On the third day of our vacation, we took a seaplane to Dry Tortugas National Park, which is about 70 miles west of Key West. I'm not a fan of little planes, but a seaplane seems safer to me, I guess, because I rationalize that it can land on the water if it needs to make an emergency landing.
The flight was really fun and we got to see great views of Key West and the surrounding waters. We were able to see sharks and turtles from the plane; unfortunately, I couldn't get any good photos of those, but here are a few from the flight.
An old shipwreck:
I really like the water is so vast and empty here. It is pretty abstract.
The shadow of our plane:
There's really not much at the Dry Tortugas National Park, except for Fort Jefferson, a mid-19th century military fort.
You are allowed to walk on top of and inside of the fort.
The weather at Dry Tortugas National park is very hot and windy, causing the trees to grow like this:
Dry Tortugas National Park is considered one of the best places in the world to go birdwatching. Here is the list of birds that you can find there. I don't know anything about birds, but our guide told us that these birds never land, which I thought was interesting. I just did a google search to find the name, however, and found several websites that say that there are no such bird that doesn't land. Oh well. They are still cool.
After walking the fort, we went snorkeling, but I don't have any pictures. I have to say, though, the snorkeling was not good at all, but it was still refreshing to be in the water since it was so hot out. Then we headed back to the plane for our trip back to Key West.
Back in Key West, I saw this little guy, and he is so cute that I just had to post his photo.
After we rested and cleaned up, we headed out to Mallory Square for our last night in Key West. Mallory Square is a great place to catch the sunset, so all the tourist go there. There are also lots of street entertainers there for a few hours before the sunset. It's kind of cheesy, but still fun.
And here are the obligatory sunset photos: