Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May long weekend sunset on Trout Lake.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Think I'll go to Mr. Cheapee's and get me some stuff.

Monday, May 27, 2013

 What do you do on a rainy day in Naples, Florida?

Sit and have a "pop" or two and watch the crab boats and their crews.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Although we were not there during this festival, during the first 2 weeks of May in Key West is the Key West Songwriter's Festival (you'll notice in the 1st photo, the sign indicates it's the "Songwriter's" festival - only 1 songwriter?  I think not, grammar error - should be Songwriters', eh?) - this year's festival is the 18th annual.    I'm thinking that would be a great time to return to Key West.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

 More life size sculptures in Key West.



 UC is trying hard to look as busy-bushed as the next guy.

 "Now this is more like it!" said UC as he quickly got up to speed.

It's always sad leaving Key West.

Monday, May 20, 2013



 The Green Parrot Bar in Key West. This is my kind of bar, real and anything but upscale.



 Hmmm, choices ...


Lots of ex-pats frequent this place.  I enjoyed it way more than Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville on Duval Street.

Sunday, May 19, 2013




I love exterior wall murals.  I find them way more interesting than graffiti "tags" of the "taggers'" names that can be seen everywhere.  This vibrant mural is just off Duval Street in Key West.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Shiver me timbers!  Aargh!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013



This is one mean looking US warship docked at Key West. 

HSV-2 Swift


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HSV-2 Swift
Career United States
Name:HSV-2 Swift
Ordered:October 2002
Builder:Incat, Tasmania, Australia
Yard number:061
Acquired:15 August 2003
Refit:October 2008
Homeport:Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia
Nickname:Vomit Comet
Status:In service; Run by US Navy in Key West Florida to intercept drug smugglers. [1]
General characteristics
Displacement:1,668 long tons (1,695 t) full
940 long tons (955 t) standard
Length:321.5 ft (98.0 m)
Beam:88.6 ft (27.0 m)
Draft:11.15 ft (3.40 m)
Propulsion:Caterpillar 3618 marine diesel engines
Speed:45 knots (83 km/h; 52 mph) maximum
30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) operating
Range:3,500 nmi (6,500 km; 4,000 mi)
Capacity:Approximately 605 long tons (615 t)
Approximately 28,740 sq ft (2,670 m2) cargo deck
Complement:17 Contract Mariners; berthing for 107 with additional temporary berthing for 87 when seating is converted
Crew:35
Armament:4 × .50 caliber M2 Browning machine gun mounts
HSV-2 Swift is a non-commissioned, hybrid catamaran originally leased by the United States Navy as a mine countermeasures and sea basing test platform. She is now privately owned and operated by Sealift Inc. and chartered to the United States Navy Military Sealift Command. She is primarily used for fleet support and humanitarian partnership missions. The HSV stands for "High Speed Vessel", and its home port is Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Virginia. The vessel has two CONMAR crews that typically rotate every three months to keep the ship deployed eleven months per year. The minimum crew size is 35; 18 are military with the balance civilian, provided through American Maritime Officers and Seafarers International Union. On rare occasion that she is in a United States port, it is usually Naval Station Mayport, Florida, supporting the Fourth Fleet or Charleston, South Carolina, for major maintenance. Rota, Spain, is considered by the crew to be the "Mediterranean home away from home".[2]

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

 Hell yes, we had a beer here!

And here it is.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Even Marilyn was in Key West!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A view from the beach at Naples, Florida.