The more infamous part of the house are 6-toed cats that are around the area, about 80% of them descendants of the cats that lived here when Ernest did. The outdoor cats didn't really have anything to do with the people but the inside cats loved the guides who gave them cat treats the whole time. They did let us pet them, which of course made me happy :)
So, back to our story... we ended up trying to seek refuge under more trees but it just started to DOWNPOUR so I ended up running a good 300 feet to a local hotel with a huge outdoor covered porch where we waited out the storm for 1/2 an hour and tried to get dry.
Other than the rain downpour we had a fabulous time in Key West! We definitely experienced the unique vibe and felt like we got a good feel for the island. If you have a cruise stop here I highly recommend a day's visit (as it might be all you need). My only regret is that we didn't get to see one of those famous Key West sunsets...next time!