Friday, August 8, 2014

Cheyenne On No Name Key

I  want to explore the backwoods of No Name Key but this is clearly not the right time of year as it's just too hot. That Cheyenne was willing to brave a 95 degree afternoon in the open air is testament to her determination to enjoy herself while she had me alone and compliant with her every whim. I took her to the end of No Name to explore the shady coastline. Not the Unknown No Name I desired to revisit. 
It has been so far a classic summer of oppressive heat which i rather enjoy, with respites in air conditioning and a cool dark bedroom to sleep in, punctuated by dramatic and sometimes violent thunderstorms with wind and rain and darkness in the middle of the day. The views over the waters have been flat and shiny, mirror-like all the way to the almost imperceptible horizon.
Not perhaps as breezy as she might have hoped...
Even the puddles and mud were no relief for her.

These shorelines are no great sandy enticement for most people but I like the gnarled mangrove roots, the sculptures of trees that could not survive, shiny and gray and reaching into the blue sky.
It's primal chaos.
But if I get too busy with my camera and herself gets bored she has a tendency to come and round me up.
Time for one more quick one, mangrove and dead seaweed.
There are large, ankle breaking holes everywhere, inhabited by the hardest creatures to photograph: extremely shy land crabs that wave their claws at your puny lense and with perfect timing scuttle out of sight before the shutter does it's thing. Nice hole though.
Not a long walk, no great action, alone until a car came barreling to the end of the road, pulled a u-turn, as you do in the Keys inevitably, and drove back up the road presumably looking for Key deer wandering in the heat of the day. This is where you come if you want to see Key deer, though we saw none this time.
You would think electrification has come to No Name Key. Actually not yet as far as I know are the lines buzzing with electrons as the process seems to have got held up in the courts. Certainly it hasn't been in the headlines lately. The debate goes on.
There are new Wildlife Refuge signs  reminding people not to feed the key deer, but aside from the power poles not much has changed here, at least visibly. No Name Key was the place where Cubans trained for the Bay of Pigs attack, but the other claim to fame is the pub which is actually on Big Pine Key.
I did not stop here this time but went home to a salad or something equally easy and uninteresting.


Trobairitz said...

A nice walk even if it was too hot. I liked the mangrove root pics too. Cool to see what we don't have here.

Brad Vickrey said...

The Homes on No Name started hooking up the the power in June 2013. My house was the first. The court battles are long over. Most of the homes have hooked up. It is so pleasant to not have to use and hear and smell generators.

Anonymous said...

First - I'll admit, I don't live in the Keys, but I do visit often.

I never understood that battle. You CHOOSE to move to an area that does not have utilities, then ask... ney, demand the government to give you public utilities.

Then the Republican (in all of us) tells the same government to stay out of our business.

Was there NOTHING available in Sugarloaf, Summerland, Ramroad, etc?

I don't get that battle....

Brad Vickrey said...


You have no clue regarding the history of the Island and the decades long struggle of the original residents of the island to receive the basic infrastructure enjoyed by the rest of the residents of Monroe County. Infrastructure that was originally planned for the island and promised by the Utility company. The ENTIRE cost of the project was paid for by the residents of No Name Key who desired electricity. No one who didn't want it paid a dime, nor did the taxpayers of Monroe County. It is probably a first, as no other neighborhood in Monroe County has ever had to pay for utility extension.

You are either a dimwit or a troll. Who are you?

Anonymous said...

Owning real estate = a property interest, NOT an expectancy interest.

Don't be an ass, Brad...

Brad said...

Anonymous, I was wrong. It was not either/or. You are a Dimwit and a troll. Come out of the shadow anonymous troll.

Conchscooter said...

Um strong feelings. I like grid so I never condidered living there. Let's face it No Name was never the Eco-community some hoped it should be. It was an inconvenience. Finito.

Doug said...

You tell them brad! There opinion is unimportant as they are an outsider and will never live on our beautiful island. They are entitled to their opinion, no matter how stupid it may be. You may also want to add coward to the list of names, right anonymous?