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Living on Island Time

The Hemingway HouseThe Gardens Hotel 1The Gardens Hotel 2The Gardens Hotel 3The Gardens Hotel 4The Gardens Hotel 5The Gardens Hotel 6The Gardens Hotel 7Our Veranda at The Gardens HotelThe Gardens Hotel 8The Gardens Hotel 9The Gardens Hotel 10Playing with a Polydactle CatThe Pool at the Hemingway HouseHemingway's Writing StudioOn Island TimePalm Trees at the Hemingway HouseKeep Off of the Furniture - Except for the CatsExploring the Hemingway HouseGiant PawsThe End of the RoadA ManateeSailing in the KeysSunset and Tall Ships 1Sunset and Tall Ships 2Becoming a Tall Ship SailorThe Key West LighthouseThe Southernmost Point - AlmostVictorian Key WestThe Customs HouseAt the Mell Fisher Maritime Museum 1At the Mell Fisher Maritime Museum 2At the Mell Fisher Maritime Museum 3At the Mell Fisher Maritime Museum 4At the Mell Fisher Maritime Museum 5At the Mell Fisher Maritime Museum 6At the Mell Fisher Maritime Museum 7At the Mell Fisher Maritime Museum 8Iguanas Eating LunchBegging Snorkeling in the Keys 1Snorkeling in the Keys 2Snorkeling in the Keys 3Snorkeling in the Keys 4Snorkeling in the Keys 5Snorkeling in the Keys 6Exploring the KeysPelicans A Ragtop Day!Kayaking in the Mangroves 1Kayaking in the Mangroves 2Kayaking in the Mangroves 3Music on a Pontoon Boat - SnappersMiami Beach Miami at NightA UFO?The Moon Setting Over MiamiLincoln MallSunset Over MiamiCrusin' the StripArt Deco South Beach 1Art Deco South Beach 2Art Deco South Beach 3Art Deco South Beach 4South BeachArt Deco South Beach 5The View From Our HotelThe AtlanticBreakfast in South BeachArt Deco South Beach 6Old FloridaRiding a Bike in South BeachThe Key Biscayne Lighthouse 1The Key Biscayne Lighthouse 2Through the PalmsThe Key Biscayne Lighthouse 3The Key Biscayne Lighthouse 4Cruising with the Top DownThe Requisite Convertible Picture
There we sat at the edge of Marathon Key in a parking area at the beginning of the Seven Mile Bridge. The rain that had been accompanying us for the whole drive had finally broken and, while the dark clouds were still threatening, we were determined to complete the last part of the drive with the top down.  The only problem was it was the first time we had ever rented a convertible and we had no idea how to get it to go down! We had done the obvious things like releasing the latch and pushing the button that had an image of the car with the top opening on it, but all we got was a warning that the top was not secure and a beep. As any modern, tech savvy person would do, we pulled up YouTube on our phone and watched as a helpful person walked us through the steps.  Armed with our new knowledge we walked around to the tiny trunk and removed all of the luggage that we had so carefully shoe-horned in a few hours before in Miami and then we hooked the top divider into its notches, thus eliminating any useful space in the trunk.  We pushed the button and the top effortlessly opened and fell into the space that our luggage had occupied – It was going to be a ragtop day! We shoved whatever we could fit back into the trunk and then we put everything else in the back seat.  We would be completing the ride with the top down, but we were going to look a bit like the Beverly Hillbillies doing it!  We eased our brand new, silver, Super Sport Camaro back out onto A1A and let its power rocket us up to speed as we headed west on the Seven Mile Bridge. Continue reading »

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