Wow, that was a nice trip! I mean, what's not to like about basically doing nothing? We had a fun last day in Key West. After packing and checking out of the hotel, we did a tourist things we've so far managed to avoid on our trips there. We visited the Hemingway home.
It's the perfect house for hot, humid Key West, with tall ceilings and big windows. The grounds were beautiful, and it was all I could do to not jump into the swimming pool. People, it was HOT. Well, not so much temperature-wise (I think it was about 82), but the humidity there is just killer if you aren't used to it. Yes, Atlanta is humid, but not on a scale anywhere near that of Key West. And yes, there were cats all over the place, almost every one of them doing a variation of this.
So we adjourned to a favorite lunch spot near Mallory Square, the Rooftop Cafe, where we enjoyed the food and the air conditioning. As we were leaving, I snapped this shot that captures a taste of the area.
In the distance, you can see the fin of a cruise ship. In front of that, the tourist-trap market place, and in front the famous (and never ridden by us) Conch Train.
Jim and I strolled around to Mallory Square to look at the cruise ship up close, and during our stroll we encountered chickens
and chicken art.
Then we drove a bit further down the island to find Nancy's Secret Garden. Oh, this was a lovely (if hot) place filled with native trees, plants, and orchids.
But the best thing of all was the parrots. As part of the Mana Project, many rescued parrots now make their home in the garden. My favorite was a little guy named Rock. It was too dark to get a good photo of this sweetie, but you can see him and read his story here. We had a great time talking and whistling back and forth, and I had to resist stealing him away.
On a more poignant note, after my happy encounter with Rock, I found these signs posted around the area.
Poor Sophia. Such a sweet note, and it made me sad to think of this little girl searching for her lost pets. I hope she finds them soon.
So, off to the airport we went. I was able to knit a bit on the Key West sock while waiting to board, and afterwards the sock enjoyed resting a bit with a Sprite and a recorded book.
We both had a good flight and were glad to get home. Now we just need to adjust to "normal" life again.
Thanks for sharing my vacation adventures with me. From here on out it's going to be everyday stuff for a while. I'm looking forward to finishing both the Key West and lace socks, moving on to the Chutes & Ladders socks, and conquering the Flower Basket Shawl. Pictures of all will be forthcoming, of course.