When thinking Key West, FL, most people think warm breezes, white beaches and frolicking in the sunshine…but what do you do on a rainy, cloudy day in this tropical paradise? Lots! Spaceman and I found ourselves in this situation not long ago and it is surprising how much fun you can have on such a day. One of the best perks of a stormy day is that the crowds disappear and the town becomes one for locals (and us, I’m sure we blended in well with our maps and cameras). Here are my top five things to do in Key West, Florida, on a rainy day…
What do you do with an old motel you ask? Turn it into a turtle hospital of course! That is exactly what the owners of The Hidden Harbor Motel on Marathon Key in Florida did after Hurricane Wilma severely damaged the motel in 2005. Up to that point, the motel had been a resting spot for both human and marine reptiles. Out of the damage arose The Turtle Hospital. Rescue, Rehab, Release.
It is never a good thing to fall out of a boat, but falling out of an Air Boat in the Florida Everglades off Alligator Alley is a most undesirable experience. Thankfully, I have no first-hand knowledge of such an experience.
Birds, not really my “thing”. The mighty scavengers that sit atop garbage dumps, dive bomb uncovered trash cans, or drop “presents” on my car. Can’t say I have ever been a big fan…and then we visited Florida. Birds there are exotic and big — with big personalities. These are birds I can appreciate!
My cell phone laid vibrating on the table next to my empty plate of food. I had shared a sandwich with Spaceman and was contemplating whether or not he got the bigger half. I usually don’t hear or notice my phone when we are out, so why this time? I looked around and realized everyone’s mobile phone was going off. As I grabbed mine to look at what was coming through, I read, “Tornado Warning in this area. Take shelter now.” Uh, excuse me?