Caladesi Island

Trip Start Jan 22, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

As we have previously noted our campground is within a mile of Honeymoon Island which is a state park.  We have lunched and sunbathed and searched for seashells there during our two weeks in Dunedin.  Off the southern coast of Honeymoon Island, about 7 miles out, there is another state park called Caladesi Island.  You can only get there by ferry.  Jeff, Sandra, John and I decided to take a trip to Caladesi Island during our last few days in Dunedin. 

The story behind this island is an interesting one. In the 1880's Henry Scharrer and his wife were given homesteading rights on the island by Grover Cleveland.  They had a daughter Myrtle who, when she became of age, would row to the mainland each day to go to school.   Myrtle lived on the island until she was in her 90's and when she was 87 wrote a book about her life on the island entitled "Yesteryear I Lived in Paradise".  Originally part of a large barrier island, Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island to the north were formed in 1921 when a hurricane created Hurricane Pass, splitting the larger island into two parts.  The state park today is home to 3 miles of beautiful white sand beach and a variety of wildlife and nature trails. 

As we disembarked the boat and headed for the beach we came across the sign that Jeff is showing in the picture below.  Not 2 minutes later as we continued our trek down the sidewalk, John, who was behind us by 50 feet, yelled for us to turn around.  He and Sandra had been stopped on the walkway by an 8 foot (if it was an inch!) rattlesnake.  It was probably 12 inches around and slithered across the ground in a very imposing fashion.  All of us trying to make our way to the beach let the snake have right of way before we started out again.  Best to have a healthy respect for these critters.  Needless to say, we walked with our eyes on our feet for the rest of our stay on Caladesi Island. 
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