We kayaked to the park (it's an island) and didn't experience any of the trails because we arrived at an awkward time - 10:30 a.m. - and visitors aren't allowed on the trails without a guide. That was disappointing. We just missed the 10:00 tour and didn't want to wait around for the 2:00 tour. We did see the house/immediate grounds and learned some interesting history through photos and ranger anecdotes. Inside the house, I was intrigued by a display of different native hardwoods. It was remarkable to compare the Gumbo Limbo sample with the Dade Pine and Lignumvitae samples.
While in the keys, I was intrigued with a certain type of tree that had a metallic-looking trunk. We saw a number of them as we biked along the coast. The trunks varied, ranging from a silver sheen to copper to bronze. There were a number of them on the island and one of the rangers told me those are Gumbo Limbo trees. He explained more about the Lignumvitae as well.
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