Dry Tortugas NP 🏞

This one has been a long standing bucket list location that I’m finally tackling.

I originally envisioned camping at this remote National Park but that is easily a 6-8 month out reservation request that I didn’t have the luxury to attain to.

So I picked a long holiday weekend to take a solo road trip down the 7 mile bridge all the way to Mile 0 in the elusive town of Key West.

With a hefty price tag for either the ferry or biplane to whisk you away 70 miles (or 2 hrs 10 mins) due SW, you have to be dedicated to getting to every National Park or just REALLY want to visit this once in a lifetime remote island. It is a mixture of history and a pristine marine ecosystem.

Crazy fact – there are 16 million bricks making up Fort Jefferson, which is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere. But this vantage point never saw battle and is slowly succumbing to the rough seas.

Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in all the hollow corridors and ducking the numerous storm waves that tried to wreak havoc on our day of solitude.

And conquering my 48th of 63 National Parks was a memorable day in the (not-so) sunshine state.

Published by elliottcm

Love adventure travel, work hard & play hard, happy in both extremes - relaxing on a remote beach or rappelling down cliffs, take joy in simple things, love being on & near the water, visited 55 countries & 47 states so far in this crazy beautiful life! Goals by my 50th birthday - 50 states. 75 countries. 50 national parks. Be in Antarctica on my big day.

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