La Concha last look from The Top

Taken April 20th, 2014.

This will be my last time at The Top. April 20th, 2014 was the last time the public could get out on the room and look around at Key West from the tallest building on the island. They are going to build a day spa on the roof and it will occupy the entire space.

2013 Key West Power Boat Race

The Key West Power Boat race is recognized around the world as the biggest offshore racing event.  This years line up of boats appears to be the biggest yet. These boats include many classes, Superboat Unlimiteds, multiple turbine, Superboats and many others.

This race is all about endurance. The three races were held Wednesday and Friday with the final race on Sunday. The first two race days the boats only do 1/2 the number of laps they will do on Sunday.

“I think we are going to have quite a lot of big boats here this coming weekend and that’s what people want to see.” – John Carbonell, President of Super Boat International and a Key West local

Racers and boats started arriving Sunday and a parade was held that started at the Truman Waterfront and went down Duval Street.

Race watchers on the beach.

Sunday was the final and longest of the races held at this event. In the first race of the day, a boat was said to have hit an underwater hazard and flipped.  All on board were recovered safely and the race continued.

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The Story of Robert the Doll

This is a great video telling the store of Robert the Doll.

Robert Eugene Otto was given the doll in 1906 by a Bahamian servant woman who was skilled in Black Magic and voodoo.  It is alleged that the doll is cursed and possessed by evil spirits.

Robert is on display at the Fort East Martello Museum and is also part of the Key West Ghost Tours.

It’s really a interesting story. Click below and find out for yourself.

Key West Zombie Bike Ride 2013

This years Zombie Ride was the biggest yet. The annual ride put on by Wecycle started 4 years ago. The first year about 150 riders turned up, the next year it was 300 and last year it was 3,000.  Attendance was predicted to be between 4,000 – 5,000, but it turned out to be over 7,500.

The ride starts in front of Wecycle, located on Stock Island, and runs around the island making a stop at Salute’s on Higgs Beach and ends down at Fogarty’s on Duval Street.

As you can see it’s a beautiful ride as the sun sets. This shot is on the south side of the island heading west.

Seems everyone had a great time. If you want to attend next year the link is at the top of this post.

Key West Poker Run 2013

This weekend was the annual Key West Poker Run.

For those of you who don’t know, The Poker Run is an event for bikers.  They drive down from the mainland and make 5 stops at various businesses along the keys to draw a playing card.  Each biker then arrives in Key West and presents his ‘hand’ to the even officials and the biker with the best hand wins.

The whole thing started about 40 years ago when Phil Peterson and the Key West Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea to help business during the normally slow month of September.  The first event had about 46 riders and this year’s turnout is expected to be over 10,000.

The event brings in millions of dollars to the Key West economy.  Also benefiting from the event are the Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club who collect hundreds of thousands of dollars from the riders.

The City of Key West closes off parts of Duval Street to allow the bikers to park along the street creating an impromptu bike show. Bikers are charged a fee to park and the proceeds go to charity.

Did not get the memo that "Bike Week" referred to motorbikes… #keywest #bikeweek #cargobikes #christiania

A photo posted by Boxcycles (@boxcycles) on

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I saw this one parked in front of Jack Flats so I had to post this tweet when I saw it.

Here is the official web site if you want more information or maybe plan on visiting during the event next year.

Landscape Memories

Robert E Kraus:

Today I was doing a quick search of the Internet looking for articles about Key West. When I came to this article I skimmed past it, but something made me return and look again. I slowed myself down and realized the beauty of this article. Please take a few minutes from your day to read this, it is worth the time. The author’s name is Rebecca Rainey and she has written a wonderful narrative of Key West and it’s beaches.

Originally posted on One Acorn:

My beach at sunset facing south

My beach at sunset facing south

In 2008, in the heat of a late South Texas spring, the Coast Guard announced that our next home would be Key West, Florida. While I had been hoping for somewhere with a more temperate climate, I happily contemplated sunny beaches, frosty drinks and Jimmy Buffett.  What more could there possibly be?  As it turned out, Key West was much, much more.

Obviously, Key West is an island.  That fact, coupled with its semi-tropical climate, dictates nearly every aspect of life.  People have had to modify the island in order to live on it, but the elemental forces are never far away.  The natural rhythms inform everyday experiences to a much greater extent than in many other parts of the country.  Daily tides delineate the working lives of fishermen and tourist boat captains alike.  There’s a nightly festival on the waterfront just to celebrate…

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Receipe: Conch Salad

Bahamian Style Conch Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Medium sized conchs
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 Medium Tomato
  • 1/3C Key Lime Juice (or regular Lime Juice)
  • Hot Peppers, to your taste

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