Islamorada, Florida, also known as the “Village of Islands,” straddles U.S. Route 1. I arrived in Miami yesterday and today had lunch at Marker 88 in Islamorada–an exquisite seafood restaurant located exactly 88 miles from Key West. In 1935, the town was hit by the Labor Day Hurricane. According to Wikipedia, “a memorial, including the ashes of over 300 victims, exists today at Overseas Highway mile marker 82” (only 6 miles from where I ate).
For 45 years, Ted Williams (one of Boston’s famous baseball players) traveled to Islamorada to fish. But by the late 1980s, he said here was too much traffic and he could no longer make a left turn on U.S. Route 1. He sold his house and moved to Hernando, Florida.
The majority of the traffic we encountered was in Miami. Today I also noted that the residents of Fort Kent, Maine (the furthest town north along U.S. Route 1) endured temperatures ranging between 18 and 30 degrees. Dare I mention the temperature in the Florida Keys? I’ll post these pictures instead: