Florida Day Seven: Key Largo. A Morning Hike On The Southern Glades Trail To Manatee Bay And A Beautiful Sunset
As usual, I was up early Friday morning at my resort in Key Largo. I was excited to hike the last stretch of the Southern Glades Trail and reach it’s end at Manatee Bay. I heard there have been many sighting of manatees and dolphins in the bay. I left my resort and drove the 25 miles to the boat ramp parking area along the northbound lane of busy Highway One, of course after stopping for a large cup of coffee.
The sun was rising as I left my SUV and began my hike. It was mostly clear and a sultry 72 degrees. I now knew the only access to the Southern Glades Trail were the open gates along the fence enclosing a dam on the Aerojet Canal. They were open with no sign saying not to enter so I crossed over to the trail on the other side of the canal.
The trail was better maintained then the access road I hiked the day before. And there were more native plants growing on the trail on this side of the canal. There were many red mangroves growing along the trail.
The seeds of this tree sprout roots while still attached to the tree. The begin to reach into the soil when the drop to the ground or are carried to dry ground when they drop into the water. I had never seen the seeds before. They are different looking and you can see the small roots starting to protrude from the seeds.
As I walked along the trail I noticed a lot more bird activity than on my previous hike on the other side of the canal. There were a few wading birds on both sides of the trail. Most flew off, behind the mangrove trees before I could get a photograph but this great blue heron stayed long enough for me to capture it’s image.
After a half hour, and not seeing and manatees, dolphins or crocodiles I decided to start my return 2 1/2 mile hike. The morning Florida sun grew strong and the temperature rose to near 80 degrees. I loved it. I love the heat.
As I approached the damn on the Aerojet canal near the parking area I saw a few double-crested cormorants. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the birds I saw on my hike to Manatee Bay. Florida Day Seven. Key Largo. Southern Glades hike birds. February 18 2022.
and this a female caught in the act of eating an insect. This is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike to Manatee Bay. Florida Day Seven. Key Largo. Southern Glades Trail February 18 2022.
It was now almost 11 am. and I was hungry. So I decided to stop for breakfast at Mrs. Macs II . I learned that this newer Mrs. Mac’s doesn’t serve breakfast. So I had nice lunch starting with a cup of conch chowder,
It was my last afternoon in the Keys. So, after I checked in with my office back home, I relaxed at my resort the rest of the afternoon. After meeting some friends I returned to my resort to enjoy my last sunset in the Keys. The sun cooperated this time.
I love watching it disappear below the horizon. Here is a link to another gallery on my website with some more photographs of the sunset. Florida Day Seven. Key Largo. sunset February 18 2022.
Of course after watching the sunset I was hungry and had to eat. I returned to the Italian Food Company where I had a delicious Caesar’s salad
,and way to much, but just as delicious, dish of fettuccine with a salsa Rosa sauce served with shrimp. I like to eat. I was full this time so I returned to my room to edit photos, work on my blog and reflect on how quick me week in South Florida went.
“Every moment of life is unique — a kiss, a sunset, a dance, a joke. None will ever recur in quite the same way. Each happens only once in the history of the universe.” — S. Nachmanovitch