We departed Central Florida on November 30th armed with sunscreen, Jimmy Buffett CDs, citronella candles, a Thermacel, and bug repellent. The tent that we would be using was equipped with a full-coverage rain fly and no-see-um resistant screens. Our first stop was Curry Hammock State Park located near Marathon Key. The camp site was spacious, and the small park surrounded by calm blue green water was beautiful. We enjoyed picturesque sunrises, warm sunsets, and nightly views of bright stars, often shooting across the sky. Cool breezes blew over the park constantly and the insects were of minimal concern.
We spent days cycling the island exploring nooks and crannies. From atop a portion of the old railway, we watched kayakers and sailboats pass through the channel and viewed sharks and stingrays in the water below.
Hawks, kingfishers and other birds were abundant in the area. Midweek, we took the bikes and cycled a portion of the old Flagler railway to Pigeon Key. This key once housed operations and workers during the Flagler railroad construction period and many buildings are still intact. Today, the five acre key is a museum and marine science center.