By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 1/22/2021
Occurred: 4/26/2016
Topics/Keywords: #Places #65thBirthdayTrip #BlueHole #BigPineKey #Florida Page Views: 313
All about the eighteenth day of my 65th Birthday Trip.

Today we left our camping gear on Summerland Key (Pirates' Cove) for an intense inspection of Key West.

Travel Day 18
Point of Interest Blue Hole, Big Pine Key

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It was our intention to spend the day relaxing, or at least keeping close to our campground. But in looking at the map of Big Pine Key, I spotted an unsually-named feature that sounded worth checking out. It was called the Blue Hole, and was the remains of Flagler's quarry from which he dug the limestone used for the bed of his railroad. It had filled in, and a fresh-water "lens" made this the largest of several freshwater ponds in the Keys.

I was hoping for a swimming opportunity, when Keith spotted a good reason to stay on shore. (Look at the left center to see the little guy.)

Back at camp, we had a pelican drop by.