The Island of Cayo Costa, Unspoiled Florida Beauty

The Florida State Park of Cayo Costa is located right across Boca Grande Pass to the South and is accessible only by boat or ferry. It had been almost 15 years since I’d visited and I suggested it for a 3 night family getaway right before Thanksgiving.   Cayo Costa has both camping cabins and a tent area, but even in cabins, it is rustic, primitive camping experience.  There is no electricity on Cayo Costa. No water at your cabin or campsite.  There are bathrooms and water is available there.

We decided we’d take the parents 17 foot Scout to the island, traveling from their home in  Englewood.   Loading the truck was a chore with a huge cooler, giant tent, a load of firewood, fishing stuff, clothes for three, cooking gear and “W” the nickname we applied to wine.  This was one vacation where everything was lugged.  We lugged the stuff outa the truck to the dock at Jim and Faye’s, staging it for loading the boat in the morning.  In the morning, we lugged everything to the boat and loaded it carefully so that it wouldn’t sink. Finally, we were set to run to CayoCosta, about an hour away by boat.. Continue reading

Driftwood on the Oregon Coast

Driftwood makes me swoon.  I know its weird maybe, but its me. Plentiful driftwood, like one finds on the beautiful Oregon coast sends me to another dimension.  Beclecto Oregon driftwoodDriftwood, I believe, even inspires  Mother Nature’s artistic spirit. She  takes a raw log, a gnarly root  and  a bundle of branches or  bark,  bathes it  with waves, polishes it with sand, then turns it out on a beach to let it bask in the sun to provide rich contrasts between light and dark. Continue reading