Priscilla Kibbee

I love to travel all over the globe shopping for textiles to add to my wearable art. I have taught quilting to school children in Nepal, seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey where I also served as a judge at 2 of their International Quilt Shows. I have created garments for 5 Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teach classes on embellishment and wearable art. Lately I have been leaning more toward making art quilts.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More Key West

On the original shoreline and next to the Waterfront Theater stands the
Historic Memorial Sculpture Garden which opened in 1997. Its full of statues of former famous residents including Earnest Hemingway of course.
This moving statues of "The Wreckers" stands near the entrance.

Some of the birds in the area think the statues make nice perches.

I had really wanted to take a trip out to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, about 70 miles west of Key West.

The Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon first discovered this island chain in 1513 and called them Las Tortugas, meaning The Turtles, for the great number of sea turtles found there. The latter name, Dry Tortugas, was intended to warn seafarers that the islands contain no fresh water.

On Garden Key, the largest island in the group, is Ft. Jefferson – once envisioned as the largest link in America’s coastal defense system. Its original purpose was to control navigation into the vast Gulf of Mexico and protect the Atlantic-bound Mississippi River trade from piracy. Begun In 1846, it used 16 million bricks - making it the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere - although it was never actually finished. And, of course, the imprisonment of Dr. Mudd there added to its fame.

The catamaran which makes the 2 hour trip at a cost of $145.

Unfortunately for us the winds were around 20mph all week meaning high choppy seas. We were advised that it would be a very, very uncomfortable trip and that there would be no snorkeling. So we opted to cancel. Darn.

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