Morning ride along abandoned rocket plant

We went for a morning ride along the Southern Glades Trail on South Florida Water Management land. For 13 miles, this trail follows the C-111 canal through a quiet wildlife area down to Manatee Bay. DCIM103GOPRO

Along the trail, we saw wildflowers, a low circling red-shouldered hawk, herons, one big gator, and lots of deer scat.

This is one of the trails close to the abandoned Aerojet facility in Homestead, near the eastern boundary of Everglades National Park. The Aeroject facility — along with its large canal that would barge space rockets from the facility to Cape Canaveral — was another tentacle of 1950s and 60s development winning out over Everglades stewardship. It was also in the middle of the US and Russian race to the moon. Time and nature though have begun to reclaim the now state-owned land.

It was a beautiful day, yet a little too hot on the open trail. Luckily, if you pedal just fast enough you can feel a breeze.

The trail is about a half-mile from the former Aerojet grounds. For some interesting photos, taken in 2010, of the remains of the long-gone rocket facility see this post at Abandoned Florida.

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