Saturday, December 24, 2011

Key West for Xmas

I know I usually post very dry updates about various screenings, shows, and events I participate in but I thought I'd switch it up a bit a post some photos from my Christmas vacation in progress! My mom and I are feeling very self-satisfied for finally, after all these years, breaking from our traditional family holiday gathering/potential-knock-down-drag-out and leaving town for a full fledged vacation. We haven't traveled together, aside from a few weekend get-aways here and there, since I was 16 when we went to New Orleans for Halloween. Here are some of my photos from our Holiday trip, so far. Enjoy them with a little twinge of jealousy... (P.S. I've been wearing shorts and tank tops, and swimming in either the ocean or the Gulf every day since we arrived!)

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo

Mom's a Moose

Cookies the size of my head, Key Largo

"Wilhelmina Crossing the 7 Mile Bridge"-- by Rick Worth, a local gay take on "Washington Crossing The Delaware"

Boom-boom shorts

3 and counting

"Keepin' It Weird" on Duval Street

Sunset from Mallory Square

Hemmingway's Writing Studio

Hemmingway's Cats

Mom & I at B.O. Fish Wagon, pre-stomach ache

Beach in December, Ft. Zacahary Taylor State Park

All Covered in The Keys

Old 7 Mile Bridge, New 7 Mile Bridge

Old 7 Mile Bridge near Pigeon Key

Dollar Stalactites at No Name Pub, Big Pine Key

$ $ $

Key Deer Refuge

More Mom Moosin'


Greg said...

Cute pics! What's the story on the bar full of money?!

Chris E. Vargas said...

Not exactly sure, their website says:
"There was a lot of illegal money passing through the Keys back [in the 70s & 80s] and everyone loved to spend it. They had so much money in fact they started hanging it on our walls."

Not sure why there was a lot of money in the Keys back then, I haven't gotten that far in my history book yet. But I do know that before people leave the pub they decorate and staple gun their one dollar bills to the walls and ceilings. There must have been tens of thousands of dollar bills hanging on their walls!!! My Ma and I saw another bar in Key West (No Name was in Big Pine Key) with the same decorating scheme. Must be a Keys thing.