A Hidden Secret National Park in Florida

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    Aug 28, 2016 4:50 AM GMT
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    NYT: It was a fitting entry point to Dry Tortugas National Park, a remote archipelago about 100 miles north of Havana. It is among the least-visited parks in the United States National Park Service, drawing about 70,000 visitors last year, nearly a tenth of the number who visited the Grand Canyon in June alone. Whenever I mentioned that I was going there, I was met with blank stares, or envy at what was assumed to be a luxurious Caribbean getaway.

    That is understandable — they are far off the beaten path. But the Dry Tortugas are significant. Their unusual location — in an eastern pocket of the Gulf of Mexico — makes them what is known as an “indicator park” for climate change. All threats are measured: warmer temperatures; the intensity and frequency of tropical cyclones; and rising sea waters, which, along with rampant development over the past 20 years, have affected the Everglades, just 100 miles away. They are home to otherworldly, intact constellations of coral reef, as well as many fish species like angelfish and blue tang.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/travel/dry-tortugas-national-park-florida-keys.html?
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    Sep 05, 2016 10:32 PM GMT
    When I took a trip to the Florida keys 2 years ago, I contemplated visiting there, but to reach the park seemed like a massiver undertaking for my short amount of time I was in the area. No doubt it is beautiful and surrounded by those gorgeous waters, but looking at this picture, I can't help but wonder..... is that it? I mean to travel land, air and sea..... for that? hmmm. It looks like something that could perhaps be covered in an hour...or two if u stayed for a picnic. Am I mising something here? Aside from the military base thing, what else does one do in this park? Being that it can only be reached by boat.
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    Sep 05, 2016 11:41 PM GMT
    I think if you read up on it it was a prison for Civil War prisoners of war. So there are historic reasons to have it as a National Park. Soon, it may likely disappear with rising ocean level.
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    Sep 06, 2016 3:30 PM GMT
    LDRunner saidWhen I took a trip to the Florida keys 2 years ago, I contemplated visiting there, but to reach the park seemed like a massiver undertaking for my short amount of time I was in the area. No doubt it is beautiful and surrounded by those gorgeous waters, but looking at this picture, I can't help but wonder..... is that it? I mean to travel land, air and sea..... for that? hmmm. It looks like something that could perhaps be covered in an hour...or two if u stayed for a picnic. Am I mising something here? Aside from the military base thing, what else does one do in this park? Being that it can only be reached by boat.

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