Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Welcome to Canaveral National Seashore

IMG_2344Canaveral National Seashore is located on a barrier island about 100 miles south of Jacksonville, Florida and our destination today (about 34 miles north from our RV Resort).  The beach at Canaveral National Seashore is the longest undeveloped coastline along the Florida Atlantic coast and provided us with an uncrowded seashore experience.  We enjoyed sitting in the warm mid-day sun on the beach for a few hours—not too hot-- just a touch of breeze coming off the cool Atlantic.  This is a popular spot for shore fishing and there were many trying their luck to catch pompano.  Large poles stuck in the sand line the beach as far as you can see.

IMG_2338Canaveral National Seashore has numerous Native American sites and we took a short walk on an elevated boardwalk to an enormous seashell mound left by a local tribe—probably the highest spot in Florida.  I am joking, but Florida is the flattest land we have ever experienced.  Mile after mile at sea level or below.

IMG_2343The wildlife in the seashore is wide-ranging. We dodged a few armadillos driving in, and I almost stepped on one as I was getting out of truck.  Again, hundreds of birds, often flying with a snake in their grasp for a quick dinner. Atlantic bottlenose dolphin or manatee are in the nearby lagoon (and it is called the Mosquito Lagoon for a reason) and every summer giant sea turtles return to lay their eggs on the beaches of Canaveral National Seashore.

IMG_2340Before entering the National Park, the Atlantic shore is lined with condos and beach homes.  All painted in colorful pastels.  With the occasional bait shack stuck in there.  Once the park boundary is reached, it is a wild bushy environment.  [The picture on the left is looking back towards “civilization” with the Atlantic on the right side of the barrier island and Mosquito Lagoon on the left—took the picture on top of the seashell mound.)  Another old Florida discovery.  There are some less crowded areas in Florida and this is one of them.  Less is good.

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