Returned from Key West, Sunday, May 8, 2011, with pics here

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    May 09, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    And some pics, as I've been asked to post:

    Having lunch Friday with our party at the Islamorada Fish Company restaurant (they also sell seafood products in a store), this open-air dining pictured here located over the water on the Gulf of Mexico, on Islamorada Key about 80 miles northeast of Key West on US 1. In the background are some small undeveloped keys (or islets?) in the Gulf, only accessible by boat.

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    The dining pier we were on, under the main roof. A musician is at the far left, on the white sand.

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    Another view of the dining pier, showing the roof with hanging fish sculptures.

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    This sea bird wanted my raw oysters very badly.

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    The "Grand Balcony" of the New Orleans House, overlooking Duval Street, our room # 24 at the far end in this view.

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    Me naked on the back sundeck of New Orleans House, which overlooks the pool and Garden Bar. Please, no nasty comments about the chubby, cut a 62-year-old some slack. And yeah, I have a farmer's tan, I avoid deliberate tanning, stay under the shade or wear sunscreen. Only my arms, face & neck get tan from daily exposure. But no swim suit tan ever.

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    The view of the sundeck I got from the chaise.
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    Our 2 friends at the pool, as seen from the sundeck. They didn't feel comfortable getting naked, kept their suits on, though the pool is clothing optional, too, and guys walk up to the adjacent Garden Bar totally bare. The bar under the white canopy in this shot is an auxiliary one for the busiest times at night.

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    Some promotional shots of New Orleans House in a gif from their own web site. Older pics, some of the furnishings have changed.

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    May 09, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    Where are all the naked guys? I'm confused lol
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    May 09, 2011 1:08 AM GMT
    Looks like a nice place.. what's it called and how much a night would it be?

    Stupid me.. just saw the name in the above post.
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    May 09, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    sdgman saidWhere are all the naked guys? I'm confused lol

    *I* was the naked guy! But unfortunately I use the Photobucket service to post pics here, which deletes nudity. I wish I knew a better free photo service, or that RealJock could allow us to upload pics to the forums directly, like we can to our Profiles.

    Actually there were several naked guys around there throughout the weekend. Those pics of me were early in the morning, when most others were still sleeping. And you just don't go around taking pics of other naked guys. Plus there weren't too many guys staying there, why the management had sent out a blast e-mail to regulars like us offering special low prices.

    When we arrived Friday afternoon, and entered our room through the hallway off that sundeck, we passed a lounging guy with a huge Polish sausage for a dick, draped across 2 tennis balls. It was all I could do not to stare. When we got into our room I immediately said to my partner, did you see that guy? Of course I did, he replied, how could I not.

    The next afternoon on Saturday we were at the Garden Bar next to the pool, while totally naked guys were standing there having drinks. You don't take pics of that, either, just not what you do. And not what Photobucket will allow me to upload.
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    May 09, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    beneful1 saidLooks like a nice place.. what's it called and how much a night would it be?

    Stupid me.. just saw the name in the above post.

    All hotel rates in Key West are seasonal, and also based on special events. Plus there's frequently a minimal number of nights you must stay for reservations, and a big advance time for no-penalty cancellations, often a month.

    In our case it was a 2-night minimum stay for this special, and 1 night had to include a Saturday or a Sunday. You really gotta read the fine print, in a tourist mecca like Key West. This isn't like pulling off the Interstate to stay for a night at a Ramada Inn in Ohio.

    Here are some links to the New Orleans House:

    http://www.neworleanshousekw.com/

    http://www.neworleanshousekw.com/pages/rates.htm
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    May 09, 2011 1:34 AM GMT
    Aww you look like you had a lot of fun! The bird was so cute! Where was the beach? Or just no beach photos?
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    May 09, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    Looks like you had a blast!
    I'm flying over Islamorda Key tomorrow and Tuesday, and will get aerial shots. icon_cool.gif
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    May 09, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidLooks like you had a blast!
    I'm flying over Islamorda Key tomorrow and Tuesday, and will get aerial shots. icon_cool.gif

    For those who don't know the Florida Keys, this is where Islamorada is located. And that restaurant is on the Gulf side, if you can spot it from the air. Take pics if you can!

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    May 09, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidLooks like you had a blast!
    I'm flying over Islamorda Key tomorrow and Tuesday, and will get aerial shots. icon_cool.gif

    For those who don't know the Florida Keys, this is where Islamorada is located. And that restaurant is on the Gulf side, if you can spot it from the air. Take pics if you can!
    Spotting individual venues from the air (and taking pictures of them) is part of my job. icon_wink.gif
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    May 09, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidSpotting individual venues from the air (and taking pictures of them) is part of my job. icon_wink.gif

    The Fish Company consists of 2 main buildings, right off US 1 on the Gulf side. And several boat docks, plus a large deck going some 150 feet over the water with a brown thatched roof about 100 feet across (where we had lunch). This deck/pier complex also encloses a square body of water, and there's a white sand beach area near it. Here's where it is on Islamorada (please forgive the other tags, I poached this from a tourist site with other information).

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    BTW, while we were there, a live steel drum band was playing on the beach (aka a steelpan band). We always run into these wonderful things, the Islamorado Fish Company not being planned, entirely impromptu.

    I note some online reviews of the place are mixed. Some people love it, others hate the food. Our food was superb, and we'll return. I suppose a bit touristy, but we still enjoyed it.

    We swung in there again today on our way back home, and bought some fresh seafood to take with us. My partner made a seared shrimp dish in white wine for us tonight, on angelhair pasta, that was absolutely lovely. He also got the most gigantic sea scallops from there, so our latest Keys experience isn't over yet. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 09, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
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    sdgman saidWhere are all the naked guys? I'm confused lol

    *I* was the naked guy! But unfortunately I use the Photobucket service to post pics here, which deletes nudity. I wish I knew a better free photo service, or that RealJock could allow us to upload pics to the forums directly, like we can to our Profiles.


    Try Flickr.com
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    May 09, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    cityaznguy saidAww you look like you had a lot of fun! The bird was so cute! Where was the beach? Or just no beach photos?

    We never went to the beach. My partner doesn't like the ocean, and I only go in it during July & August in the Keys, when the water temperature goes over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Key West is really not a beach destination, not great beaches there.
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    May 09, 2011 5:29 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidLooks like you had a blast!
    I'm flying over Islamorda Key tomorrow and Tuesday, and will get aerial shots. icon_cool.gif

    I got a satellite shot, and I was wrong about about the "enclosed square body of water" as it appeared to me on the ground.

    It's actually more a pentagonal shape. Here's a better idea of what you might see from your plane.

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    May 09, 2011 10:27 PM GMT
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    May 09, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidicon_cool.gif

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    What? no pics of the Island House Paul? you know.. the naked ones!
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    May 09, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    So glad you had a good time! I am all in favor of any events involving naked gay men. icon_wink.gif
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    May 09, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidWhat? no pics of the Island House Paul? you know.. the naked ones!
    That's way down yonder in Key West.
    I wanted to go home...not fly even longer. icon_lol.gif
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    May 09, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
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    May 09, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    paulflexes saidicon_cool.gif

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    Yay! I"ll get close-ups of that very spot tomorrow...gotta fly the same route again. icon_wink.gif
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    May 10, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco said
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    Yay! I"ll get close-ups of that very spot tomorrow...gotta fly the same route again. icon_wink.gif

    Great shots, Paul, thanks! I'll wait for today's pics, then share these with our 2 friends, they'll be tickled. This smaller building along US Rt 1 (Overseas Highway) is their seafood store.

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    The weather was nice enough that we chose to be outdoors on the pier in the captioned first pic above, but that can fill up. Obviously a touristy place, with all the pitfalls that can entail. But on the Keys, it's difficult to find a place that's NOT touristy.

    I believe you're flying West by Southwest here? Showing Islamorada Key. US 1 through the Keys is mostly 2-lane, as shown here, and this is what our annual bicycle ride going down to Key West uses. For much of it there are no bike paths, the shoulders narrow, especially on the many bridges. In moving nearly 400 bikes down that thing, our strict rule is to ride single-file only, on the far right.

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    Maybe your schedule will permit you to take aerial pics of us on the road? Our next ride puts us along this stretch on Friday afternoon, Nov 18, 2011. I'll wave to you! And trust me, I'll be bringing up the rear. icon_wink.gif
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    May 11, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    You were sitting here:
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    ...and, the front view:
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    May 11, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidYou were sitting here:

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    Absotively correct! At the corner closest to that white boat. And that sea bird was on the railing post that sorta juts out toward the boat.

    Very nice pics, thanks! Now I'll provide all these pics to our friends, including the ones I took. Probably load them onto the thumbnail flash drive, rather than e-mail them, because I'll give them my originals, much bigger file sizes than what I posted here.

    You're right when you say you're good at identifying ground features. But how low did you fly? I know you have a fairly new telephoto lens (does it also mount to the new D7000?), but I'll bet you gave those tourists something to see.
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    May 11, 2011 5:12 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidYou're right when you say you're good at identifying ground features. But how low did you fly? I know you have a fairly new telephoto lens (does it also mount to the new D7000?), but I'll bet you gave those tourists something to see.
    I flew at 500' above ground.
    And yep, the 55-300mm lens fits flawlessly on the D7000...can hardly wait to use it in the air!
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    May 11, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    www.LifeOut.com lets you store all kind of fun naked pics, as long as they aren't copyrighted. Like anyone would ever do that...

    And Yes on Island House in Key West. More hot naked men than you could shake a stick at.
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    May 11, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    NakedBudd saidwww.LifeOut.com lets you store all kind of fun naked pics, as long as they aren't copyrighted. Hmmm...
    One thing I REALLY like about my new camera: It automatically adds my copyright info directly into the metadata for every image. I guess that would still be allowed at LifeOut, though, since it just proves that it's my image.