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Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
Trip End Feb 03, 2013

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Hogfish Bar and Grill
Lorelei Cabana Bar

Flag of United States  , Florida
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Woke up in Miami this morning and went downstairs to grab a cup of coffee. We were staying in a Homewood Suites just outside the airport.  The hotel is clean, safe and quiet which is about all I look for in a hotel.  But a couple of things do bear mentioning.  

Apparently the same brain trust that designed the airport ran over to the Homewood Suites and did their bathroom design.  Here is my first suggestion.  Buy a damn tape measure before you set the toilet! Then you will know the oval toilet will block the bathroom door from closing.  If you use round toilets this won't happen.  We got upgraded to a king suite and both bathrooms were like this.  Both bathrooms in Peg and Wayne’s upgraded suite were also like this.  I don’t know what is worse.  The initial design flaw or the fact Hilton is not correcting the problem. 

Suggestion number two.  Design the elevators so that they do not require some minimum-wage lackey to pedal a stationary bicycle to move the elevators up and down.  These elevators moved at the speed of well ….."congress".  We found a way around it.  Pat or I would go to the elevator press the button, come back to the room, gather up our stuff, head back to the elevator, read the USA Today on the table next to the elevator, get on the elevator, read the rest of the USA Today, take a nap, then get off.  The only difference between the elevators and congress is the elevator actually accomplished getting us to our destination. 

I got down stairs to grab my first cup of coffee.   Poured it and went outside to a light breeze and 70 plus degrees.   I watched the carp in the lake by the hotel and strange birds with long legs walking around.  Then it was back inside for another cup where, what do I find?  A ten year old girl warming herself over the waffle irons.  Note to self…no waffles for breakfast.  

Time to head further south, 154 miles further south, to Key West.  It took about 45 minutes to get out of the Miami burbs and see some teal blue water.  We stopped on Islamorada for lunch at Lorelei’s Cabana Bar.  We were joined by some friends from above and below the sea.  Their pictures are attached.  Key West Beer good.  Key Lime pie with mango sauce excellent.  Key Lime Pie every day this week is on the menu. 

Next stop Key West.  In my search for some place to stay last month, I stumbled across renting a moored yacht in lieu of a resort or a hotel.  This seemed intriguing, a little cheaper and a bit of an adventure.  I called the owner, Cap’n Chuck, and the reservation was made.

Once we arrived in the marina I called Cap’n Chuck and he met us in the parking lot with a cold brew in his hand.  Welcome to Key West.  For those of you who think I talk fast, you have not talked to Cap’n Chuck.  That man can cover a paragraph in the time most of us can form a short sentence.  We got the requisite boat briefing and were left to our own devices.

 A description of the boat would be somewhat “rustic” and in need of a little TLC.  Once again, safe, basically clean and great views.  No elevators or problems with bathroom doors.  In fact, the bathroom in the room Pat and I are staying in doesn’t even have a door.  That is one way to solve the problem.  A bit extreme but no less a solution.  Pat and I improvised with this by using the closet door as the bathroom door.  It is not a perfect solution but workable. 

At some point during Cap’n Chuck’s 100mph briefing the words “Hogfish, bar, restaurant and near” were all mentioned.  Piecing this all together, and with Wayne’s keen navigation skills, we found the place.  As we drove through the neighborhood I began to suspect we were going to end up at a hole in the wall.  That was not the case.  It was a nice restaurant and bar located off the beaten path, where the food was good and the beer cold.  Attached you will find a picture of the Keys’ version of the weather channel.  Simplicity.

Tomorrow it is off to Key West for the big day.  
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