In this guest episode, Alia Moore interviews Mark Baratto on the Blame it on Buffett Podcast.

This is an exclusive “role reversal” where Alia has me on as a guest on her podcast. If you ever wanted to know who the guy was behind the Backyards of Key West podcast, this is your chance!

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A podcast about Jimmy Buffett, Parrot Heads, Trop Rock, and all things escapism adjacent!

I had a great time chatting with Mark because not only did we talk about Key West and his awesome Backyards of Key West Instagram account and podcast, we also kind of geeked out about podcasting and marketing. I hope that if you have ever been on the fence about starting that podcast or other creative project, that this episode will inspire you!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlameBuffettPod/
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In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the artists and creators of Sacred Space: Lucy Hawk, Barbara Sage, Emily Shipman and Cristina Velardi.

We talk about how this group of powerhouse ladies found each other, how they support each other, and how Sacred Space was formed.

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Sacred Space is an artist collective representing 9 local female creatives.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacredspacekeywest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sacredspacekeywest

Keys Weekly: https://keysweekly.com/42/key-west-gallery-showcases-girl-power-and-art/

Location: 5700 4th Avenue Stock Island, FL 33040
Email: [email protected]

Hours: 10AM – 6PM

Meet the Creators

Bella Laine by Emily Shipman
Website: https://bellalaineart.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bellalaineart/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bellalaineart

Whimsy Key West by Barbara Sage
Website: https://www.whimsykeywest.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whimsykeywest/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whimsykeywest

Lucy Hawk Art by Lucy Hawk
Website: https://www.lucyhawkart.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucyhawkart/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucyhawkart

Cocky Key West by Cristina Velardi
Website: http://www.cockykw.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cockykeywest/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CockyKeyWest/

In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with travel blogger Michele O’Connor to talk about how she started her blogging business and how she grew her website into a full-time business.

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Who are we and what do we know about Key West?

We are avid travelers.  Road trip is our middle name.  Any chance we get, we are on the open road.  We even have jobs that have us traveling around.  I guess you could say it’s a way of life.  A few years back, we ended up at the end of the road, A1A that is, and found Key West.  It truly was love at first sight.

We met in Alaska and since then have been looking for a place that reminded us of that frontier spirit… we found it in Key West.

As often as we can we travel back to Key West and enjoy every minute we have on the Island.  Our youngest lives in Florida, so it gives us a great excuse to stop in and say “hi” to him before we travel down to the Keys.  Our boys finally were able to take a trip to the Keys and now have been bitten by the bug…. the Key West bug… and they travel there as often as they can too.

Which brings us to why we have created this website.  We want to help you plan your trips down to Key West.  Notice I said “trips”?  You will want to visit over and over again …. trust us on that!  Reach out we are here to answer your questions and help you not be overwhelmed when planning your trip.  

Want to explore ideas on your own?  Check out our website.  Every one of our posts is written by us… which means, we only write about what we have done, seen, or been.  You get our honest opinion about a restaurant, bar, or tour.

Kevin is a wonderful photographer and most of our website is filled with his photos.  I use my iPhone and find it does a pretty decent job.  Also, I write most of the articles – so if you find grammatical errors or unfinished thoughts… let me know… I will probably blame it on tequila but will appreciate your input.

Also, feel free to comment.  We love to hear what you think.  Comment on a post or we have a very active social media fan base on Facebook and Instagram and would love to hear from you.  Give us ideas on where to go, food to eat and of course drinks to try.

Like most of you, we want to live in Key West full time and are working on that goal every day.  Follow my blog as I will keep you updated on the struggle …. and some days it is a struggle because we really want to be there instead of here.  Here we work long hours and have days filled with cold and snow in the winter months… unless we have escaped for a short period of time to the Island.

Website: https://www.funinkeywest.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/funinkeywest/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FunInKeyWest

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FunInKW

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLPjTyll8Sp59G9KhysTgeQ

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Carol Hill, the owner of the Yankee Freedom III Ferry to the Dry Tortugas.

This episode was recorded at the beginning of 2020 and Carol has a little cold, but don’t worry, it wasn’t COVID-19 🙂

We talk about how Carol got into the business, all the hoops she needed to jump through to be the exclusive free to the Dry Tortugas, and how having a positive attitude always wins out.

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Journey from Key West to the Dry Tortugas National Park & Fort Jefferson aboard the Yankee Freedom III Ferry!

Cruise in spacious comfort to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park aboard the Yankee Freedom III, a high-speed ocean-going catamaran specifically designed for carrying passengers safely across the 70 miles of open water from Key West to the Park. The Yankee Freedom II is 100’ long and 60’ wide, a broad and stable vessel certified to carry 250 passengers; however, to maximize the comfort of each guest, we limit each trip to 175 passengers. Our veteran captain and friendly crew will take you to one of the most unique and spectacular national parks in the United States: The Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson, one of the top Key West attractions.

Website: https://www.drytortugas.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drytortugas/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drytortugas

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yankeefreedom

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HistoricTours