Locals use them every day. Visitors learn what they are, most times, before they get here. Said to have begun with the Overseas Railroad, our mile marker system runs along US highway One and begins in Key West. The numbers increase to the northern most point in the Upper Keys. When traveling in the Florida Keys, you will see these small green “mile marker” signs on each side of U.S. Highway One. They are used for directional purposes and some points are even used for our postal service. It’s nearly impossible to get lost in the Florida Keys. Our “Main Street” is U.S.Highway One, and most side road are dead ends or loop back to the main street. If driving from the mainland, our mile marker system begins just south of Florida City / Homestead at mile marker 126. Monroe County, which is the Florida Keys, begins at mile marker 112. Did you know that US Highway One begins in Key West and actually ends in Fort Kent, Maine?
It was a beautiful July morning in Marathon, better known as the Middle Florida Keys. Judi, part owner of Glunz Resort, was walking on the beach cleaning up item’s that had washed ashore during the night. She finds a bottle with a message in it, along with sand and 2 one dollar bills. Once opened they find out that it is in fact NOT sand. It is the ashes of this woman’s husband of 70 years named Gordon. She writes that He loved to travel so she sent him traveling in a bottle with a note and money for someone to call home and tell her where he landed. He started at Big Pine Key in March of 2012 and then went to Islamorada where someone found him. They added a note and sent him traveling again and he landed on Key Colony, just off of Marathon. Judi called the wife in Tennessee who was excited to know of Gordon’s travels! Judi added her note, she put him in a rum bottle (you know added a little fun to his trip) with the three notes. We added another dollar in case Gordon travels far and a long distance call is needed. We will be having a memorial service or celebration of his life on our beach later today before sending him on his way again. Only our sister Judi could find a dead guy on our beach! And, a message in a bottle!