HISTORY OF KEY BISCAYNE FLORIDA

WOW, Long time since I have made a post. Melissa has been doing a very nice job posting as of late. My long awaited post on the history of Key Biscayne Florida is here.

The little barrier island of Key Biscayne is right off the Florida coast next to Miami. It is not part of the “Florida Keys”. As you may recall they are at the extreme southern end of Florida and are made up of ancient coral. Key Biscayne is made up of millions of years of sand, and debris deposits, just like most of Florida is. It is also very small about 1 mile wide and 5 miles long.

A thousand years before Columbus sailed, the “Tequesta” inhabited the island. They were coastal fisherman, and navigated in there dug out canoes between the island and the mainland. The first to really discover this area was “Juan Ponce De Leon” in 1513 as he was sailing from Puerto Rico to find cities of gold. He landed here because of the islands distinctive location and the fresh water and firewood here, then claimed it for Spain and called it “Santa Marta”. The king of Spain then gave the island to Pedro Fornelis a native of Minorea.

Ponce De Leon

Ruthless Killer

But 50 years later in 1563 the ruthless Pedro Menendez de Avila took refuge from a hurricane on the Key. Avila had been on an expedition ordered by the King of Spain in which he was to establish the settlement of St. Augustine and massacre any French protestant “heretics” nearby. Avila established relations with the Tequesta. A mission was built, with Jesuit priests and soldiers left behind to ensure the heathen Tequesta became proper Christians. Before long the Tequesta and their new Spanish friends weren’t getting along, and well, you can guess how that one ended. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, many a Spanish galleon laden with gold met its demise on the treacherous shoals and reefs off Key Biscayne . Much of the treasure is still yet to be found. At some point, the place became known as Vizcaya (Biscayne) when a sailor from that Iberian region was shipwrecked on the island. Hence the name.

It was a prominent landmark for the earliest navigators in American waters. In the mid 1700’s pirates ruled the area, and made the island there home as it had fresh water and a hidden harbor. Any ships not escorted by war ships were easy prey. Not till the first part of the 1800’s did the fledgeling U. S. navy get ride of them. By that time Spain ceded Florida to the United States in 1821. As a result of this, Mary Ann Davis of St. Augustine purchased the island from the Fornelis family for $100. The Davis family sold three acres to the U.S. Government for a military reservation for $225. 1822 saw the first light house put up at the southern most end of the island. Times were tough then on this tiny island with even the light house being burned down in 1836 as part of the Seminole Indian war down here. In 1847 it was rebuilt farther inland and made 95 feet tall. During the Civil war it went back and forth in Union and Confederate hands till finally just before the war ended it fell into Union hands for good.

Up until almost 1900 there we few people on the island besides the light house keeper and family. However in 1893 a guy by the name of Waters Smith Davis(Son of Mary Ann Davis) inherited the little island. He surveyed the land cut timber down ,and built a house on the southern end called “Cape house”. The first private water front home here. He then planted a huge pineapple and coconut plantation, which covered most of the island. . In the early 1900s, Dr. William John Matheson sailed his yacht from New York to Key Biscayne, befriended Mr. Davis, began buying up land and soon began draining swamps and building roads. A unnamed 1926 hurricane however submerged the island as the eye passed directly over the Key. Restoring the plantation was costly to the Mathesons. W.J. Matheson died of a heart attack in 1930. He had divided the ownership of his land into a northern half and southern half. Each of his three children, Hugh, Malcolm and Nan (Ana Wood), owned one-third of each section. The plantation was not pretty much destroyed. In the 1940s’ then County Commissioner, Charles Crandon, persuaded W.J. Matheson’s heirs to donate 680 acres of the island for a county park called ” Crandon Park” on the northern tip of the island, in exchange for a bridge. When the Rickenbacker Causeway opened, it sparked a boom. Also In the 1940s the island was the location for several movies including “They Were Expendable” with John Wayne. The films capitalized on the Key’e appearance of South Seas islands with its groves of palm trees.

In 1950, the Mackle Company purchased Nan’s southern third of the middle of the Key and built 289 cement block homes targeted to veterans with attractive financing. Also built on the ocean were the Key Biscayne Villas, later to become the Key Biscayne Hotel and Villas. A shopping center was built and land was donated for a school. With great success, the Mackle brothers – Frank, Bob and Elliot – purchased more land and developed more homes up to Heather Drive Even today they make up more than half the single-family houses on the island. The Key Biscayne Hotel opened in 1952. Today the remaining “Mackles” homes are well over a million dollars to purchase.

The Key Biscayne Hotel and Villas hosted many famous celebrities and politicians. Vice President Richard Nixon stayed there and was part of a famous meeting with John Kennedy occurred when Kennedy defeated Nixon in 1960. When Nixon was elected President he established the “Winter White House”, a compound of Bay Lane properties on Biscayne Bay .Key Biscayne had become the “Island Paradise”

As the village grew, it needed more space, a massive sub division was planned for the bottom third of the island. A man by the name of Bill Baggs got wind of this and wrote a series of articles, on why it should be turned into a park, a state park better yet. So the sub division was off, and in 1966 the state bought the lower park of Key Biscayne and opened Bill Baggs Cape Florida State park. A far cry from what it is today however, not many roads into it, not even a good beach, NO BEACH. The park was covered in Austrailian pines which are dirty and nasty trees. The draw however wad the light house, which a lot of people wanted to see. In 1978 it was rebuilt again, modified, a new keepers cottage, and some trails put in. As the years rolled by the village grew, with more people coming in to visit and live.

Proposed subdivision

Then in 1992 everyone’s little quaint world here came to an end. Around here they call it pre 1992 or post 1992, WHY, Hurricane Andrew, that’s why. It decide to pay a visit to the little island paradise, which was not a paradise after it left. The cat 5 hurricane saw the northern eyewall of the storm hit Key Biscayne hit right at Bill Baggs, and inundated the area, wiped out almost all of the invasive Australian trees, along with everything else. However it was a blessing in disguise. Although it took years to get ride of all the trees and set up the park as it is today, it did one fantastic thing, where there was really no beach there became a beautiful sandy beach along the Atlantic side of the island,. today it is still one of the top 10 beaches to visit in the country. How do you like that, Nature at it’s worst and finest.

So there you have a condensed version of the history of Key Biscayne.



Friends we got to see along the way . . .

My Dear friend Mary, whom I’ve know from school, and her husband Don, spent most of the winter in Florida and we got a chance to meet up with them at Ft. Pierece.

Ft pierce is a 340-acre Florida State Park located just north of the Fort Pierce Inlet.  It consists of beaches, dunes and a coastal hammock between the Atlantic Ocean and the waters of Tucker Cove, an indentation of the Indian River Lagoon. It’s a smaller day use park with activities like fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, birding, scuba diving and snorkeling and there also is a half-mile beach.  “Surfing is also very popular here because of the different windswells from distant groundswells hat makes for good surf.”  I have no idea what that means, but it sounds good.

Mary & Don treated us to lunch for our anniversary at Sharky’s restaurant in Ft. Pierce, it was very good! The time went by way to fast as it always does when your visiting with old treasured friends that have been part of your life thru good and bad. Love you both!

Old Friends,  old clothes,  old books. One needs constants in a traveling life.

— Dorothy Gilman

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We also got to show our friends Barb & Bill around Bill Baggs!

We met Barb & Bill at Pennekamp State Park in 2019 when we were all volunteering for the first time. We also got to spend time with them volunteering at Pennekamp this year. They came up to visit us for the day at Bill Baggs. We walked around the park and took them to the Ligthouse and cabin.

We all walked up the lighthouse stairs to see the beautiful view!

Bill & Barb treated us to a very good dinner at the Boater’s Grill inside Bill Baggs ! !

We had a great day showing our good friends around the park! Looking forward to seeing them in Key Largo next year for more good times!

Greeting from the Village of

Key Biscayne is an island village, four miles long and two miles wide, located south and east of downtown Miami. The village is connected to Miami via the Rickenbacker Causeway. Key Biscayne is home to two miles of beachfront plus two major parks, Crandon Park and Bill Baggs State Park.

The East side of the village is on the the beachside. The beach goes from Crandon Park beach to Bill Baggs State Park. The village side on the beach has either condos, apartmernts or luxury hotels, some with a beach access. I walked or rode my bike and took a few pictures and checked it out.

Some of the hotels and condos along the beach side, with the library mixed in.

The west side of the village has the businesses and behind them are the private homes.

Pictures of some of the businesses we see when entering and leaving the park.

In the Village Green they have a very nice dog park that has artificial turf instead of grass.

Fire Department and Village Hall photos

These are the Mansions, private homes, a lot of them are on the canal or have a beach access. There is no poor section in the Village.

I copied this from a magazine article I read. “The Village is home to approximately 12, 600 people and a variety of luxury real estate including oceanfront condos, such as the ultra, ultra-luxe Oceana Key Biscayne, along with single-family homes. The island holds a distinctive, cool vibe complete with locals getting around by golf cart. “The Key,” as most refer to it, also offers a variety of shopping centers including retail and office space, along with many parks, recreation, a public library and one of the most prestigious private schools in South Florida, MAST Academy. It is truly a tropical paradise, an island retreat of swaying palm trees in the cool breezes off the ocean and bay, and with blue skies and sunny beaches.”

And another article I read said this- “Key Biscayne is always showing up on different lists as one of the most expensive places to live or vacation in Florida.   The folks here are plain loaded. The average price of a home being  $ 1.7 million bucks., The media income for a family is $135,000. And the people here are by far the smartest in the entire state, where more than 3 out of 4 people has a college degree.  And they’ll be the first to tell you they can be snooty doing so.  There are also several snobby hotels here, include the Ritz-Carlton, The Ocean Club and The Grand Bay.

Instead of a Village News letter, they have a magazine

Two different outlooks on Key Biscayne for sure. I can only say I have seen both sides especially volunteering at the gate. But all in all I definitely can’t complain. It is a truly beautiful park and staying at Bill Baggs for free has been just an incredible experience!

Biscayne Bay is the site of unique collection of stilt houses. Their colorful housing structures are perched on sand flats a mile offshore from Bill Baggs State Park called Stiltsville. You can see them from the park along the Bay side.

These structures  are accessible only by boat.  There were actually a total 27 structures in the 1960s.Unfortunately there are currently only seven stilt houses in total.  The numbers have been whittled down through the years by fires, storms and hurricanes.  Hurricane Betsy destroyed many of the structures in 1965 and by early 1992 there were only 14 left. Then came Hurricane Andrew, which destroyed 7 more.

The first stilt shack was built in the early 1930s, but some Dade County historians say that there were a dozen shacks in “the flats” as early as 1922. 

Crawfish” Eddie Walker built a shack on stilts above the water in 1933, toward the end of the prohibition era for gambling, which was legal at one mile offshore. He sold bait and beer from his shack. Thomas Grady and Leo Edward, two of Eddie’s fishing buddies, built their own shack in 1937. Shipwrecking and channel dredging brought many people to the area and more shacks were constructed, some by boating and fishing clubs. Local newspapers called the area “the shacks” and “shack colony  King Crawfish Eddie’s original shack was destroyed by the late-season Hurricane King of 1950. oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

The Calvert Club was the first social club built at Stiltsville constructed during the late 1930. It was said to be a major tourist attraction in Miami.

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 In 1940, Commodore Edward Turner built a large house on a barge and pilings near Crawfish Eddie’s and named it the Quarterdeck Club.

When it opened in November, membership cost $150 by invitation only and the club became one of the most popular spots in Miami. It was a Men’s Club, a kind of play-boy club, men showed up with women who weren’t their wives, and local newspapers began running stories and photographs of parties with celebrities. The club’s popularity grew after an article about the club appeared in Life magazine on February 10, 1941. Hurricane Donna in 1960 damaged most of the structures in Stiltsville, including the Quarterdeck Club, then the building was completely destroyed by a fire in 1961 that burned all the way to the pilings.

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In the late 1950s, twelve workers from the Miami Springs Power Boat Club purchased a sunken barge for $1, re-floated it and towed it to Stiltsville, where they grounded it on a mudflat and built a structure and docks for use by their club. Hurricane Betsy did considerable damage to the barge in 1965, so club members invested in concrete pilings, which still remain in place. Thousands have visited the Springs House over the years, including Boy Scout troops and Optimist Clubs. Several television commercials have also been filmed there It was one of the seven remaining structures here.

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In 1962, a businessman/scam artist named Harry Churchville grounded a 150-foot yacht named Jeff in the mudflats of Stiltsville and turned the boat into The Bikini Club.  Alcoholic beverages were offered for sale, with free drinks to women wearing bikinis. There was a sun deck for nude sunbathing and staterooms could be rented for any purpose. The Bikini Club was raided by the Florida Beverage Commission in the summer of 1965, and closed down for selling liquor without a license. On September 8, 1965, Hurricane Betsy destroyed most of Stiltsville and severely damaged the boats upon which the Bikini Club was based. In 1966, what remained of the Bikini Club burned to the waterline

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Family Time

In it’s prime Stiltsville had many family homes. Where families got away from the city and come to a place that was magical. A place where you could fish and swim, the ultimate water front living. Especially being able to feel the ocean breeze coming in from all sides in the hot and muggy summer. This was a great place to be because it was before air conditioning.

1976: Stiltsville.

The remaining 7 shacks in Stiltsville

The Ellenburg House
The A-frame house has telephone poles to make the A shape
Baldwin, Sessions & Shaw house

Leshaw house
Bay Chateau house
Hicks House

Miami Springs Power Boat Club / also pictured above
Miami Stiltsville Biscayne Bay Park from above

When your at the Bayside of Bill Baggs by the seawall that is where you see Stiltsville, a mile away from the shore. We walk past it all the time and I still think about what used to be. All the stories I have read about, some good and some a little risky, it’s a very alluring place with much history. These houses were some of the most coveted places back in the 1960s & 1970s. The Stiltsville houses in Miami continue to be a major attraction for today’s visitors. The houses have been featured in films including Miami Vice, Bad Boys II, The Absence of Malice and novels by Carl Hiaasen and Les Stanford and others. “It’s like being on a boat without the rocking.” Since the mid-2000s, the structures have belonged to the National Park Service, the park at one time wanted the owners to destroy their homes thus the Stiltsville Trust, a nonprofit organization was created to care for and maintain each of the remaining seven buildings and uphold their legacies. From what I have recently read you can rent a shack overnight or for a party.  Also if one of the buildings is 50% or more destroyed by fire, storms, etc. you cannot fix it. I know that a lot of people love and care about this place and it is something that they cherish as a big part of their past.  Someone said that “at a whim Mother Nature can erase all of Stiltsville, and once it’s erased, it belongs to the Bay.  “So we need to treasure it for as long as we can.”

New novel about Stiltsville I’ll have to read

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Boating and now Kitesurfing are definitely a thing to do especially in Stiltsville where you can take a boat to one of the shacks and take off and kitesurf!

kitesurfing in the distance

Kitesurfing, I’ve watched them from afar and see them sailing

on by and it looks so enthralling. I know I couldn’t do something

that daring, maybe when I was young? No way, who am I kidding!

TRAVEL PLANS NEXT 2 YEARS

We have been setting up our travel plans for the next two years, and pretty much have it figured out. Cooper is in agreement with our plans so all is right with the wrold.

Until March 31st 2021 we will still be here at Key Biscayne.

Gulf Shores State Park Alabama – April 1st to April 10th

Buckaneer State Park Louisiana – April 10th to April 12th

Houston Rv park Texas, April 12th to April 14th

Jellystone Park Kerrsville Texas April 14th to April 16th

Maraton Rv park Texas April 16th to April 20 here we will visit Big Bend National Park

Mission rv park El Paso Texa April 20th to April 25th here we will visit Carlsbad, and Quadaloupe National; Parks

Coachlight Rv park Las Cruses Texas April 25th to April 29th here we will visit White Sands national park, and other places.

Katchner Caverns State park Benson Arizona April 29th to May 12th

Butterfield Rv Resort Benson Arizona May 12th to Sept 12 th here we will enjoy the summer and take one day or multi day trips to places while leaving the 5er in place.

Sept 12th till Oct 8th travel to the lower part of Colorado, not sure yet where we will stay.

Oct8th to Oct 15 make our way back to John Pennecamp in Key Largo

John Pennecamp State park Oct 15 to Jan 5th 2022 workcamp

Tampa (near) Florida Jan 5th to Feb 5th (not sure where yet)

Lower Florida (Where??) Feb 5th to March 1st

Bill Baggs State park Key Biscayne Florida March 1st to May 31st work camping

May 31st to June 3rd travel up to Savannah Georgia

Creekfire Rv Resort Savannah Georgia June 3rd to June 10th

June 10th to June 20th travel back up north to our home base in Newfane NY

Home base NY June 20th to July 31st

Travel out west to Utah area July 31st Aug 10th

Utah area Aug 10th to Sept 31st

Travel to the lower part of Arizona stay for the winter till end of March 2023 From there we do not know yet.

As you see from above we are work camping again next winter. After that we will take a break from work camping for a few years and see how it goes. Things may change but for now this is our plan.

THE ROAD AHEAD WIDE OPEN AND FREE

Lighthouse Keepers …..

kinda, sorta to some extent?

Since the Key Biscayne Lighthouse & cabin have been closed at Bill Baggs, due to covid, Dave & I were asked if we wanted to clean it up a bit and we have. So we are taking the title of Honorary / Temporary “Lighthouse Keepers.”

Let’s start with the Lighthouse Keeper’s cabin

front of the cabin

side of the cabin
Back of the cabin

A lighthouse keeper had a very hard and different kind of life. I would only want to be an Temperary / Honorary Lighthouse Keeper.

Cleaning up a bit

Girl’s room with a doll on her chair
Boy’s room with a straw hat on the cabinet

And now the lighthouse ....

There are109 steps to the top of the Lighthouse and then on to a watch room

Inside we go

When you step out on to the top railing on the very top you see this …..

You can see the cabin from this view

A bit of History . . . .

The lighthouse left over from a not-so-kind history of Indian attacks, Civil War battles, pirates, hurricanes and other harrowing and heroic times in Florida history, and it’s a treasure that has withstood more than its share of wear and tear over the decades.

It is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County, though it has been reinforced and refurbished several times since its original build in 1825.

Initially built as a 65-foot lighthouse with wooden stairs, the Cape Florida Light was initially build to guide sailors and serve as a lookout to protect the area from the pirates, Indians and other invaders that had been posing dangers to Florida throughout the 1700s and early 1800s. The first keeper and his family moved into the lighthouse’s cottage, becoming the first American family to reside in Key Biscayne. There are now 109 steps on the narrow spiral staircase that takes you to the top of the Lighthouse.

Eleven years after opening, while the keeper and his family were away, a band of Seminole Indians attacked the tower, burning all of the wood structure inside and pillaging the cottage. It would be several years – well after the threat of Indians had subsided – before the lighthouse was rebuilt and operating again. 

Lighthouse keeping is not for the faint-hearted. Keepers live in isolation, endure violent storms, and must be ready to respond to the occasional shipwreck. They have to be self-sufficient, handy, happy with their own company, and comfortable with heights lighthouse attendants often faced

Until the invention of the light bulb, the “light” at a lighthouse usually came from a flame. If the fire escaped control, catastrophes happened. Rescues  were made frequently by the lighthouse keeper or any family member, if they had family there.  Before widespread electricity and automation in the 1960s, some keepers began floating their lenses in liquid mercury. The keepers would  breath and touch the mercury on their daily cleaning rounds. Modern scholars have proven that chronic mercury poisoning causes confusion, depression, and hallucinations. Some lighthouses likely attracted some folks who had trouble fitting into society, but being very isolated, especially if no family was there, you suffered from extreme Isolation and depression.  Lighthouse keepers didn’t leave the lighthouse, they had supplies brought by boat, some only a twice a year and only getting off the island every 2 years or so. 

Mouthfuls of molten lead, wild weather, and insanity: the occupational hazards of an early lighthouse keeper.   Amorina Kingdon

If you ever saw the bizarre movie The Lighthouse, this could explain a little of it.

LIFE Is a Beach

Yep, life is a beach, unlike the rest of the country, shivering, freezing cold, miserable, and dealing with a pandemic, here it is beautiful, everyday, and most people do not seem to know a pandemic is going on. It has been in the low 80’s mostly sunny, everyday, with a few days of 88 or so, and very little rain. SO what to do. Well, walk on the beach of course. We walk a few miles on the beach with our feet in the water, and take a dip in the ocean here and there, rinse and repeat. As to the pandemic, we are right on the flight path for the Miami airport, every 5 minutes or so, planes take off and come in for a landing, ALL day. Hoards of people are here, most wear masks, a lot don’t, 6 feet apart forget it. SO, again what to do, we just grin and bear it ,HA Ha. Besides dealing with that, it really can’t get any better here, and we are having a great time. For now Ya all take care now, ya hear.

Off to the beach . . . .

I’m not bragging, maybe just a bit, but …….

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is an award-winning beach!  Cape Florida’s 1.2 mile-long sandy beach is so spectacular that Dr. Beach has repeatedly named it one of the top 10 beaches in America. Dr. Beach (aka Florida International University professor Stephen P. Leatherman) praises the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park beach for its “clear, emerald-colored waters and gentle surf on a fine, white coral sand beach.” It is, he says unequivocally, “the best swimming beach in the Southeast.“  Bill Baggs State Park has predictably made it to the Top Ten Beaches in America for the last ten years running, but this little oasis barely 15 minutes from downtown Miami, is more than just a beach.

Dave & I go to the beach, our front yard, to relax, take a walk a dip and just frolic in the Atlantic, where the ocean as been the perfect temperature.

Some of the different beach accesses

After a hard day of volunteering 🤣 We had lunch at The Lighthouse Cafe, in the park, and then off to the beach.

Beach access from the cafe

this access is wheelchair accessible

These pictures of the beach are from the lighthouse to the section where the hotels and condos start. You can actually continue walking from Bill Baggs beach to start of the island, Bill Baggs is at the end.

“Your only worry should be if the tide is going to reach the chair.” – Zac Brown

BISCAYNE

It has been a great haven/harbor for us, as well as being somewhat diverse.

I definitely love our little corner of Bill Baggs State Park in Key Biscayne at the end of the island in a little corner of the park, near the administration building.   There we have a short  path to follow from our RV. If you go down the path take a right and head north it goes to the ocean harbor of Biscayne Bay called No Name Harbor and you will see a beautiful sunset.  A short distance the other direction headed south you will see a lighthouse and a beautiful beach on the Atlantic Ocean where you can see a gorgeous sunrise!   

The path from our RV to Biscayne Bay and to No Name Harbor. At the end of the harbor is Boater’s Grill a very good restaurant inside Bill Baggs state park.

“To me the sea is a continual miracle; the fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships with men in them. What stranger miracles are there?” Walt Whitman

We take the same path to see the sunsets.

If you are in a beautiful place where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset, then you are living like a lord.”
Nathan Philips

For my birthday Dave took me to ……….

Just a hop, skip and a jump from our RV, it was very good!

If you take the same path from the RV going straight and then left heading south your going to find lots of good fishing spots, Stiltsville, a sea wall and a lighthouse at the end.

Kite surfing and Stiltsville, a whole new blog story.

And that is on the harbor side of Bill Baggs, I haven’t even gotten to the lighthouse or the beach!

KEY BISCAYNE ONE MONTH IN

We have now been here one month plus a few days, seems a lot longer than that, not sure why. Two months to go, then off to see the wizard !!!!. Melissa, and I along with Cooper are doing good. One thing for sure is that we are doing way more walking, biking and hiking than we ever did when we were in Key Largo, which is a good thing. For the remaining time we are here ,we will now be working, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Melissa will be at the gate and open the park and work from 7:30 to 1:30. I am in shop and maintanance, and kind of do my own thing. When a project comes up i go do it, other than that i really do not have a set schedule time wise, could work 4 hours one day and 3 the next. They really, i do not think know what to do with me. You see normally the volunteers here, which there is only two couples would be working at the light house during there shifts, but it is closed. Closed due to Covid, so no one can go into the light keepers cottage or go up the light house itself, which is really a shame right now.

One thing to share is a lot of people ask me what is the single most found item while picking up trash, and by far it is plastic bottle caps. They are everywhere, in the ocean, on the beach in the grills, all over. The second most thing i find is, a surprise even to me , but it is those plastic (Green) teeth flossers, thingies. After they use them people just throw them on the ground. There you have it.

I do have to say the park here is beautiful ,we walk just a little bit and we are at the beach or along the sea wall at the bay. The other day we rode our bikes into town , I got a hair cut and Melissa explored a little, then we took a long walk on the beach i think 3 miles, and i finally did it, I dove in the ocean, it was a little cold, didn’t stay in long ,but it was refreshing. We have also now walked the beach at dusk along with Cooper, when the park is closed, it is pretty neat seeing the stars coming out and the light house lit up, will be doing that again for sure.

That’s about it for now, maybe my next post will be more interesting.