3/22/22 - Marco Island, FL
It was a bit cooler this morning when we woke up, so after breakfast we all put on our suits and went to the hot tub. We had fun but didn’t stay too long because it didn’t take long for the day to warm up. At the van we packed up things we would need for a day away and left the campground not knowing exactly what was in store. We decided to drive to Marco Island. We knew before coming to this part of Florida that we might want to rent a boat to explore the little islands around Marco Island, but we didn’t reserve a boat soon enough so they have been a little hard to find. On our drive there today Nick made some calls and may have secured one for tomorrow, but they let him know that the wind is high on the sea, so there is a small vessel warning (meaning they can’t send boats out.) We’ll just have to wait until morning to see what happens. So for today we found a beach that looked fun called Tigertail Beach and decided to go there. We loaded up the wagon and pulled it out to the beach which actually turned out to be an inlet from the ocean. The ocean-side beach was across that inlet on the other side of a smaller island. There was a spot shallow enough to wade across and we watched
lots of people do it. It seemed to be just above waste high for most people. We set up on the inlet side of the beach and Ozzy and Fitz started to blow the bubbles we brought. The wind really did most of the work. We played around there for a while before we decided to go for it. We were going to cross the inlet! We left most of our things behind. Enzo was already asleep in my arms so I took him and Nick took Fitz and Oz. Then we started to cross. It really wasn’t that bad for me and Enzo. I just lifted him up high in my arms and he stayed dry (and asleep.) Nick and the big boys were ahead of me and they seemed to do great! Nick had Fitz on his shoulders and held Ozzy’s hand. Once on the other side we had a bit further to go along a marshy trail before we arrived at the beach. It was beautiful. White floury sand along the crashing waves. It was high tide, so it’s probably even more beautiful when the water is lower (the beach was pretty narrow.) We only stayed a short time. I was worried about Enzo sleeping in the hot sun for too long and we really just wanted to come see it anyway. All of our beach stuff was left behind. So the kids ran around on the sand for a while and then we went back the same way we came. Everything was smooth returning as well. It was a fun as adventure and we were all glad we did it. We were all hungry so we packed up and went back to the van. I fed and stayed with the kids there while Nick went back to the beach to fish for an hour or so. When he came back it was about 5:00 and time to go back to the campsite. When we got there it was so hot we were all a bit sluggish. The kids played while I made dinner. Nick showered and put Enzo to bed. I took the older two for showers after that and tucked them in bed. We’re hoping for another fun Marco Island day tomorrow!