This is Flamingo Marina in Everglades National
Park where we
launched the boat. You can see the ramp in the background to the
right. We came back here after a few weeks and stayed a few
nights before heading back out again to the Middle Keys. We drove
down to John Pennnekamp State Park and Key Biscayne NP while staying
here. We also walked several of the trails around Everglades NP.
|Before heading south we explored Little Shark River to the north of Flamingo. The marks leading into the river can be hard to find against the trees in the background. GPS makes this an easy task however. Once inside there are very few places where depth is a problem. Most of the marks are more to keep you on the right path than to actually mark a shoal or sand bar. We went all the way down to the southern reaches of Whitewater Bay and came back up Joe River. I dinghy'd to Flamingo from Whitewater Bay to get some more ice.|
|More pictures of Little Shark River area.|
|While sailing off Cape Sable,
this boat passed us heading South.
|This is just one of many
beautiful sunsets we viewed over Florida Bay. The best ones were
viewed from such places as Nine Mile Bank where the Sun sets over water.
|Lignumvitae Key is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can only visit this interesting state park when a Ranger can take you on a guided tour. This island is the highest elevation in the Keys. We tied up to the dock and learned about all the different types of trees that grow here.|
||Heading East through Bowlegs Cut
near marker "95". This is Northwest of Lower Matecumbe Key
|Heading East past the Jewfish
Creek Bridge (Highway 1)
||There were plenty of docks available when we reached Elliot Key which is on the Eastern shores of Biscayne Bay. This was very nice when we first got there, but the winds clocked around to the west and made it very rough the next morning. We will avoid this place in the future if there is any wind forecasted out of the west. There are nice Rest Rooms and cold water showers available here. The trails were nice but due to all the rain this winter, mosquitoes were more plentiful than normal for this time of year.|