Brian and I found great trails on Stocking Island. After our venture to Volleyball Beach, we stumbled upon this very well marked ‘Treasure Trail.’ This way! I hope there is a big, black X at the end!
Here was a clear description of the Poisonwood tree. We’d read of these trees and been cautioned to avoid them, but until now weren’t certain how to identify them. We took a good close look and then proceeded down this section of the trail with our arms at our sides. Touching any part of the Poisonwood tree elicits a response similar to that of poison ivy; an itchy rash that can be more or less severe depending on exposure and location on the body.
Quite a unique rest stop. Here someone had made a trough for drinking water. However it was not intended for hikers. The water jugs stated “WATER FOR BIRDS PLZ ADD IF M.T.” Hopefully we’ll see or hear some neat birds, that would be a good start for our Big Year.
Our treasure hunt had ended. We kicked off our Keens and continued down the beach toward the monument. The trail to the monument was well marked at the bottom of a steep incline. The sun was just right so that when we looked up we half expected angels to be circling round. Maybe they’ll be waiting for us at the top. (Yea, and maybe there will be an escalator leading back to Fry Heaven…I’m starved!)
Welcome to the monument where we had a beautiful view of Stocking Island. The monument was once known as the Salt Beacon. When lit, it guided cargo ships into Elizabeth Harbor to Georgetown to retrieve salt that had been mined in Little Exuma and Great Exuma Island. (Thanks to Chat n’Chill for providing a nice history lesson as well as other local tid-bits on their website.)
Time to make our journey back to Rode Trip. We took the Intrepid Trail to Maries Trail. Here is the start of our trail (to the right side of this photo) as it meanders its way down the hills toward the beach. We think after today’s exploration that we can easily spend a few more days in the Georgetown area.