My favorite spot? That’s easy. Charlie Pass, where I can slow down, find solitude, and reconnect with nature. Something special happens here where the sun, sand, and surf meet. Something special happens to me. By becoming unconnected from my wired, internet world, I reconnect with the real world, the natural world, and for a brief time things become clear, simple, manageable.
Charlie Pass serves other purposes. It makes for a perfect “Day at the Beach’ when the kids and grand kids invade. The fishing is good, if not great most days. Then there is bird watching, shelling, sunset and navel gazing.
Where is this favorite spot, you ask? Charlie Pass is a narrow strip of beach at the southern end of North Captiva Island which is one of the barrier islands along the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. In 2004, category five Hurricane Charlie’s fury cut the island in two. The resulting small inlet or pass was dubbed Charlie Pass by the locals. Time and tides have since closed the pass. What remains are skeletons of toppled trees on the Gulf side and a large area of salt flats on the Pine Island Sound side teaming with life. A variety of wading birds stalk the flat searching for fry fish, fiddler crabs, and other crustaceans. The shelling along the white sand beach on the Gulf side is some of the best, and since the island is accessible only by boat, Charlie Pass is never crowded and often deserted, especially in the summertime.
Below is a short multimedia slideshow with ambient sounds I shot on a recent summer’s day. Just to give you a peek at my favorite spot.
onthegowithlynne (my favorite travel writer) featured Charlie Pass in an earlier post of hers. Why not check out Summer Solitude.
You can see others Favorite Spots here.