Thursday, March 19, 2020

Key West - At the end of the island chain

There's a plant that looks like a tree with these blossoms this time of the year. 
We're at the end of the road from Miami, mile zero. As far as you can get and still be connected by a road. Surrounded by water, the temperature is moderated so it's never very cold in the winter which promotes tropical plants that you won't see anywhere else in the US.

You can keep them out, they invade through the fence.
Our walking tour this afternoon included a nearby alley with lots of plantings with photo opportunities. I don't know the names of any of the plants and flowers but I do enjoy just admiring the beauty. The temperatures are downright hot in the sun so we pick a route with shade.

I've only seen such large palms in Key West
The boats continue to thin out. The one off our bow is due to leave Sunday which will put no boats within 50 feet of us in any direction. Even then, the one boat that close has no one on board. We're about as isolated as you can get in the US.

A little different color along side the walkway
I went by the fish market this afternoon which is still up and running. I got a pound of pink Key West shrimp and Ann did her usual magic. It was great! We're all in good spirits, just waiting out the situation and we'll decide later what to do.


MikeS said...

Always enjoy reading and viewing your posts Bob...and of course your valuable ICW cruising guidance. Please keep it up...and stay safe. We are going to get through this...maybe stronger than ever and more united.

Bob423 said...

MikeS, scary times but it will pass.

wjs said...

Bob & Ann, those Fan Palms are very attractive and good for privacy. I've seen those a lot in the Caribbean and Central America.
Bill S.

Bob423 said...

Bill, this just in this morning. So far, marinas are still open.

Citing concerns for increasing threats to the Florida Keys from COVID-19, Monroe County officials announced Thursday plans to close hotels, guest houses, short-term rentals in RV parks and vacation rentals beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22. This was done in the interest of public safety and due to the number of increasing cases in the counties north of Monroe County.

Hotels were directed tonight to no longer take reservations effective immediately, the visitors already here must leave by Sunday at 6 p.m. This will be in effect for the next 14 days until further notice and will be reevaluated every day. The County has already seen a steady decline in visitor flow. The ban applies to all leisure visitors and all non-essential personnel who are not working in the Florida Keys.