18 Wheels to Key West


MileMarker1

I don’t believe I have ever put this journey into written format.

In April 1992 I received a written letter from my daughter. She encouraged me to please leave the life that was controlling me in Michigan. I had lived there going on 10 years. I was stuck, in another hole in my sidewalk so too speak.

But, that’s another story.

So, one evening in July I decided too leave. I carried my purse and nothing else. I walked about 3 miles to the truck stop on the outskirts of Benton Harbor-Saint Joseph. It was a holiday weekend, the 4 th of July was just in a few days. I secured a ride with a gentleman who I expected was going South as he said. We ended up delivering watermelons to some where North across the border.

Canada.

I remember anticipating Fireworks but it wasn’t the good ole U.S.A. No fireworks for me. Trying to come back across he was stopped and the border patrol arrested him for a concealed weapon. They let me walk back into the States. On to the next truck stop. I decided to call my ex’s mother. She said I needed to notify the police that I had left of my own accord. Otherwise with the history between her son and myself he would be questioned concerning my sudden disappearance.  I did notify them but did not inform them I was hitching to Key West.

It was hot. No change of clothes, little money. The money I did have was taken from the trucks toll caddy bin. Mostly change. I would stealthily enter the trucks while the operators were inside eating or using the baths.

I found another ride that was going to Miami. A nice older guy who talked of his family constantly. I had to stay alert and was so tired. The perils of hitch hiking never once invaded my thoughts.

Finally Miami. I went to a Salvation Army and received a clean change of clothes and over heard two men talking about there recent wedding in Vegas. They said they couldn’t wait too see Key West. My ears perked up and I casually walked over too them. Shortly after meeting them I was sound a sleep in the back seat of there convertible on the way to the Keys. I felt safe with them.

I have been here now going on 21 years.

Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.

Take a chance.

Best decision of my life.

I was not only a mother again too my daughter I was a grandmother too.

So Blessed.

Belated April Fools 2013 from Key West


KWPaper1

Just got yesterday’s paper and since it is not online I decided to post pictures I took of some of the articles.

Lots of Laughs this April Fool’s.

Kudos to the Key West Citizen.

Click to Enlarge Photographs

KeyWestPaper2KeyWestPaper3

Mount Trashmore Resort                                     Secret tunnel under Key West

KeyWestPaper4KeyWestPaper5

Flights to London                                                                     Last Person Obit

KeyWestPaper6KeyWestPaper7

Officers Tase each other                                              The Weather this week

KeyWestPaper8KeyWestPaper9

City to name Chickens                                                     Road rage in full swing

KeyWestPaper9-001KeyWestPaper10

Spring Breakers                                                                    Nyad Finishes Record swim

KeyWestPaper11

Around the Keys

 

Mangrove Jungle


mangroves_clip

Y esterday we went out to Snipes Point on the boat.

When we left the sky was dark and it was raining really hard. When we got to the dock it was sunny, but almost immediately turned dark. Seems the rain followed us. We left for the open water. On arrival, the sky cleared and the sun came out too play. Not a mere drop of rain was felt the rest of the trip. It is always so different there. The sea oats have protected the shoreline and there are more sand dunes peppered along the beach area. Got some great shots and video.

and some color…

Lays_PepsiKola

Urrrgg~Yellow Pages


Flag of the Conch’s @Key West,FL

Yes,folks we have a our very own tiny “The Conch Republic Yellow Pages and Business White Pages for Key West and the Lower Keys. The print is in gray ink and so small you need a magnifier glass to see it. Unless of course you have a young child close by who has great eyesight.

I think I will make a door stopper out of it. Then again it’s so small, maybe I will just use the pages to clean the bathroom mirror after showering.

I will find some use for it 🙂

I have been beating my head against the wall all morning. Looking for numbers and finally finding them only to hear “We’re sorry, this number is no longer in service.”  Thinking I must have dialed wrong or possibly written the number down wrong, I redialed.  Same results.  Hearing that horrid sound in my ear whining or the screaming Fax machines persons leave on…URGG!  is so annoying and frustrating.

Then resorting to a call too 411 that they will charge me for. Then having them give me the exact numbers that are longer in service. The annoying thing about this, these are important numbers having too do with government offices, health clinics, etc, etc.

Immediately calling 411 back and demanding credit for a wrong number.

Someone needs to redo the Key West Yellow Pages.

One listing says  “Care Center for Metal Health”…Really!!!
Can we say TYPO ?

Then of course you have the numbers that do answer. You hear that lovely elevator music in the background that is either obnoxious or deafening…

1. If this is an emergency please go to the nearest hospital

2. If this is not an emergency, we are busy now and can not take your call

3. Please leave your name and number and a brief message

4. If you would like to speak with a representative,please stay on the phone,someone will be with you shortly

5. We are having an unusual amount of calls, if you do not want to remain on the line please hang up.

6. If you remain on the line, there is a wait of approximately 10-15 minutes.
After waiting, if no one has connected with you, please hang up and try your call again

I just said the heck with this, and rode to the places I was trying too connect too. It is a 2 x 4 Island. Oh and I filled my moped up (Cost $4.17 ) Price of a gallon of gas.
When I arrived everyone was out to lunch or had taken the day off.

It is a gorgeous, palms swaying day out, a sunny, warm 79 °.

At any rate I did accomplish today what I planned doing yesterday. It was so nice out I took the day off.

Seemed like a good day to feed the ducks.

Just Ducky
@Key West,FL

Peter Lik – Pacific Moods – YouTube


I am going to get on my moped tomorrow and go down to Duval Street and visit Peter Lik‘s Gallery.I need some beautiful visions in my life.

Check out the photographs from Oceans-Beaches-Harbors.

This painting sold for One Million.It is ironically called “ONE”

The video was filmed at La Push, WA

I love his accent…downunder all the way 🙂

La Push.It is one of the main settings for the second book of the Twilight saga, New Moon. The filming was done in Oregon.