Key West to Stock Island

I walked down to the Southernmost point yesterday. The thing the struck me most was how many folks were in line just to take their photo there just like I was. I didn’t want to wait, so I just took a selfie and moved on.

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The ocean looks quite beautiful. Shimmering blue turquoise with a hint of on sun drop sparkles on the waves. I wanted fo jump right in!

From there I continued to Higgs Beach. Along the way I saw a kitty sleeping on a porch. So I have decided to start a photo collection called “The Cats of the Eastern Continental Trail.”

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I ended up seeing a lot of chickens along the way. They seem to have taken over the island.

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Continuing along I came to the Key West AIDS Memorial. I was so overcome with emotion as I read the names of those whose lives ended far too soon. What a tragedy this disease has been to the world.

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After spending some time on the pier near Higgs Beach and the Memorial, I walked down to the Nature Preserve. There I got to see various species of mangroves and a nice view of the ocean.

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With only a mile left in my journey, I started feeling a terrible shooting pain in my right foot. So I rested a bit and it went away. Then it was back to Boyd’s Campground to stay for the night. Once there I noticed three guys with tzitzit setting up in a spot next to mine. We chatted and after I helped them set up their tent, we shared dinner together. Hi Moishe, Menachem Mendel, and Menachem Mendel!

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Today I’m off to hike another few miles. Before leaving I met several fine folks in the game room. Hope to hear from them as I hike! Special thanks to Boyd’s Campground for their hospitality and wonderful site.

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