SUNSHINE DAY: CAUSEWAY TRAIL Looking for a great sunrise? Take a hike on the new Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. The 9.5-mile paved pathway that connects Clearwater and Tampa is an urban hiker's dream.You will find parking on both sides of the bridge. It's a little easier on the eyes if you start in Tampa (Ben T. Davis Beach) and walk west. You'll share the road with other walkers, joggers and bikers, so there's plenty of company. The 5.5-mile portion in Hillsborough County opened in 2013. The 4-mile extension, opened this summer, offers easy access to the Pinellas Trail and the Duke Energy Trail via Clearwater's Ream Wilson East-West Trail.You will find great panoramic views, including a good photo stop atop the main span of the Courtney Campbell, but be forewarned — it gets hot if you don't start early. Pack water, snacks and don't forget the hat and sunscreen. FRESH CATCH: THE SILVER KING When hard-core anglers rank the best tarpon fishing destinations, Boca Grande and the Florida Keys usually rank at the top of the list. But Tampa Bay, the state's largest estuary, has also long been synonymous with Megalops atlanticus , the "silver king" of gamefish.Summer is the time to fish for these chrome-bodied beasts, prized for their aerial acrobatics and fighting prowess. Local fishing guides usually work along Pinellas beaches off sight-casting to individual fish. First timers might be surprised to learn that tarpon, despite their large size, are relatively light feeders and prey upon surprisingly small organisms, including mullet, ladyfish, pinfish, grunts, crabs, threadfin herring and scaled sardines. Tarpon sometimes travel in pods of 100 fish or more and small groups of fish might be observed swimming in circles, or "daisy chaining," which most biologists think is part of an elaborate courtship ritual.Tarpon, thick-bodied monsters with mouths like 5-gallon buckets, are also known for their line-breaking and rod-snapping antics. While these fish can measure up to 8 feet long and weigh close to 300 pounds, the smaller fish, those in the 100-pound range, often put up the longest battles. The majority of recreational anglers practice catch and release since the fish is not considered to be of any food value. However, anglers can have them for trophy purposes at the cost of a special permit. The limit is two per day. KAYAK TRACK: CALUSA BLUEWAY Standing on top of Mound Key, a 31-foot high shell midden on the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail, you get a view that is normally only enjoyed by the residents of the condominiums across Estero Bay.Once the capital city of the Calusa, the Indians that ruled South Florida, Mound Key near Fort Myers had an intricate system of canals that allowed its residents to pull their dugout canoes right up to their thatched huts. Today, the dugouts are long gone and the canals are filled with sand, but sea kayakers can still get a taste of what life for the "Fierce People" must have been like by paddling the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail.The canoe/kayak trail, about 190 miles long, winds through some of Southwest Florida's most pristine waterways. This user-friendly canoe/kayak trail has easy-to-find markers, excellent maps and is ideal for a variety of day and overnight trips on the waters of Estero Bay and Pine Island Sound. To find out more, go to greatcalusablueway.com . PLAY IT SAFE: GATOR SMARTS An alligator attacked a woman on the Wekiva River earlier this month . How do you avoid becoming a statistic? The simplest advice is to be wary of water at dusk and dawn. But most confrontations with alligators occur in residential areas — canals, lakes, golf course ponds. Attacks in wilderness areas are rare. If you do get attacked, the best advice is to fight back. Gators look for easy prey, so if you struggle, you are more likely to get away. Go for the most vulnerable part on the alligator's body — the snout. Kick, punch, scratch, yell, scream and gouge its eyes. Try to stay above or out of the water, because once the beast gets you below the surface, it's all over.