After visiting Coral Gables, we traveled across the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne. The causeway is named for Eddie Rickenbacker - a WWI fighter ace and Medal of Honor recipient. Key Biscayne is home of the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. From its website (link),
Ponce de Leon named this area 'Cape of Florida' when he led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513. The Cape Florida lighthouse was completed in 1825 but was damaged during the Second Seminole War. The rebuilt tower, completed in 1846, remains the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. The island served as a secret meeting place and port for runaway slaves and Black Seminoles waiting to rendezvous with sea captains or board dugouts for a passage to safety in the British Bahamas. Although the lighthouse was built to save lives and ships, its unflinching light brought an end to this avenue of escape. In September 2004, Cape Florida was designated a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site.
We enjoyed lunch at Boater's Grill overlooking No Name Harbor.
We spotted a family of iguanas who ran away when people walked to the grill but reappeared when the coast was clear.
Next - the historic Cape Florida lighthouse.
Can you share an unusual name for a harbor? Pearl Harbor is Wai Momi (Waters of Pearl) in Hawaiian. One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, May 29, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 30, at SOS Aloha.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
My office bag enjoys the Florida sunshine.