Florida Day Five: Key Largo: My Last Day Of Exploring The Keys
I was up early on Sunday morning in Key Largo. I was again was looking for a place to watch the sunrise on the key. And, once again I didn’t find one. So I drove about 17 miles north to begin my back country hiking adventure.
There was a line of new growth trees along the old right of way.
On my return hike I heard an owl in the woods and saw a few smaller birds fluttering and singing, in the brush . It was hard to photograph them in the thick vegetation. I was able to photograph some of the wild flowers growing on the trail.
As I neared my car, my solitary walk on the back country hike ended as I encountered some humans. A man walking his dog, some woman enjoying a morning hike and some rangers looking for a rare butterfly.
I was hoping to see more wildlife on my five mile hike but I was satisfied with enjoying some more of south Florida’s remaining wilderness. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Key Largo back country hike. April 15 2018.
It was late morning when I got back to my resort. I decided to spend a couple hours at the pool, had a late lunch at Sal’s Ballyhoos across Highway One, and drove south to explore some more of the Florida Keys.
It was sunny and hot as I drove through Plantation Key. I saw a sign for Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
Of course I had to stop. I only had about a half hour to explore the park before it closed a 5 p.m. I didn’t have time to stop at the visitor center and began walking on the trails in the park. I learned a lot about the history of the park from the informational markers along the trail.
It took awhile but mission accomplished. Here is a link to some more photos of the the flycatcher. Windley Key flycatcher April 15 2018.
I promised the ranger I would leave the park by 5 p.m. since I was the last visitor and she would have to remain if I were late. So I hurried my walk hoping to return someday.Here is a link to some more photos from my hike on Windley Key. Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park hike April 15 2018.
I began driving back to the resort when I saw the sign for another park, the Harry Harris Park on Plantation Key. I followed the signs for a few miles and came to the small beach.
I spent some time watching the shore birds navigate the increasing winds before returning to my car and heading back to my room. Here is a link to some more photos from my visit to the park. Harry Harris Park April 15 2018
A storm was moving in , and I joined a few other guests at my resort to watch the storm approach from our beach.We watched the lightning and heard the thunder grow louder as the storm neared. Here is a video I uploaded to my YouTube channel. Management at the resort had us leave the beach as the storm neared. I listened to it from my room. It was a good one. A tornado warning was issued and my room shook as lightning crackled and thunder boomed. I loved it. A perfect way to end my last night in Key Largo. Bogie and Becall would approve.
“You don’t like it, do you Rocco, the storm? Show it your gun, why don’t you? If it doesn’t stop, shoot it.” Frank McCloud Key Largo (1941)