We went on an adventure today with Sam & Carolyn. That's what we call it when we don't really know where we are going and barely have a clue, but have fun anyway. We were looking for Fort DeSoto and Carolyn thought she knew how to find it, but when we got over to St Petersburg on the peninsula we had to stop at a gas station to ask. The clerk didn't have a clue but someone else said take Hwy 19 to the end. We eventually found it.
The whole island of Mullet Key was a series of Forts and Batteries from the mid 1800's until the advent of airplanes. It was a major construction project since they had to bring everything over to the island by boat, including water. They needed lots of water to mix the cement for the concrete walls. This island was fortified to guard the entrance to Tampa Bay. To see more information, check this out.
We visited the interpretive center, and were awed by the Egrets and Ibis that were hanging out at the pond behind the building. There was even a stubborn Egret in the parking lot that was standing very straight and tall watching everyone drive past him.
There were some informative plaques around the area about the Strangler Fig Trees and there were lovely Hybiscus trees all around.
As we walked around the fort and up on the dunes, a beautiful sight came to our view. It was a pristine white sand beach and amazing blue green water of the Gulf of Mexico. I will never tire of this view. I pray that the oil spill does not reach here.