Monday, September 21, 2009

Florida Keys Day 4, Part 6 | A sunset at Bahia Honda State Park

I had meant to spend more time at the popular Bahia Honda State Park south of Marathon, but the events of my final day (Day 5) in the Florida Keys scuttled those plans. Instead, at the end of Day 4, I paid the $4.50 fee for park access and watched the sun go down from a former railroad bridge over Bahia Honda Channel. A large gap prevents walkers from proceeding but affords boats free passage.

I didn't want to see another sunset in the crowded Key West on Sunday, so I made the late-day trip north to Bahia Honda. A couple of foreign tourists had gathered at the end of the span to watch the sunset alongside me. Otherwise, the state park was not crowded with other Labor Day weekend travelers.

Seeing no traffic at all, the disconnected portion of the railway bridge is a haven for pooping birds of all sorts. Gulls and pigeons obviously have made a mess of it.

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