If you're going to be in the keys when the weather is cooler, take a historic island tour. Tour shuttles leave from Robbie's marina on the weekends. The tour goes to Indian Key, an early settlement in Islamorada,where foundations are still standing and stories of the Keys rich and famous abound. The island has the first post office of dade county still open - even though the building no longer exists. A war with the local indians ended the settlement.
The other island visited on the tour is Lignum vitae. Once a privately owned and inhabited island, this is now part of the park system. Park rangers escort visitors around the grounds, exploring the botanical gardens, checking out the house, and the cannons on the property.
Well i guess most people will miss this because they simply don't know about it.
We didn't also, we where just on our way to get something to eat and noticed these firetrucks. They where preparing to drive of to ??? we don't know we just waited till they left, i have no idea if they where part of a larger parade but the need for food was bigger this time...
Picture taken december 12, 2004
Just like us, millions of vehicles have passed through Islamorada and saw the 1935 Hurricane Memorial. One day we decided to stop and take a few minutes to stand still at this monument. On Labor Day, the massive hurricane hit between Long Key and Tavernier. It had winds of 200 miles an hour. This massive storm destroyed Islamorada and killed 700 people. It also wiped out 40 miles of railway and the train, which had stopped to take on more passengers in Islamorada. The Florida Keys Memorial, also known as the "Hurricane Monument," was built to honour hundreds of American veterans and local citizens who perished in the massive hurricane on Labor Day, September second 1935. A large stone features an impression of palm trees swaying with the wind, and beneath there is a crypt that contains the skeletal bones and cremated remains of many of the veterans and citizens who lost their lives in the 1935 hurricane. For those who also want to visit the monument, it is located between the old State Road 4A highway and the present U.S. 1 at mile marker 81.5.
To get a feel for how the Calusa Indians lived before the first Spanish explorers arrived, head over to Long Key State Park. There are nice walking paths including one that goes through prime golden orb spider habitat and along this great stretch of beach too. It's at MM 66.7 on the oceanside of Long Key, just south of Islamorada.