You know another thing that is cool about Key West? The music scene. Like most things in Key West, it is relaxed, yet classic. So many places to choose from with live and fantabulous music playing seemingly nonstop everywhere.
Saturday I had my first SCUBA lesson at the beach at the end of Simonton St. Lagerheads, the new destination beach bar there has live music every Saturday afternoon. The Robert Douglas Band was playing their mix of ‘Southern Fried Classic Rockin’ Blues’. I felt like I was on an island getaway trip learning to SCUBA. Oh, wait, technically I was, but, hey, I live here. And really, how often do you feel like you are on vacation when you are home?
After the lesson we wandered around the block to dinner and had time to catch a few songs from our new fave band and friends, Chris & Ric of LUNG. They were set up at the Rum Barrel. They play a groovy mix of trop rock, originals and classic electro indie tunes. Chris’ sultry French accent is a bonus and makes the blend that much more intriguing, especially here in the Keys.
Stay Creative & Cheers!
Friday night’s wandering took us in search of sunset. Our first stop was the Island Dogs Bar – Ringo insisted. He likes their martinis. Shared a few laughs. Watched the peeps stroll by to sunset.
Next stop was Lagerheads Beach Bar at Simonton Beach. But don’t tell anyone about it. It’s our secret spot. It has been transformed from a ratty little beach/boat launch into a cozy beach spot complete with tables, beach chairs, a fabulous veggie burger and fish sandwiches…and of course beer and wine for sunset chillin’.
The sunset finale:
Cheers and stay creative!
So every year the Professional Photographer’s of America association has a national conference. I don’t go every year. This is my second trip. The beauty of the the conference is that it is kind of whatever you need it to be…research products, vendors, educate yourself, hear amazing & inspiring photogs, get certified, etc.
This year I am in the process of re-launching my business and going full-time. So my adventure/goals for PPA for this year was to rethink my business, research vendors and network…and explore New Orleans.
I wanted to post images sooner…so today I am catching up.
P.S. I fell back in love with New Orleans and really got to meet some of the the people/artists of NOLA.
First day in New Orleans. Arrived too early to check in to my hotel, so I went for a walk. Just love the old buildings and signs…
I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. For me it was like coming home because I lived and worked in Chicago for 10 years after college. I stayed at the Allerton Hotel right near the historic Water Tower. Which is also near Loyola University Chicago’s downtown Water Tower Campus where I worked and got my MBA. A block away was another famous building where I worked, The John Hancock Building.
It was fun to wander around the neighborhood, see what is new, what hasn’t changed and just remember…enjoy! Did I say ‘I love Chicago!’
Remember why you wanted to visit Florida? Sun, beaches, ocean, friends, relaxation…sometimes we forget to enjoy the simple things like a sunset. I was so blown away by this sunset last week. I actually had the time (and patience) to sit in one place and enjoy being. Here is my reward. The most amazing sunset that wouldn’t stop. (The images are pretty much not retouched and all are from the same sunset location.)