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April 23, 2012

It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere…

That seems to be a theme around Key West, which was our first stop on our cruise.  Jimmy Buffett, I think, spent several years living in Key West.  His orginal  “Margaritavilla Cafe” is in Key West and the slogan “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” appears in many places.  Our stop in Key West was brief, but there was plenty of time to get a feel for the beauty and make some fun discoveries about this southernmost piece of the continental USA.  He actually originally recorded this song with Alan Jackson in Key West:

I even bought a sparkly t-shirt with that written on it.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Our boat docked early in Key West, and most folks had breakfast while in port, except for the person who fell victim to the southern version of a sea gull (not sure what their official name is):

This person was silly enough to put her breakfast down at an outside table, then go back to the buffet for a beverage.  Those of us in view of the windows saw the gull help itself to pancakes, sausage and anything else on that plate!

While waiting for my family to be ready to go ashore in Key West, I took some pictures of the beautiful port.



Once we were ashore, this was the first time I was able to get the full wide view of our ship.


We spent some time scouring the shops for souvenirs,


enjoying the tropical warmth and flowers,

learning facts that were new to me,

(Did you know that US Route 1 travels up the entire east coast of this country? I’ve travelled on it in Maine. I had no idea it continued all the way through the Keys!)

and visiting the southernmost point of the continental U.S.A.
There were a lot of tourists standing in line here to have their picture taken with this monument; I opted not to, and instead stood on this jetty just around the corner:

This house is the southernmost home in the USA (they make a big deal about this “southernmost” business in Key West!)

There was some unusual “artwork” in Key West too:

We made one more fun stop on this island:


Yes that’s Sarah being a really good sport for her mom!
Since this post is already so photo-heavy, I thought I’d put a few of my favorites from the conservatory into a slideshow. Interestingly, the birds were more cooperative this day than the butterflies!

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I hope you enjoyed your visit to Key West!  I definitely did!


  1. Hey, you got a picture of my house! Isn’t it beautiful? That business will have to move out soon, because I’m moving IN! 😉
    Awesome pictures, Karen. The Florida Keys are high on my list of places to visit…by car, not cruise ship…maybe I should suggest them for next year’s summer vacation..

    Comment by TheDailyClick — April 24, 2012 @ 5:17 am | Reply

    • Almost forgot!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 🙂

      Comment by TheDailyClick — April 24, 2012 @ 5:27 am | Reply

      • Thanks very much Michaela – although I’ve heard it takes quite a while to drive to drive to the Florida Keys, even though it isn’t a long distance.
        And thanks for the birthday wishes too!

        Comment by Karma — April 24, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

  2. Wonderful photos ! Love the one of you one the wharf, with the lovely ocean behind you. It all looks so warm. I think it funny that the road ends in a brick wall ! Have a great trip, and keep sharing your tropical adventure.

    Comment by Sybil — April 24, 2012 @ 9:01 am | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil. Perhaps, however, I’ve misrepresented the end of Rt. 1 – it ends at a crossroads. The “brick wall” you are seeing is a building across the street.

      Comment by Karma — April 24, 2012 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

  3. Great photos! Looks like a wonderful beginning for your vacation.

    Comment by Carol — April 24, 2012 @ 10:00 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carol. Warmth, sun, ocean, butterflies, birds – what more do I need? 🙂

      Comment by Karma — April 24, 2012 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  4. I’ve never been to Key West – it looks awesome! Course, it helps that the sun was shining! 🙂 Isn’t it funny about Route 1? I travel on it all the time. Amazing the distance it runs.

    I see from Michaela’s note that you are celebrating something today as well? I hope your day is happy and that you get all that you wish for! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — April 24, 2012 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

    • Key West was pretty cool!
      Thanks Tracy – I got what I wished for last week – going on that cruise!
      If I remember correctly, it is a special day for you too – Happy Anniversary!

      Comment by Karma — April 24, 2012 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

  5. I love all of your pictures. Thats really cute of you in front of the sign and water.

    Comment by Jim Dinsmore — April 25, 2012 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

  6. Karen that comment was from me not Jim 🙂

    Comment by trish49 — April 25, 2012 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  7. I love Key West. Your photos are wonderful, and make me yearn to go back there someday soon. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — April 27, 2012 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

    • Well, thank you Robin. I’d never been to Key West, but from the short time I was there, it certainly seemed beautiful. Our ship departed too early for me to experience the famous Key West sunset – do you have any photos of it?

      Comment by Karma — April 28, 2012 @ 8:57 am | Reply

      • I do, but they are all pre-digital days. I’ll see if I can find them. Might be worth a scan or two. I love the way they celebrate the sunset every evening in the square, cheering as the sun goes down. We also went on one of those booze cruises. They call them sunset cruises, but the drinks flow so freely that some folks probably don’t even remember the sunset the next day. lol!

        Comment by Robin — April 28, 2012 @ 9:14 am

      • I was hoping we would have been there for sunset – so I’d love to see your shots if you can find them! I never managed an “at sea” sunset photo the whole week – it seemed to disappear before I realized it was happening and never had my camera at the ready.

        Comment by Karma — April 28, 2012 @ 9:19 am

  8. These are the best pics of Key West I have ever seen. I’ve never wanted to go there–until now. It felt like we are looking inward from the sea; an unusual and fascinating perspective.

    Comment by Kathy — April 27, 2012 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much Kathy! I guess we kind of were “looking inward from the sea” since we arrived by sea. I don’t know if I’ll ever have the chance to go back, but I will admit being much more curious about all of the Florida Keys now.

      Comment by Karma — April 28, 2012 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  9. If you got it, flaunt it I say. You sure have with this tour of Key West. Thank you! I don’t get much past Orlando.

    Now, since it is 5 o’clock somewhere, I am off to Margaritaville.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 30, 2012 @ 9:59 am | Reply

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