Motorcyclists Up North lament the impending departure of summer. There is a slight twinge in the air they write as they anxiously scan for yellowing leaves, a sure sign of Fall to come. We've got toms of yellowing palm fronds down here.
The water is hot off Smather's Beach so water sports close to sea level are not likely to freeze anyone's blood.
The winds this summer never quite quit like they were supposed to. It's been lovely ashore with a fresh breeze to cool things off. Up North drought wildfires and apocalypse have marked the summer of 2012.
Down here in Sodom we've had a lovely serene summer thanks. Perhaps we have finally incurred God's displeasure because now we face getting whacked by a hurricane but I'm sure we'll manage. I liked this ad on Smather's Beach where the speed limit is 30mph:
It's actually paid for by foot doctors encouraging athletes to perform better if the spend money on medical care. Some people show no signs of requiring medical treatment, they just lay out in the sun and risk melanoma.
Others need AA desperately but instead they sleep in public when it is permitted and take cover at night when it isn't, oddly enough.
Smather's Beach has it's resident bums as does Rest Beach,
...while at Higgs Bach they have allocated parking, as it were:
It has been a summer filled with tourism. The economy may be as bad as you like but they keep coming:
The heat is enough to keep the pigeons in the shade too.
I felt compelled to stop the Bonneville and the views across the water. It's hot and sticky but I would have it no other way. Dry heat means nothing to me except straw-like hair and cracked finger nails.
I parked the Bonneville near the rest rooms and remembered my camera this time. The coral rock structure is strangely open to the elements which works in it's favor as a fresh breeze though here keeps the smells sanitary.
This is the direction facing our potential hurricane in the next few days. It looks peaceful enough right now.
Fall in Key West means more people, crowds and full bike racks.
These are the proverbial dog days of summer, lovely and warm and sunny, and yellow leaves are just a sign of the palms doing their constant self renewal, not a seasonal change.
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