Another beautiful morning at the beach

A cute little black bellied plover was busy looking for food.

Standing on the pier, I could see this dog catching an orange frisbee way down at the other end of dog beach. He caught it every time. He was having a blast.

It was a good morning for the dolphin show at the gulf pier at Fort Desoto. The water was clear and calm and the dolphins were swimming close to it.

I headed up to the top of the fort to see if there were any birds hanging around the agave plants. I only saw a grackle. The little green huts cover the air vents in the fort underneath. I always expect to see little hobbits running around and living in them.

The view from the top of the fort.

Looking in the other direction, down towards the beach, you could see the people coming in for the day. This was around 10am so you know it’s going to be crowded by noon. It really is a little piece of paradise (Shhh, don’t tell anyone!).

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The fort at Fort Desoto

There is an actual fort at Fort Desoto Park. The fort was finished in 1900 and was used until after World W 2. Pinellas county bought the fort and surrounding area later and in 1963 it opened as a park. I don’t usually spend a lot of time there but one day in late October I wasn’t quite ready to go home for lunch so I thought I would climb the path to the top of the fort to see if there were any birds around.

You can rent bikes next door and I thought the bright colors popped against all of the green and blue.

Looking around the fort area, it reminded me of a picture I had seen looking through the old family photos.

Apparently I had been there when I was just a tot running around. It must have not been opened as a park long when we went because I was born in 1963. I must have less than a year old.

After the fort, I stopped by the fishing pier to watch the dolphin show.

At this point a storm was moving in and it was starting to drizzle so I quickly headed back to my car.

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“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale”


Approaching Fort Jefferson.


“The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle” Our transportation from Key West to the Dry Tortugas.  Just Brett, myself and a hundred and ninety something other shipmates.


“No phone, no lights no motor cars, Not a single luxury, Like Robinson Crusoe, As primitive as can be.”  Actually, at the time we visited, 10 people were living on the island full time. Several park rangers and their families. They built this make shift house into the side of the fort. They have all the same things I have in my home. Civilization is only a 2 1/2 hour boat ride away that is made daily. It’s weird to think about staying out here. Would you get lonely? You would hope everyone gets along.


Typical “Dead wood on the beach scene”. Brett said the wood looked like a swan.


“In the tropic island nest.”


Critters on a log in the water.


Critters on the sand.



Beach flowers were everywhere.


Walking along the moat wall.


On the top of the fort.


The other side.


The view from the inside. The water was amazing.

Fort Jefferson is old. You can read about it here. It was great to walk around and pretend you are the only one there. On your own private island.  After walking around looking for birds, having lunch on the boat and then swimming and watching the fish, we headed back to Key West. I’m glad our “Minnow” made it back okay. We had smooth waters both ways.

All “quotes” from Gilligan’s Island.

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