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.
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 the beauty of the sunset. …
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