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Cayo Coasta Beach Camping Adventure



David and I packed some coolers and a tent. We parked the truck at a marina on Pine Island and took the Tropic Star Ferry over to Cayo Costa State Park.

Upon arrival, a manatee was in the water near the dock. I felt like he came by to welcome us to our adventure. The first night we heard rustling of an animal. Either a raccoon or rat managed to get into a food wrapper we obviously did not secure. We also heard an owl, saw a snake, watched the birds feed at dusk.

When the sun went down, it became cold fast! It was colder than I anticipated. Our air mattress deflated in the night. (which made us even colder). But then the sun came up and warmed us up. By mid day, it was hot and probably 70+ degrees. Thankfully, it never rained. There is no hot water for showers. BUT there are flush toilets.

We spent three days being connected to beauty, nature, simplicity and each other. I thoroughly enjoyed being remote and having miles of beaches to ourselves. We frolicked like teenagers during the day and the hobbled like grandparents at night 😉 LOL

What an adventure. Hiking trails and miles of beaches kept us busy. We calculated that in 3 days we walked over 25 miles. I have my little stash of shells. I found a sand dollar with lace-like edges.  It’s amazing.

If you’re ok with remote simplicity, this barrier island might need to make it onto your must-see list. There’s also an option to boat over for the day to enjoy shelling if you’re not into rustic camping.



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Perfect Campfire Cooking…or Backyard Dinner?


–Perfect Campfire Cooking–

Get charcoal briquettes in the fire pit. We had a mixture of wood and briquettes. We let them get hot for about an hour.

Cut Zucchini, Squash, Onion, Carrots, Broccoli into 1 inch similar sizes. Cut potatoes a bit smaller than other veggies. Cut corn off of the cob.

Mix well. Put contents in the center of 12″ by 24″ piece of aluminum foil.

Some in our group added meatballs. Some added chicken. It’s super flexible. Throw in what you like.

Drizzle with oilve oil. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder and pepper to taste. (You could use any seasoning you enjoy).

Close the packet as tightly as possible. Use a second sheet of aluminum foil to create a basket with a”handle”.

Put packets onto the grill and let cook about 20 min. After grilling, we opened and added steamed rice to our packets.

More than anything, it was fun (and healthy).

Now, can someone pass the bag of marshmallows?  😉