Sunday, 18 December 2011

Dry Tortugas National Park

We first visited the Dry Tortugas National Park many years ago and wondered if our return visit would live up to our expectations, it absolutely surpassed them.

Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the 7 islands that make up the Dry Tortugas National Park are 70 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico in a protected marine area. 
This was our view of Garden Key and Fort Jefferson as we arrived on the National Park Ferry.

Fort Jefferson was used as a Union prison during the Civil War.   Dr Mudd, the physician who treated John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Lincoln was imprisoned here.

The only campground (in the trees) in the park is on Garden Key, it’s a very primitive campground and you really do pack it in and pack it out, including all your water.

We strolled the 6/10 of a mile round the moat and saw some lovely fish on the way round.

This is how the walls of the Fort looked until they were restored, unfortunately funding has run out so it is not known when restoration of the final wall will be completed.

The powder magazine.

The lighthouse on one of the bastions, there is also a path around the top of the fort.
Bush Key.

Have fun, we are!

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