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Key West Adventure-Sunrise, Key West Cemetery, First Flight Lunch

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January 19 Sunrise, Key West Cemetery and First Flight Lunch I’m up early so I grab the cameras and head across the street to watch the sunrise. I’m very early so I sit and watch the fishing boats leave Stock Island for their day at sea. Around 7 a.m. the sky starts to lighten up. Then the sky turns orange and yellow. The morning light here is amazing. As you can see in the photo above, it was a stellar sunrise. I meet Jay back at the room and head to breakfast. Then it’s into the shuttle van for our ride to The Waterfront Brewery on William St. and we make our way towards the  The Key West Cemetery .  When we travel, we love to visit cemeteries and graveyards. We love looking at the old stones and artwork and reading about the people who once lived in the town's we're staying in. This cemetery was established in 1847 after a hurricane washed bodies out from their previous location, and many of the graves are now above ground (similar to New Orleans) due to the high water table

Key West-Yoga on the Beach, Dolphins at Sunset

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Tuesday, January 18 Beach Yoga, Dolphin Sunset I missed a great sunrise this morning, DANG, but it will be a good day anyway-today I’m doing a Yoga on the Beach Class. (turned out that it was the best sunrise of the week!) After breakfast (make your own waffles!!), I call a Lyft to take me to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park .  If you walk or bike into the park, admission is $2.50 but it’s included in the Yoga on the Beach class. The park is made up of the historic fort and a few trails, but the biggest feature is the beautiful beach with palms and pines. I meet Nancy C. the instructor and collect my blanket and mat and find a space on the white sand beach under the pines. It was a great one hour class focused on breathing and letting go of hording (hording anything-we no longer need in our lives.) Waves were rolling in, the sky was an amazing blue, and the blue-green water created a sacred space that was just perfect for this relaxing class. Nancy gently worked our whole bodies.

Key West Adventure-A1A Walk, Smathers Beach, Butterfly and Nature Conservancy visit, Key West Garden Club

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Monday, January 17 A1A Walk We’re up pretty early and head over to the lobby for the Hampton Inn 's "included" breakfast. They had coffee, juice, cereal, yogurts, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage patties, biscuits and gravy, toast, make your own waffles and fruit. We did not go hungry. After a quick freshen up, we cross A1A and head west down S. Roosevelt towards Old Town. The first thing we notice is like 25 shrimp boats anchored out across from the beach.  We were later told the boats come around to the south side of the island when there’s strong north winds.  We walk along a really wide sidewalk for bicycles and pedestrians. Some bikers are good about letting you know they are coming up behind you but most are not. I was constantly looking over my shoulder. Smathers Beach is a half mile long public beach facing the Atlantic Ocean that starts at the famous Mile Marker 0. This morning it’s quite empty. It’s a bit chilly for the natives-70 at 10 a.m. with strong winds.


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