Paul & Brad Make The Ultimate US National Parks System Visit:
Our journey to Dry Tortugas National Park, and Ft. Jefferson in particular, was a very long time in the planning stages (you don't just "drop in there") as you would, say The Great Smokies National Park, or The Lincoln Memorial. No, this remote National Park sits half way between Cuba & Key West far out in the Gulf Of Mexico! The location makes one just think to one's self, "what's it like over there?"
When the ferry boards (very early in the morning), for its sea-west destination, one can feel that this voyage IS different. There are not tourists on board, no these are true "adventurers!" They are a hearty and "salty" lot; loving the sea and loving the opportunity to travel where few venture...Our kind of people!
Leaving the Key West dock, one first passes Sunset Island, a bastion of enclaved $3,000,000 (and way up!!), yacht-accessed-only estate homes, that are the antithesis of the rough-hewn "pirate-like" adventure we were all about the experience over the next eight hours, but it was an excellent final reference point of comparison between the hedonistic civilisation we were leaving and the austere beauty we were about to enjoy "out at sea!"
The blue-green Gulf waters that appeared before our bow, successfully erased the memory of Florida's all-to-typical contemporary "treasure": many over-priced cement-stucco homes that successfully closes one off from their outdoor environment (in air conditioned comfort, of course!) rather than "embracing" the Technicolour©-hued water "scenery" that abounds all around these manmade "oases!" Pity, many people never see the Florida Keys from water level! This October day, we would be free of cement and walls, and allow the tropical Gulf breezes guide us to a wonderfully isolated and unspoiled Port Of Call: Ft. Jefferson on Garden Key at Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida!
What follows is our own photographic "essay" where the pictures WILL be worth those often-mentioned "thousand words!" (I think that our pictures are worth way more in word count as far as conveying, & capturing the atmospheric feeling that we experienced that lovely, warm day this past October!
These Memories Will Last Our Entire Lifetime...
Perhaps You Are Now Feeling That Dormant
To find more information on this remote yet fascinating National Park, I recommend visiting the official Website at Dry Tortugas National Park