Yesterday was a day of recovery - after eating, drinking and laughing our way through Key West for the past four days we really needed a semi-down day (OK we still managed to hit HogFish for happy hour and the weekly sunset party on Coconuts but we couldn't go cold turkey now could we???) Our friends Bob and Stephanie on September Song who most of you will remember we cruised with for about 7 months and Joe on Sea Pearl rolled into KW on Friday afternoon - we were there to greet them on the dock of course shortly after they got in to start the festivities!!! They were docked right in front of the Half Shell Raw Bar so that seemed as good a place as any to kick off our whirlwind KW tour!!
Salsa Loca for Mexican food and margaritas!!!
The next morning we had made plans to meet at a really cool locals place Pepe's for breakfast - don't ask me why but I woke up in the middle of the night thinking that Saturday morning at 10 is not the best time for Pepe's since it draws such a crowd. Have no fear Doug and I devised a plan - we'd head downtown early, put our name on the list and then go across the street to Schooner Wharf's happy hour (from 7am to noon - no kidding and the bar is always packed - how do we know you ask?? well we might have joined in several times before!!) for bloodies and screwdrivers!!! We tried to call the September Song crew but to no avail - alas Doug and I had to keep Wendi company at the Wharf all by ourselves for a couple cocktails! As there was an outside art festival just setting up near Schooner, Michael McCloud was already gearing up to play and his puppy was firmly ensconced in his guitar case where he happily lies during all of Michael's gigs (the dog is more photographed by far than Michael!!!!)
And that was just the start of the day.....another more leisurely Duval Crawl ensued with Bob finding his bestest buddy the Captain to cozy up to
The street performers were out in force as usual (the ones with animals always do better!!!)
as were the bikers - think it was some kind of bike week down here but man were the bikes gorgeous!!!
Kelly's happy hour where we demolished lots of wings and margaritas!!!
Mallory Square for the sunset celebration - this was Luke and Laura's first time to KW and you can't really say you've experienced KW without going to Mallory Square. We saw performers on huge unicycles juggling and eating fire, escaping from chains, playing guitar while his shorts wearing dog collected tips and put them into the bucket,
dogs with bonnets doing tricks
and there was even a performer dressed in some silver getup who just stood silent all evening (even I could pull that one off)!!
But by far the funniest guy was the one who hid behind a couple palm fronds and jumped out at the unsuspecting tourists to scare the crap out of them - we watched him for awhile - guess we're just sick but it was screamingly funny!!! You just can't make this sh_t up!!!! Welcome to KW guys!!
From there it was a magical mystery tour of bar and music hopping with a trip to the Chart Room where Jimmy Buffett first got his start
Have I mentioned you just can't make this stuff up!!!!) The night finally ended up with us at Schooner Wharf (fittingly since that is where our day had all begun) watching a great reggae band,
The next day after dropping off Luke and Laura's rental car, we went on tour walking from the airport all the way down to Irish Kevin's where we hooked up with the SS and SP crews, but not before showing Luke and Laura a whole lot of the island including one of our favorite spots Louie's Backyard
and having one drunk white guy with no rhythm come up on stage and sing and dance in a cage!!! Amidst it all there was great music and too much laughing - my sides ached!!!
Monday morning Luke and Laura rented a scooter so we were mobile - scary but really fun!!! We headed back to Paradise Tattoo for the great event - Laura got a gorgeous flower tattoo while Luke sported parachute wings and a V, VI and VII for the months of his and his brothers bdays - all very cool. After that though they were in need of sustenance both liquid and solid - so we hit Flying Monkeys for a Pain in the Ass (mixture of pina colada and rum runner!!) for Laura and Guy Harveys for a couple cold brew to go cups - have I mentioned I really love KW!! Finally over to Schooners once again for more wings (we've decided we like them the best on the island although I'm sure we'll have to hit Kelly's happy hour several times more purely for research purposes!!!) and to hear Michael McCloud play.
Hogfish, the local Stock Island watering hole for some refreshments. Ugh - uncle!!!!
As all good things have to come to an end sometime, the next morning we had to return their scooter and say goodbye to Luke and Laura who were driving back up the Keys for their flight home! Bummer!!! While we tried to fit all the fun we possibly could into three short days, the good news is that there's plenty more to do and see in KW so they'll be sure to come back soon!!! Laura is already planning her next tattoo and we still need to hit the drag show!!! Come back any time guys - we had a wonderful time and can't wait to see you again down here in paradise!!!
So now Doug and I need to dry out, go on a diet and chill....maybe manana....for there is a party tonight at Brett's mom's suite (she just got into town yesterday and is already hosting a soiree!!) Don't stop the carnival!!!!
Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!
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