Here's another place I haven't visited in a while, the nature trail on Big Pine Key, off Key Deer Boulevard.
It's a large expanse of not too much, scrubby pines and rustling palm fronds, home to a gravel trail and a lot of informative signs:
It's named for the first warden of Key Deer, the man responsible for saving them from hunting and extinction:
Rusty could smella few things going on away from the trail.
It is a pleasant walk lacking only shade on a July afternoon.
He is very patient o leash and doesn't tug or struggle with me. He could easily chew through it in seconds if he felt like it.
A few years ago a controlled burn got out of control and burned more than a hundred acres, which is a lot around here and you can still see evidence of it:
For the most part the vegetation has recovered even though there many dead pine trees as a reminder of that bizarre week of burning:
The old mosquito control, a fish trench populated with fish that eat mosquito larvae:
Key Deer Boulevard. A couple of miles down there is Big Pine's supermarket and traffic light.