide was in and the water a bit choppy which made it hard to see anything. So we gave up in favor of a morning swim at the pool.
After everyone was ready, we were off to Key West. I the way south, we stopped at Strike Zone charters (a business Devon has used before) to schedule a snorkeling trip. The informed us that the weather was changing for the rest of the week and our only opportunity might be at 1pm but they wouldn’t be sure until a weather update was posted.
We decided to hang around town to wait and see if we could get out on the water. We wasted some time driving around looking for the endangered Key deer and found one. About 45 minutes later we got the call that all boat trips were cancelled due to increasing wind and surf. So back on the road to Key West we went.
Next we visited the lighthouse and toured the Hemmingway house. Interesting facts learned included the original name for Key West which was Bone Island, and that Hemmingway wasn’t the greatest of human beings especially when it came to marriage.
We decided to give DJ’s Clam Shack a try partially because they were featured on our favorite Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. The food was excellent. We sampled the Mahi tacos, shrimp tacos, and a Lobster Roll. From there we went back to touring Duval St. After that we shared a cookie that was as round as a volleyball.
Our final stop of the day was to hit Mallory Square to catch the nightly entertainment of street performers. We were a little early so we stopped in at Red Fish Blue Fish and tried some Conch Fritters, Coconut Butterflied Shrimp, some Mahi bites, and a couple slices of Key Lime Pie. The food, once again, was excellent. We washed it down with fresh fruit Piña Coladas.
From there we walked around and caught most of the street performer acts.