Cayo Costa

As I write this I’m up in the air on my way to Kitchener, Ontario. After 7 weeks in Calgary, we’ve now packed up and moved on. During those 7 weeks in Calgary, I finished up my schoolwork for the summer and went to my brother’s graduation. Once I sent all of my last minute work on to my teachers, I pretty much closed my laptop for a long while. Instead, I spent a lot of time reading, as I said I would. I broke my record while reading the Harry Potter series and managed to finish all 7 books in just over a week and a half. Sheer bliss. This is the reason I haven’t been blogging as much, I didn’t want to worry about the pressure of uploading. Between my last post and the present, I’ve done a fair few things. One of the most beautiful days though was when we were in Florida and went out in a friend’s boat to Cayo Costa, which is a little island off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s paradise there with the stereotypical yet stunning white sands and turquoise waters.

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The boat ride up was an experience, as the water was a little bit rough as we were attempting to reach the island. Luckily I was in the back so I didn’t get too wet, but it was quite a bit of fun trying to hold on to the pitching boat beneath us. I did get sprayed a fair few times but that was nothing compared to the people riding in the front. We went swimming on the beach anyways, so it’s not like it was a huge loss. Once we actually got to the island we got to wade ashore because since the island is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, there’s not a public dock that you can get off at, but the water was marvelous

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I so wish we could’ve made multiple trips, but the day that we did manage to go up to the island was incredible. It was a photographer’s dream and the opportunities were just endless. As soon as we arrived we began walking along the island through some intricate driftwood taking many pictures along the way. We set up camp by the boat and had a picnic lunch in and amongst many swimming trips. My goodness, I could have spent forever in that water. It wasn’t cold whatsoever, but it also didn’t feel like bathwater. It was the perfect temperature, on a perfect Florida summer’s day.

There were shells everywhere and the atmosphere was just one of peace, serenity, and joy.

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The weather in and of itself was absolutely stunning because of the shining sun and the salty breeze. It was a great place just to decompress and relax in nature. Because it’s away from the city, there aren’t any distractions and you can literally just lie on the beach doing nothing. During our time in Canada I’ve begun to appreciate the blessing of just being in nature, and letting your mind wander. Doing nothing and just breathing in your surroundings is more satisfying than you may think, and something I think we often take for granted in our modernized world. Cayo Costa, I can say with full confidence, was a perfect place to get away from technology (besides your camera) and have no worries other than when you’re going to go in the water again, and whether or not you can find a sand dollar.

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Honestly, the pictures just speak for themselves. I mean look at this!

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So, I’m just going to leave these here…

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I hope you liked reading about my day at Cayo Costa. Sorry about the lack of posts up until now, but I’ve got lots more coming!

~Abby

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