15 June 2011 | Key West, Florida, USA
Key West is a tourist trap, but a nice one! Benno and I had never been here before, so after we checked into the country which turned out to be a quick and easy process thanks to the friendly officials at the airport, we played tourists and mingled with all the folks from the visiting cruise ship and other vacationers walking all over town in 90F temperatures. If you like to collect shells, but are never too successful in finding the good ones, then you need to rummage through Key West shell stores. Just about any type of shell, polished and in excellent condition is available for purchase. Many shell types for just pennies a piece. I guess it takes the fun out of the discovery, but who is to know? The greatest treasure hunter, Mel Fisher, has a store in town displaying the artifacts he found off the Florida coast. Now that we have seen how the silver coins look like at the time they are salvaged we know what to look for when we are poking our fingers in the ocean ;-) However, you can buy your treasure right in the store!
I thought the dinghy dock might give you an idea how busy the town was.