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February 28, 2012

The Florida Keys – February 14_18, 2012

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Palms Out

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Typical dwelling

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Key Kreeturz…

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The cocks were everywhere in Key West. You could be sure to wake up to the sounds of their demented clucks well before the sun rose

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Stylin’

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Why??

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The cats loved hanging in all places to escape the heat

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Board Chairkat

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Straight Dope

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Nice teats

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This little guy kept trying to get his footing on the post. He slipped repeatedly for quite some time before finally getting a grip

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Tarpoon

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Hot Bird

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Wings Up, Webs Down

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Túthee

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N-Tr-Sekt

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Bedding down

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Morning gloryfied

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Múnscaype

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Throw ya wings in tha ayerr

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The worst part of sleeping on the beach is making the bed

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Dábráyk

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Just another day

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#thegoodlife

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To keep the houses cool, all of them had tin roofs

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Scaleywag

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The Cuban Prowler

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Kuttrz

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Fort Zachary Taylor

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Blast’d

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Altared appearance

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A cat eventually jumped through this fire ring as part of the act, but didn’t quite make it

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Bootylicious

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This guy blew

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SkweegeeGuy

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Ahoy!

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The Dry Tortugas – Located 70 miles West of Key West, this series of islands comprises the most remote National Park in the continental U.S.

Hospital Key is named after the establishment that used to occupy the island before it was washed away years ago. It’s home to a sexy colony of nesting Brown Boobies.

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Bush Key is home to a large population of nesting Sooty Terns. The guide said that these birds are capable to spending up to 3 years constantly flying while feeding on fish in the waters around them, but I think he was full of crap…

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Fort Jefferson was the largest coastal fort built in the 19th century. After the civil war, it housed Union Army deserters. The most famous prisoner was Dr. Samuel Mudd, the man who helped set John W. Booth’s leg after he assassinated Lincoln. 

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16 million bricks were used to make the Fort. Despite its massive size, it was never completed.

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The only other method of getting to the Tortugas

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boys on the docks

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Some of the best snorkeling I’d ever experienced was had around the moat. I saw a few 4+ ft. barracuda, some sting rays and a vast array of colorful fish.

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Cubans had landed ashore in a skiff which was kept on-hand for reasons unknown

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Shortex

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Stalagmites had formed all over the second level of the structure

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Inside Fort Jefferson

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The soldiers at the fort never saw any hostilities, but there were a few close calls. During one such instance, an unknown ship passed within the designated two-mile “no-go” zone. The commander at the time notified the ship’s captain that if he didn’t “clear out in ten minutes, [he’d] be blown to the bottom of the channel.” Knowing the soldiers must have incredibly itchy trigger fingers, the ship was on its way in a hurry.

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Ye Olde Lighthouse

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One of the uglier views from the fort

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Big magazine in the foreground

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Don’t mess with U.S.

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Male frigate bird

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The old officers quarters

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View with a moat

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Nicely Fashioned

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Over the edge

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Archway of the big magazine. Like the fort itself, it was never completed

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Rahspek

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Folks down there love generic American publications

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Lazy Days

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Stepped Over

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BBQ Joint

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The Mayor of Key West loves her down time

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El Fé

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Azaleas

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All wood

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All Good

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Sweet Home

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