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

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.

It is estimated that as many as 100,000 people are buried there, many more than the 30,000 residents who currently live on the island.

Next stop is  Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden. We visited 30 years ago and were excited to return. When we get there Nancy was training one of her cockatiels.

I told her we had been here 30 years ago, and she told me she no longer has her beautiful gardens (she lost them to foreclosure) she said we could get a refund on our admission. I told her to keep the money and use it to help with all her rescued birds.

We left Nancy’s a little sad but that didn’t last long, oh look it’s Marilyn Monroe at the Tropic Cinema.


We had made lunch reservations at First Flight Restaurant and Brewery for 1:30 p.m. but with no garden to explore we were very early but First Flight seated us and off we flew…first we tried their limited release “Oreo Cookie Stout”-Irish Milk Stout and “Nuts and Bolts”-Peanut Butter Ale. The stout was a little hoppy but the ale was quite good.

For a starter we split the Hummus Trio with corn tortilla. All three were delicious. For mains we both ordered the Shrimp BLT Wrap: blackened shrimp, tomato, apple wood bacon, mixed greens and Cajun ranch dressing. So good!

We had eaten at this restaurant years ago when it was Kelly’s (Kelly McGillis and her husband Fred Tillman, a yacht broker and marketing consultant, opened Kelly's Caribbean Bar & Grill in the early 1990s. She now runs Kelly's Caribbean in North Carolina). The food was great then and still is.

To walk off this wonderful lunch we walked to Mallory Square with a stop at the Memorial Statue Garden

The waterfront has completely changed since the last time we were here. Looks like they are set to receive some seriously large cruise ships.


We make it back to The Waterfront Brewery in time to catch the shuttle back to the hotel.

Another fantastic day in paradise.

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Tomorrow I paddle the mangroves in the morning with Lazy Dog Adventures.


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Nancy Nutile-McMenemy is an Upper Valley freelance photographer and writer who loves to paddle, hike, attend concerts and local events in and around Weathersfield and the Upper Valley.

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