Random Sights and Canaveral National Seashore

Continuing to make my south I stopped at Fort Matanzas National Monument but the ferry that transports visitors to the island where the fort is located was closed due to wind. The nature trail was open however, and I had a refreshing stroll along the short boardwalk that led through a lush coastal hammock.

Nature trail at Fort Matanzas National Monument, Florida

Nature trail at Fort Matanzas National Monument, Florida

Another noticeable stop that day was a quick walk on Flagler Beach, notably for its striking dark amber colored sand, which is a contrast to the white, powdery grains that are prevalent in Florida.

Dark amber sands of Flagler Beach, Florida

Dark amber sands of Flagler Beach, Florida

My next stop was Canaveral National Seashore, a protected area of barrier island and lagoon that is home to rare hammock ecosystems and plentiful wildlife as well as wild stretches of sandy shores. The southern end of the barrier island is reserved for the famous Cape Canaveral Space Center.

Eldora Hammock Trail, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida

Eldora Hammock Trail, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida

Gnarly tree, Eldora Hammock Trail, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida

Gnarly tree, Eldora Hammock Trail, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida

Eldora Hammock Trail, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida

Eldora Hammock Trail, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida

Beach, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida

Beach, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida

Dunes, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida

Dunes, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida