Thursday, May 1, 2014

Flying to the Dry Tortugas

We took a seaplane into the central time zone, to the Dry Tortugas, one of the more remote national parks. It's about 80 miles west of Key West.


Plane reflected on the floor of the Gulf:


I will post plenty more images tomorrow.


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Heron and Pelly

Pelly flying by, heron or great egret strolling by.





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Hanging 'round the house

Victor took a dip in the saltwater swimming enclosure, which was pretty deep, and too murky for his snorkeling mask to be useful.


Birds seen around the cottage and its neighborhood...love the Laughing Gulls.





Can you see the pelicans, below? Victor's faves.





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Turtle safety

We got to feed the turtles. :)
This was at the injured-bird facility. Assuming the turtles were somehow limited.








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Southernmost point

The marker, and the surf just behind the marker:





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Touring Key West

Random sights...the Conch Tour Train


A sandal manufactory


The hotel where Victor stayed in 1998. I say this hotel is not the one that he identified to me earlier in our stay.





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Freely wandering at the sanctuary

We don't have a sense of whether these birds were injured. They were at the sanctuary and were, obviously, not disturbed by humans.












Our guess is that the chickens, at least, are feral. Feral chickens are everywhere in Key West! It was startling for Victor in his first encounter with one. He was sure that he was mistaken when he saw a rooster wandering in a drive-up teller lane.


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