Places We Have Walked – Dog Island, Florida

We live on a great big beautiful planet and it is the goal of my wife Morgan and I to see and experience as much of it as possible. We have found that the best way to participate in what our earth has to offer; is walk up to it and through it.  Exploring unique or new places is always on top of our favorite things to do. One unique and pristine place is just off our coast in North Florida.

Dog Island Florida – this is the island you can see out from Carrabelle while traveling on highway 98 to St George Island. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your perspective) the only way to get to this Island is by boat (or there is a small grass landing strip). Located 3.5 miles off the coast, this 1,800 acre barrier island is relatively narrow and approximately 7 miles long. To me, if you want to find solitude, get away and unplug, this place in paradise is ideal. This is a mostly untouched oasis with no paved roads, no stores, restaurants or hotels. There are about 100 beach cottages scattered along the Gulf and Baysides with just a handful of full time residents.

Earlier this year, our good friend Tom invited Morgan and I to his beach cottage for an overnight excursion. We could not pass up on this opportunity, so we met him at the Marina in Carrabelle and jumped on board his boat for the short trip to the Island. I love being on the water, so this trip is agreat way to start and is always loads of fun.  It is really cool to watch a distant storm when you are on the water.

The beauty of “The Dog” as many refer to this island, is, here you can walk for miles on the beach and not see anyone. While at times the soft sand can be tough to walk on, it is well worth the journey.

Sunday Morning – We were staying near the east end of the Island and I awoke early and headed down to the beach to catch the Sun rising from the water. At sunrise there is something spiritual about walking on the beach. At this moment the world seems to be fresh and is just awakening; especially when it is just you, the sand, the water, the birds and the marine life.  Ah, time seemed to stand still; with no other noise but the wind and the waves. Could it have been just like this, going back thousands of years in time?

What is it about standing there with my eyes closed listening to the crashing waves that seem to take the stress right out of my soul? There is no substitute for this experience.

In the past, I used to go with friends on fishing trips from this Island. What I missed on these trips was taking the time to experience the magical part of the island.  This is slowing down, walking on the beach and taking in all the beauty the earth has to offer from this place called Dog Island.

This is truly one of the last places in Florida that is relatively untouched.

So grab a friend or family member, go for a walk and check out all the great things our planet has to offer.  We live near the coast so a walk on the beach is nearby.

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Gregg Patterson

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Sunrise on Dog Island

Sunrise on Dog Island

Tyler, Morgan and Tom scouting the island on the Bay side

Tyler, Morgan and Tom scouting the island on the Bay side

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