|Our early morning alarm caller!|
A bit further on, we saw our own manatees and ospreys.
|The not so slow resident tortoises|
We hadn't planned on paddling this part of our holiday, that was to come on our next leg, down in the Everglades. We've paddled this area a good few times before and we were really looking forward to it. Unfortunately the US Government had other ideas! They were on shutdown. The whole of the Everglades is a National Park and was closed. You'd think it would be impossible to close such a vast area, but no, they managed! So no paddling for us there. We were only there a couple of nights anyway, long enough to have one of their fabulous grouper sandwiches washed down with an ice cold Bud.
|A smiling local!|
|Little Green Heron|
|Enjoying Grouper pieces and cold beer|
|Hubby dear crossing over to Rattlesnake Key|
|Lunch stop on our own wee island|
|Crystal clear water|
|Heading into Largo Sound|
|Cutting through the channel|
Next day, up bright and early again and off for a couple of dives. I was a bit nervous as we hadn't been diving since last year, I needn't have worried. We went with Key Largo dive centre who were superb! Just Hubby dear, our dive master and myself. We were out at Molasses reef where the water wasn't particularly deep, 35 and 40', but wonderfully clear. Lots of fishes, eels, corals and sponges. Quite surreal looking up through the clear blue water to see a Caribbean reef shark cruising past in one direction and a large ray drift past in the other direction, just like being in a giant marine tank!
|About to be pushed in?|
|Last pic before the waterproof camera was no longer deemed waterproof!|
|Colourful Red Cardinal|