I have a feeling we aren’t in Kansas anymore.
Nope, we are actually in South Florida!
Likely unbeknownst to most, South Florida is not just a dense urban jungle consisting of beautiful beaches, exotic Latin nightlife, and kamikaze drivers.
Yes, there are actually massive areas of wild prairies and (mostly) untouched land stretching across the southern peninsula in between the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Rainbow Springs is located just over an hour south of Gainesville Florida, or just to the west of Ocala. It was the first stamp I received in the Florida Passport book. Only 174 more to go! This park had a walk up entrance counter as opposed to the normal drive up gates, and as I was walking up, I nearly pissed my pants.
Cayo Costa is a remote, completely undeveloped island that is entirely a state park in southwest Florida. It is the outermost island off of the coast near Fort Myers. This island is about nine miles long north to south and only a couple of miles across east to west. The landscape consists of massive oak trees, sabal palms, various seagulls and waterfowl, and of course wide, pristine white beaches.
There is no electricity on the island. No electricity, no lighting, no vehicles, and no buildings.
Hell yes! This was an experience I craved for 22 years, and I assume many other people have as well. An island covered in palm trees and cut off from the world where we can sleep by the beach, dance in the moonlight, and be away from the retarded, miserable, chaotic world and all of its problems for a while. (Or maybe forever…)