Home from Key West, time to tell the Thanksgiving Tales.
I was on the road before 6 am Thanksgiving morning. Stopped at John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo for the first time. Intended to kayak, but once I saw the east wind blowing the waters from Largo Sound through the narrow launch area, I decided it was not a good day to explore Pennekamp. Back on the Overseas Highway.
35 miles later, I stopped at Long Key State Park. Figured the trail in the shallow lagoon "Long Key Lakes"
would be a good windy day paddle. In the water around 11:30.
Went off the Trail, down Zane Grey Creek to Long Key Bight. The rough seas caused me to turn back as soon as I took the above photo.
I saw a few distant white shapes as I launched, unknown ibis or egrets, a few kingsfishers, cormorants, and an ibis. No photos. Had to take a pic of one of the vultures circling the nearby landfill just to get a wildlife shot.
I was approaching the launch site when investigated those distant white shapes.
For a paddle that had no birds for 90% of the trip, it ended up well.
I had turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, stone crab, oysters and a clam. Had to save room for desert. Brownie and blueberry pie.
I spent the night at Arlo's and Ashley's. Rested up for day two of my four day Turkey Day weekend.