|Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower|
Later on the drive north, Larry ducked off to a road that ran parallel to the shore line. We only had a hundred feet or so to view the beach.
|An unknown - to me - Florida key shore|
|just off shore... Double-crested Cormorants and Brown Pelicans|
|A little jog on the beach|
|You can very-nearly-almost see semipalmation, i.e, webbing, on its toes|
|Beware of hitting Key Deer|
There are two things one looks forward to when visiting the Florida Keys, the second being seeing Key Deer. The Key Deer are the scaled down version of White-tailed Deer, that are nearly always endangered, certainly because among other causes, they seem to get hit by cars a LOT.
We had our eyes peeled for mini-deer, but it wasn't until our last day a few were located, lolling about on someone's lawn.
|Key Deer are about the size of a German Shepard dog|
|Key Deer fawn|
|Fawn and buck, with antlers in velvet|
For lunch our group dropped in on a small diner, located kitty corner to the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge on Big Pine Key. While everyone else enjoyed a nice sit down lunch, I was off fumbling and fooling about in the Refuge Visitor Center. I got a stamps for my Blue Goose Passport book, a couple of t-shirts and, as I broke the bank, I was gifted with a free reusable Refuge satchel for toting my booty.
|Best refuge toy section EVER!|
|Oh, and also had educational exhibits like the gator (top) and crock (bottom)|
|...got 'nuff meringue there Butch?|
In Key West I had a 'so-so' slice of pie at one of our Key West suppers, but it was mostly melange and though tasty, for me it just wasn't quite the real deal. One of us asked a waitress where we could get a really good slice of pie and she told us 'real deal' could be found in a different, but delightful form, on our drive north.
I was worried we might shoot past the pie location without seeing it, but as you can tell below, no way one zips past this confection of a building without noticing it.
|Best Junk food E-vah!|
Then HUZZAH! We found what we looked for - FROZEN, chocolate dipped key lime pie-on-a-stick! OHMYGAWD, OHMYGAWD, talk about delish. This frozen confection was totally worth the week long wait.
|Additional view of the lusciousness that is frozen chocolate dipped key lime pie...|
|Cave Swallow shoot past at speed of |
|Note that lovely chestnut rump|
|My best-of-day Cave Swallow shot|
Common Myna Dusky Seaside Sparrow Mangrove Cuckoo
Black-Whiskered Vireo Monk Parakeet Spot-breasted Oriole
Egyptian Goose Nanday Parakeet Chestnut-fronted Macaw
Gray-headed Swamphen Smooth-billed Ani Bachman's Sparrow
Short-tailed Hawk Gray-cheeked Thrush Antillean Nighthawk