Mom brought breakfast up to the room (we had a kitchenette). She had a sausage biscuit. I had grits and a piece of cheddar cheese. We split a bowl of grapefruit sections. Mom also had a hard boiled egg.
We left the hotel at 10 a.m. We parked in a lot at Simonton and Greene Ave , in Key West , around 11:30 a.m. The parking cost $10, which is not the cheapest, but I think it was a happy medium. If you park right off Duval St. , they charge you $20. It is possible to park outside the historic district and take a shuttle in to Duval, but I was glad to have the car nearby. We ate lunch at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, where we purchased most of our gifts to take back to people. Mom had fried clams. I had six peel-n-eat shrimp. Then, we took a trolley tour of Old Town, so we got to see Harry S Truman’s “Little White House” and most of the other major tourist attraction, albeit for a couple of minutes each. Then, we walked down Duval St. to the lighthouse. I climbed to the top, Mom happily sat on a park bench at the base. It was a gorgeous day, but a bit windy. We walked around Hemingway’s house and peered over the fence long enough to see the landscaping. We didn’t see any of the six-toed (polydactyl?) cats, though. After that, we walked back to the car and headed back to Islamorada. We saw the sunset from the car today.
We stayed at the hotel to rest for a while. We headed back out to the Islamorada Fish Company (MM82) for dinner. Mom got stone crab claws. Six claws provided her plenty of meat. I got a grilled grouper sandwich basket. The food was served in plastic baskets, but it was excellent. I really liked it. It was a blue jeans-casual, quite crowded place. All of the seating is outdoor decks, which had tarpaulin walls up, due to the “cold” 65 degree weather. They had “real” torchieres, that is, approx. 8 ft. tall posts with propane-fired crowns that radiate heat. We were lucky enough to get a table close to one, so we were fine.