Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Honeymoon Island, Florida, 3/14/2017.

Honeymoon Island via Osprey and Pelican Trails, Dunedin, Florida, March 14, 2017.

Distance: 2.2 miles (loop)

Trailhead: The trail begins at the end of Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Boulevard in Dunedin.  There is a $4.00 fee for a single occupancy vehicle; $8.00 for more than one occupant. I've included a map at the end of this report. 

Hiked with RiverRunner and his sister.  The plan was to hike the entire length of the Osprey Trail (2.2 round trip). 

But it was not to be.

Parking area.

We parked at the picnic area (well marked) and headed onto the trail.

Trail is wide and easy to follow.

There are markers for every quarter mile, informational signs and nice benches on this trail.

At one of the mile markers.

We had the option of crossing over onto the Pelican trail, which skirts the edge of the island, but our hearts were set on finishing the Osprey trail. We saw several osprey and although there's a sign that indicates rattlesnakes inhabit the area, we didn't see any.

Suddenly we saw a fence across the path - this section of Osprey trail is closed!  Up high in the trees we saw two eagle's nests; one with two baby eagles' heads popping up! The park has closed this area in support of this feathered family.

The first nest is directly ahead; the second is behind and off to the right.

See the two baby eagles peeking out of the second nest?!

It was exciting to see the baby eagles and several people were there taking photos. RiverRunner suggested we backtrack and take the Pelican trail since we couldn't go any further on the Osprey trail. So we did.

The sandy Pelican trail skirts the beachy part of the island.

After a few minutes on the Pelican trail, we took a shortcut to the back loop of the Osprey trail.  We followed the signs back to the car.

We saw several osprey nests.

After the hike we relaxed on the playground at the trailhead.

Our route.

There are several shortcuts from the Osprey trail to the Pelican trail.