Florida Day Nine: An Accidental Morning Hike In Key Largo.
It was Thursday morning on my recent visit to South Florida, I was again off for my morning hike in Key Largo. I once again took the 1o miles and approximately 15 minute drive to the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. I enjoy hiking here and hoped to see some more song birds and other critters on my walk. However, when I arrived I realized I had forgot to install the battery in my camera. Of course I wanted to share my hiking experience so I drove back to my lodging at the Bar Harbor Resort for a battery. Upon arriving, I didn’t feel like driving back to the park, so I decided to take in the neighborhood near my resort.
I first walked down to the beach and dock at my resort and checked out the calm waters of the Florida Bay.
It was a sunny ,warm and humid morning with temperatures in the mid 70’s, My kind of weather. I love the heat and humidity. Song birds sang as I left the beautiful gardens of the Bar Harbor Resort. I think they were palm or prairie warblers but I wasn’t able to get a good view of them high in the palm fronds.
The resort is on busy Highway 1. There is almost continual traffic on this, the only motor vehicle access, to the Florida Keys.
Traffic wasn’t too bad heading south on this early morning. I walked along the highway and on the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail.
This biking, walking and jogging trail follows the busy highway for almost 90 miles . It was noisy along the highway but I enjoyed walking past he local residential development ,
And, despite the noise of the passing traffic I still observed some birds on my hike including quite a few cardinals,
and, in a forested area across the highway I saw a few rock pigeons and
the endangered white-crowned pigeons perched on the treetops.
There were also a few frigate birds soaring high over the shore of the Florida Bay. I loved seeing these magnificent birds.
The trail crossed the northbound lane of busy highway. I walked a bit and came to a quaint residential development, Wynken, Blynken and Nod Estates.
I walked into the development and immediately noticed the streets were named after nursery rhyme characters. I wanted to live on Humpty Dumpty drive.
The development consisted of modest trailer homes near the entrance,
to bigger homes near the shore of the ocean.
The yards were well-maintained.
There was a small canal in the development and most of the homes had boats.
I walked to the ocean and enjoyed the view. Leaving the development I saw a few mockingbirds and
grackles perched on the trees and electric wires.
I left the development and walked back along the heritage trail.
It was about a 2 1/2 mile hike to the Bar Harbor Resort. I grabbed a cup of coffee and a homemade scone before returning to my room, looking forward to exploring some more of the Keys in the afternoon. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos from my morning hike in Key Largo. Florida Day Nine. Morning hike. February 25 2021.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” – Douglas Adams