Rusty came looking for me; it was time for a walk.
We went to the Bat Tower on Sugarloaf Key. Bat Tower History Link
I wonder how much longer it will last, untouched and battered by all weather:
It remains photogenic and largely ignored except by those who know where to find it, near Sugarloaf Lodge.
The old rat guards are almost worn through. Those would be the bits of rusty metal above Rusty's head:
They needed bats to eat mosquitoes in the surrounding swamps which never were developed:
Nowadays the land is all roped off. Very efficient and severe.
My favorite piece of wiggly road in the Lower Keys, a quarter mile of asphalt between the trees on the way to the Bat Tower.