|Preparing to unload the kayaks - Indian Key is in the background|
We dropped the kayaks in the water at MM 77.5 and parked Oscar nearby and headed out. Waters were calm and sun was bright and we had packed a lunch! What a great day to be on the water.
When we reached Indian Key we decided to paddle around the key before landing. Much of shore line, especially ocean side is very rocky and rough.
|The rocky ocean side shoreline behind BJ|
There was no fresh water on Indian Key, then or now! Today you bring your own water but it the day they had elaborate systems for catching and collecting rain water. Most buildings had cisterns underneath them and there are still remnants visible where the buildings stood. They also had above ground cisterns for storing water and some of them are still there!
|One of the cisterns used to store rain water!|
The streets are still there and the state has added some historical markers as well as the original street names to help you get a feel for what this busy town was like in the early 1800's!
The Native Americans were not too happy with the settlement and attacked it several times. The 1840 attack was particularly devastating and marked the end of Indian Key as a community. Many of the survivors moved their business to Key West and several years later the US Navy took over Indian Key as a supply depot because it had good deep water docks of which no trace remains today.
|Deep water docks use to extend seaward from here!|
We walked around the key enjoying the weather and sights and I found a geocache I was looking for, the only one on the Key! And we found a nice shaded spot for lunch.
|A geocache found!|
|This was the town Square back in the day!|
We decided to do some snorkeling on the way back but it was a little too shallow and only the grass beds to see so we gave up after a short while on that!
|A Jelly checks us out while we were snorkeling on the way back!|
Always at home, no matter where we are!!