Spotted a dolphin. In the other direction from where I was headed. Which is a fairly long paddle, so I turned, but did not follow.
Grassy Key and Snake Key (background)
Seahorse Key. Flat water. Almost perfect paddling conditions. Almost, as it is July, in Florida.
New stairs since my last visit.
The first time I visited Seahorse Key, there was a line in the hot June sun to go the top. Last time, I was the first one up. Had to unlatch the little door to get out on the parapet.
Cistern. The gutter comes from the lighthouse roof.
Had there been a long line, I would not have gone up.
The line was short. Only 3 people at a time can go up. I think I waited for two groups.
I find cacti growing in the chimney fascinating.
The lighthouse has not been used for navigation for years. I do not know what happened to the lens. The globe around the compact florescent is new since my last visit.
11:40 back on the Gulf.
I hit the bird jackpot. Snowy egrets, tricolored herons, is that a spoonbill partially hidden?
Magnificent frigate birds.
Looks like I found a pretty good birding spot.
Dock area at Seahorse getting busy. Glad I arrived when I did.
Final view of the lighthouse
I have a note that I saw a sea turtle on Saturday. When, and where, I forget
$53.50 worth of clams, red snapper, alligator and plums. Turned into 3 dinners, several lunches, breakfasts, and snacks. Still have clams left
My kayak from the balcony
Mini frigate birds!
Going to be a nice sunset
And building seas?
Waves crashed off the wall, as others came in. Looked like a washing machine whirring around. I set course up the beach to avoid the worst of it. Landed without incident. Did not have the opportunity to put the camera in the drybag, as the squall came up so quickly. As an angler I had seen said, "That came out of nowhere!"