Does Craig look like he is enjoying retirement?
I snapped this picture of hm as we were setting out for a walk on Saturday afternoon. To my eye, he sure doesn't look like a 70 year old!
After great sleeping weather overnight, the sun warmed the day to an almost perfect temperature. I started with a jacket, but took it off after a very short time.
Our three mile hike was through the scrub and freshwater-swampy areas of the island. There were lots of blackbirds making their squeaky hinge call that brought back memories of springtime in Wisconsin.
We have seen tall grasses before, but none that quite matched these. If I'm 5'7", the grass had to be 12' tall.
There are many trees that died from hurricanes that went through this area. Some of them support osprey nests. This one seems to have been taken over by a heron.
Even when we don't see animals on our walks, we keep an eye out for signs like tracks in the sand and scat. This was quite fresh and right in the center of the path.
We wondered what critter left it. No dog would have eaten that many wild berries. It seemed way too big to have been from a raccoon or coyote. Could it possibly have been a bear? We know that Florida has bears in many of its parks and that the Florida black bear is much smaller than some of his northern relatives.
We asked a volunteer if there were bear in the park, but he said no. Noting that all of the mammals had been wiped out in the last hurricane. I said, perhaps a bear had come back, but he questioned where the bear would have gotten the $1 for the bridge toll!
Another good one!
Sunday was a tourist day. In the morning we spent some time exploring the old fort.
They are a bit hard to see on this picture, but stalactites are forming where the water is seeping through the lime on this structure. The white on the right side is a curtain-like formation similar to what we have seen in caves.
In the afternoon we headed over to Pensacola to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum.
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