“Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call…”
I’ve been around the world and back. No matter how far I wander, or all the amazing incredible things I see, no place quite holds the draw to my heart that Key West does. Maybe because its surrounded by water, haunted by spirits of pirates, and clothed in salty air. But it just feels like home.
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Art is everywhere. I am constantly reminded that nature is the greatest artist of all. Wherever you wander in this great wide world, there are secret treasures waiting to be discovered, hidden places anxiously awaiting the curious and the adventurous. Your own backyard or across the vast ocean, wherever you may be there is magic just waiting to be witnessed.
I recently walked with wonder, among ancient giants who guard our coasts. This is Driftwood Beach, on the remarkable Jekyll Island, Georgia. Isn’t it just spectacular?
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Yesterday was dreary, miserable and frigid. It was as if winter was trying to remind us that its not quite through with us yet. All those chilly drafts wafting through the studio had me wishing for warmer climates, salty air, a sunny beach and clear blue water.
Almost 70 miles West of Key West hidden among one of the largest Maritime preserves in the world, is just the beach I’m dreaming of. Dry Tortugas National Park, is arguably one of the most remote and most beautiful parks in the US. Accessibly only by boat or seaplane, just getting to the park is an adventure.
Spend the day snorkeling the reef and exploring the ocean front fortress of Ft. Jefferson. If you’ve ever imagined an island paradise, it probably looked an awful lot like this.
While a day on the island is satisfying, spend a few nights and you’ll never want to leave. Camping on the island is limited and primitive, but offers its own set of rewards. At the end of each day, when the boats board up, and the seaplanes depart intrepid travelers have a rare and unique opportunity, a National Park all to themselves. Without the interference of artificial light, stars over the water shine bright, and the ocean glows with the life light of bioluminescence. Its a once in a lifetime experience you will want to repeat time and time again.
The “Dry” Tortugas are aptly named for their lack of fresh water. Travelers who plan on spending a night are responsible for their own supplies of potable water and any other supplies they may need. Know before you go…get all the details you need by visiting the park’s website here.
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