The Keysy way of life

The word “key” comes from the Spanish word cayo, meaning “little island”. The Southernmost point of the American mainland is in Key West. Life here is laid back. There is a feeling like end of the road, journey’s end. You can get lost here in Margaritaville – or you can begin a new journey. Lots of male pirate energy, fishing, Cuban rum & cigarettes. I haven’t seen this many smoking men in one spot for a long time. I have missed some female energy down here. Spending time with our friends Mary and Ken who came down from Santa Fe NM was just great. We hung around the Keys together, went to Sombrero Beach in Marathon Key, had good food. We have been out sailing many times, enjoying the clear turquoise waters, the sun and the breeze in the Mexican Gulf. Otherwise….iguanas, egrets and pelicans visiting our tropical garden. The small key deer are all around, nobody really knows how they came here, but they are guessed to have walked down here in a different era when there was a land bridge. (It was way before the Overseas Highway from Key Largo to Key West, 100 miles long with 42 bridges, completed in 1938.) Lots of good seafood and key lime pie. Friendly people – Ross even claims that the people in the lower Keys are friendlier than the Santa Fe community. The palm trees are like a living roof giving shelter from the sun, the nights tender, the dusk short. My friend Debby sent me this beautiful quote that I would like to share with you: “The magnificence of your human spirit lies waiting for the joy of discovery, if you are courageous enough to follow the Waterbird throughout the journey. She reminds you that every traveler on life’s journey is a messenger, and that every destination is the beginning of a new life cycle on the Medicine Wheel.” (Jamie Sams)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alison
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 09:31:01

    FAbulous photos – that brought a little tropical heat to our snowscape here ! I can almost feel that warm sand beneath my toes. Thanks for sharing ! Love the bright colours and lovely bird and iguana shots too. Wow.


    • s/v Paradox
      Feb 25, 2012 @ 15:13:53

      Thanks Alison, I appreciate your comments. Ross and I just came back after a perfect sail in the Big Spanish Channel of the Mexican Gulf. Sending some tropical sunshine and much love up to you in the Canadian snowscapes. Hanne


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