on November 10, 2006
We purchased our Conch Train Tour at the same time as our other two excursions. The cost was $25 and it lasts for 90 minutes. After clearing security we walked into town and walked to the Mallory Square where the tour begins. We got on an early tour than our ticket time but it was no problem with them. We got into the front seat and I want to go on record as saying this is not a good idea. Not only was it narrower than the other seats so our knees were crushed but there was no way to keep the sun from beating down on us. Key West in October is very warm, the temperature was over ninety degrees even quite early in the morning.We had wondered how it could take ninety minutes to see Key West and really it can be done in a lot less, but there are a few areas like the southern most point which are a bit of a hike from where the ship docks that make taking the tour worthwhile. Our guide was Dave and he ran a running commentary for the entire time except when we had a pit stop. The train is very cute it is a little train and I think it works pretty well because the streets are small and it makes it easy to maneuver through them.Since I have never been to Key West before I was quite amazed with the number of places that warrant a second look. Harry Trumans’s Little White House, The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum, Custom House Museum, Mel Fisher Maritime Museum and the ever popular Margueritaville. It was however the little things that I found fascinating. We stood inside a Banyan Tree, ate sloppy joe’s at Sloppy Joe’s Restaurant, ate keylime pie and shopped, shopped and more shopping. Our tour could also pass as a ghost tour. We heard about all the local haunting and supernatural occurrences. We also heard a lot about the local architecture and the historical district . There are over 3000 house sin the historic district. We didn’t get to stop at the southern most spot in the US but we at least got to drive by. Close but no cigar.
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