Sunday, August 1, 2021

Little Hamaca Lunch

Yes I know it looks fearsome and I wouldn't really mind if it kept people away but that isn't in the spirit of public open spaces. I can only say with certainty I have never seen any crocodiles at Little Hamaca, though I have seen these signs all over the place.

The sort of wildlife I encounter is a family like this one out for a picnic. Rusty doesn't much like chickens and will cross the street to avoid them ever since a broody hen ran him down on Appelrouth Lane a few years ago. 

Aside from the perils of being eaten by dinosaurs, Little Hamaca is a good place to go for a little wander and imagine yourself far from civilization on your lunch break. 

You aren't actually far from civilization because the main path through the woods is well built for your convenience.

Check out these magnificent leading lines, known to some people as handrails. I could  come out here even when I was in a wheelchair ...

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and look at the clouds through the trees.

Or look down at the dark waters under the mangroves.





Little Hamaca is named for the term given by early Spanish explorers to humps of dry land in the middle of Everglades marshes. They asked what those clumps of trees were and the natives who lived there called them "hammocks" which mean sleeping places because they hung their beds between the trees that grew out of the dry land.

The Spanish, who had little time for the original residents took the term "hammock" to mean the sleeping arrangement not the entire clump of dry land. Confusion all round of course so today we call string beds hammocks and we give the same name to stands of tall trees growing out of the marshes on mounds of dry land. This billboard would have told the story had it survived Hurricane Irma:

Little Hamaca is the last original stand of mahogany and other dry land trees that grow in the middle of the flooded salt ponds behind the airport.







The boardwalk ends at the Rivera Canal which cuts through New Town, west to east,  to the Cow Key Channel next to Stock Island.





If you want a dock behind your Key West home you can get one here, for a price of course, on Rivera Drive or on the north side of the Key West at Hilton Haven Drive.

Aside from the woods you can also spot the missile battery antennae left over from the ancient Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962:

Back to the car, back to work, rested and relaxed.