Yesterday was the first time that I was able to hike the Lind Point trail since before Irma. The lower trail that begins behind the National Park Visitors Center is clear all the way to Soloman and Honeymoon Beach. A big thanks to the residents and volunteers who cleared the trail for all of us to enjoy.
The trail itself is in pretty good shape. The grass in many areas is overgrown, but it’s not a big deal. There is also mud in some spots due to the rains we’ve been receiving, so it’s a bit slippery in some areas. As long as you are careful, it’s a very doable hike.
The first beach we stopped at was Soloman. I had heard from several people that it was “gone” but I had to see it for myself. To be honest, it was not a happy sight. The area where the trail hits the beach is now littered with coral, many good size pieces of brain coral, and even some concrete. As you walk to the western end of the beach, there is a small swath of sand. The western edge of the beach is now very rocky. And sadly, the three palms that stretched out toward the water are gone.
But on the positive side, the water looked beautiful. And although Soloman itself has changed, it too is still beautiful.
From there, I hiked over to Honeymoon Beach. The first thing I noticed was that one of the very large trees that stood near the trailhead head been uprooted and was on its side. I walked over to the beach, and it looked stunning! It appeared to be longer and wider in many spots. The drop-off now, however, is nearly five feet in some areas due to erosion.
There was a lot of work happening in the area, which was a great sight to see. The National Park rangers said that the large root systems of the trees beachfront saved it from further erosion. They also said that the corals we saw over on Soloman were likely from the reef right off of the beach. (That’s what I figured, but I wanted to confirm.) Lastly he said that the Christmas Winds will likely bring some more sand onto the beach. So it’s possible that Soloman will be sandy once again. Fingers crossed…
I also chatted with a friend of mine who works over at VI Ecotours. He was on site cleaning up the beach hut near Caneel’s snack shack. He said that the were readying it to reopen in a few weeks, which is great news. He said that beach rentals will soon be available, as will cold drinks. More great news! He also said that stairs will be installed so people can get down to the beach safely.
Again, thank you to those of you who cleared the trail. Yesterday was a great day, and I thank you all for that.
Have a great Monday everyone!