Parking in Key West was very challenging. We got there late and there were few parking lots that didn’t have no overnight parking signs. We did finally find a place close to the beach that had an awesome view of the ocean and settled in for the night.
The next morning Nicole and I got up and Nicole asked me if I’d heard that bird that sounded just like a rooster this morning? I told her it was a rooster, but she wouldn’t believe me because the crowing was coming right from beside the van and there was no way that it was someone in town keeping chickens that close to us. I decided to get up and walk down the street a little and sure enough, roosters everywhere. They freely roam the streets of Key West scratching and crowing.
Nic and I spent the day bumming around in the van and at the beach. That evening we decided to checkout the shops and nightlife. We saw an original painting that Nic fell in love with. Thank goodness it was already sold, so there was zero temptation to buy it. It seems that people Key West really like their chickens.
The next day we walked to Hemingway’s House/Museum. One fact that was new to me was that Hemingway married into his money long before he was a successful writer. In fact, the Hemingway house was where he wrote all his novels.
The pool his wife put in while he was away corresponding for WWII to spite him. It really pissed him off because she donated the boxing ring he used to have there to the local brothel and she spent a small fortune building it. Everything under Key West is coral so digging a hole there is a real enterprise and very expensive. In the end there wasn’t much he could say about it (although he did) because it was her money.
This room above the carriage house is where Hemingway did all his writing.
Everything you see there is actually Hemingway’s possessions. His family sold the house with the furnishings in tact to the family who currently owns it. They had the foresight to preserve everything and eventually turn the home into a museum.
We spent the whole morning doing a guided tour and then touring the grounds. After that, it was time to jump in the van and head towards the Everglades.