Blue Turtle Cruising

Dinghy trip to Mound Key

With the dinghy already in the water from yesterdays trip to New Pass, we decided to go out again today. Johnny and April tried to find Mound Key a couple weeks ago with no luck, so Randy decided we would go there and show them where it is. Randy and Corey have been to Mound Key several times, but I never had been either. So Corey drove Johnny and April’s dinghy and Randy and I went in ours. We decided to make it a morning excursion for just a couple of hours so we would get back before the afternoon showers.

Mound Key entrance
Mound Key entrance

Mound Key Archaeological State Park is a Florida State Park, located in Estero Bay and is only accessible by boat. It most likely began as a flat mangrove-lined oyster bar and was built up by the Calusa Indians in the 1500s. The mound is 30 feet high and is believed to be built from seashells, fish bones and pottery. There are trails around the island to take and they lead up to the top of the mound. From the top, you can barely see a sliver of Estero Bay. The hike was nice, though a little warm and buggy, and we saw a lots of banana spiders and a gopher tortoise.

Arriving at Mound Key by dinghy
Arriving at Mound Key by dinghy
We saw several of these banana spiders throughout the island
We saw several of these banana spiders throughout the island
A shy but hungry gopher tortoise forages for food
A shy but hungry gopher tortoise forages for food
View from the top of the mound
View from the top of the mound
We reached the summit!
We reached the summit!
The cove as we headed out to Estero Bay
The cove as we headed out to Estero Bay

After touring Mound Key, we piled into our dinghies and headed toward Big Carlos Pass to go to the beach at Lovers Key. After we beached the dinghies, we walked around some and saw a couple of sea turtle nests with tiny baby turtle tracks leading from the nest to the water. Corey was happy running the beach and skim boarding. It was a nice way to spend a Sunday morning.

Corey drives April and Johnny to the beach
Corey drives April and Johnny to the beach
Beached dinghies at Lovers Key park
Beached dinghies at Lovers Key park
Corey shows us his mad skim boarding skills
Corey shows us his mad skim boarding skills

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