Sunday, November 10, 2013

Titusville - a trip to Canaveral National Seashore

A pristine shore
For our last day with the car over the weekend we decided to visit the Canaveral National Seashore. It's a stretch of 24 miles of undeveloped beachfront property. What I didn't know is that it's home to nesting turtles, over 7000 nests this year, an all time record! We've been going to Ocean City, NJ for the past several years during the summer with the kids so the view of the beach here is very different. As far as the eye can see, there's nothing but sand and ocean. The sand is different here too, it is more coarse - as if the beach were still being built by the waves.

A walk to the top of Turtle Mound - a 50 ft oyster shell pile
There's a 50 ft high mound in the park called, Turtle Mound that was built up by the Indians from 800 to 1400 AD mostly from oyster shells. In a land where everything is flat, a 50 ft high hill looks huge. The park service built a wooden pathway to the top of the mound, a wonderful walk through the woods.

He was scooting across the road
At our next stop, Castle Windy, we saw an armadillo cross the road before parking the car for the walk along the trail. He didn't stay around for a photo op but Ann snapped him just before he disappeared into the brush. I never tire of the sights along a Florida trail that are so different from New York, it still mesmerizes me.

A walk just like the Indians did over 1000 years ago, right through here!
I'll turn the car back in on Monday and get down to boat work for the rest of the week, whether in a house or on a boat, there's stuff you've got to do.