Well, our trip to Key West from Fort Myers was excellent! We got there by way of the Key West Express, which left right at 8:30 Saturday morning, just a short drive from our daughter’s apartment.
It was wonderful to be able to leave the car parked for the day and know that it would be conveniently accessible upon our return that evening.
As soon as we arrived, we hopped on the Conch Train for an hour’s tour around the town and then spent the remainder of the afternoon browsing the shops and enjoying lunch at Sloppy Joe’s, the saloon Ernest Hemingway made famous!
A cold Budweiser and crab cake sandwich solved the hunger dilemma, and then it was time to buy Key West “stuff”—coffee mugs, hats, and shirts.
Since the return trip to Fort Myers would leave at 6:00, we had to plan our time so that we’d be back by 5:00 for boarding check-in. So we kept a close eye on the clock as we enjoyed the plethora of the rather unique and off-the-wall shops and businesses along Duval Street and other bustling thoroughfares that are the heart and soul of Key West.
As always seems to happen, it was time to leave before we realized it. But we had squeezed in plenty during the afternoon hours and were happy to wend our way back to the boat, by way of Mallory Square, the spot that is famous for viewing sunsets that are always works of art, although we were a bit early for the coming sunset.
Back aboard, we settled in as twilight began to settle over the area. As we pulled away and out into the channel to reach the Gulf of Mexico for the ride back, the sunset out over the water to our right didn’t disappoint.
After displaying its brilliance and beauty, it finally gave up for another day and disappeared completely, leaving us in darkness, and the worn and tired passengers content to be riding back to where the fine day had all started.