Here is a good article about No Name Key I saw three Key deer as I drove along the main road on the Key. I had read it is possible to launch a kayak at ehe end of the road. The deer below was near the end of the road
This is where I put in, pushing the yak across the seaweed to floatable depth. Two or three posts in the water mark the spot. This dock was to my left. As 95% of the island is natural, I was glad for it so I would know how to find the launch site.
I headed south as that is where the wind was coming from. Much calmer than Thanksgiving and Friday had been, but I wanted it at my back later as I circled the Key.
I had not noticed the buck behind it. Until it stood up.
I was having a very nice morning.
The morning got better. Looking at birds in the shallow water, I saw something else.
Those can't be deer way out there.
It took about ten minutes to reach the deer, who were walking away from No Name Key.
Back to what I'm used to seeing in shallow water.
I paddled 45 minutes without any photos. Then, I thought I heard an exhale. Then I saw the dolphin. And another, and another. A pod of six or more.
I now know there are two large bays and a good sized island on the south end of No Name. Here's a map
Birds of No Name Key.
I stopped at my nephew's Bike Shop on Stock Island. The bike I bought Memorial Day weekend needed a few adjustments. Another customer was there, his bike on the stand. Evan came up to him, "John David, you need...." I thought the guy looked familiar. My niece's brother in law. Even if you are not a relative, you will get good service at Re-Cycle. Need a bike? You do in Key West, they will deliver to your hotel.
My next stop, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Beer and hotdog on the patio at the concession. I can think of just one other Florida State Park, Honeymoon Island, that serves beer. Nice view, above. After lunch I snorkeled. Three rock piles near shore offer interesting views. To bad the winds of the last few days made the water cloudy.