Hello, everyone! Welcome to the second part of yesterday's post about Key West. When last I left you, Lara and myself had large tropical birds perched on our arms. This is the very elaborate toy store on the other side of the third floor of the mall:
Next, we went outside for the feeding of some of the larger turtles and sharks that they have here. You may notice a bird stealing a fish out of the cooler in this photo. This bird followed this lady and her cooler everywhere she went, always looking for an opportunity to steal a fish.
Edit: Lara says this is a loggerhead turtle.
Edit: Lara says this is a large nurse shark. She knows a lot more about sharks than I do.
Now, things are going to abruptly switch from cute to creepy, because the last part of this post will tell you about the Key West ghost tour that Lara and I went on that night!
Here is a house that was used as a quarantine during the Yellow Fever plague in the 1850's. Several children died in the top right room of the house, and people who now stay in the room sometimes feel people tugging on their pants and the hems of their skirts.
This is Captain Tony's bar, formerly a city morgue. There are bodies buried below it, and a tree grows through the middle of it that became known as the 'hanging tree' after a woman was hung from it for killing her son and her husband with an axe. She apparently now haunts the women's rest room, occasionally whispering things in various occupants' ears such as 'get out!', and even holding the door shut and trapping women inside until their cries for help result in someone from the bar opening the door from the outside. You can still see bottles embedded in the concrete walls on Captain Tony's that once contained holy water, and were put there to promote a peaceful afterlife for the dead bodies below this place.
Well, that all got a bit heavy! Hey, it's a ghost tour, how many ghosts have you heard of who led a happy, peaceful life? I will end this entry with a bit of levity: here is a chicken with her baby chicks, milling around and looking for some food. Thanks for reading!
-The Blog Tech