Little Talbot Island, Florida

by Kim on June 11, 2014 · 30 comments

Our job takes Brian and me to a lot of interesting places that we would probably never see otherwise. It’s one of the things I like best about this new gig- exploring the lesser known parts of the U.S.A.

Some cities/towns/campsites/shit holes we love and others we can’t leave fast enough. And we never really know what we’re getting until we arrive. Sometimes that works against us and sometimes, like now, we are delightfully surprised.

We have a set tour schedule so we always know where we need to go next. But we never know quite where to stay. So we spread the atlas out and find a campground within an hour’s drive of our presentation. Then we circle the campground on the map and point our car in that direction.

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That’s how we ended up at Little Talbot Island State Park on Florida’s north coast. And this little island has quickly become one of the best places we never intended to find. The entire island is a beautiful state park with more than 5 miles of pristine beaches, salt marshes and forests. The campground has hot water and clean bathrooms. In other words, we have everything we need here.

I want to give you a little glimpse into life here on Little Talbot Island.

SylvanSport camp

Our campsite set amongst the mossy trees. The insects chirp and the birds call all day and night long.

shells

I’ve collected dozens of shells on my morning runs and evening walks with Brian.

fresh strawberries

Fresh strawberries for breakfast, bought on the roadside of nearby Amelia Island.

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This is where I started reading The Girl With The Pearl Earring.

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And this is where I finished reading The Girl With The Pearl Earring. (I’m under the Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter
best beach shade ever).

cannonball jellyfish

A recent Nor’easter has churned up the water and hundreds of Cannonball Jellyfish float in the ocean and the nearby salt marshes or have drifted to shore.

crab

Crabs scutter endlessly about.

beachshells

The shores are perfect for seashell hunting.

chair on the beach

This abandoned and rusted old chair intrigues me endlessly. How long has it been here? I call it ‘the ghost chair’ and I don’t dare sit down in it.

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When the heat of the day gets to be too much we escape to the shade of the trees.

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Sunset has not disappointed us yet. The cool breeze that blows in at dusk is always welcomed.

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Watching the sunset over the salt marsh at our campsite.

Every once in awhile we find a place that we vow to come back to. Little Talbot Island is one of those places. Life is slow here, peaceful, and this island has been the perfect place to retreat to as we mourn the loss of our beloved dog Bear. It will be hard to leave.

 

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Carmel June 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

How was the book? How are the mosquitoes?

Looks like a little piece of paradise.
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Kim June 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

The book was good. I was intrigued after hearing an interview with the author on how she came up with the story.

The mosquitos were TERRIBLE. I doused myself in DEET the entire time. That helped only a little.

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Patti June 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm

If you’re near St. Augustine, FL, it’s a fun place to spend a day exploring – supposed to be the oldest town in the US. We really enjoyed our stay – and there are beaches as well.
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Kim June 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Okay, good tip! We can’t make it this time but hopefully next time.

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Rhonda June 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm

all I can say is WOW. Thanks for sharing. We will have to check it out for ourselves some day.
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Kim June 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Perfect place if you ever drive that home-away-from-home to the east coast.

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Adena Harford June 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I wanted to ask about the mosquitoes, too haha. Sit in that CHAIR!
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Kim June 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Yes, the mosquitos are (were- we have since left) TERRIBLE. Especially at dusk. Brian always takes the brunt of it, poor guy. He has been trying to stave off the itch with Tiger Balm.

I can’t sit in the chair!!! What if some unseen soul is already sitting in it???

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Karyn @ Not Done Travelling June 11, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Then ask him to move! I’m sure he’ll oblige!
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Kim June 12, 2014 at 5:48 am

Ha! I don’t know about that…

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Don June 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

The picture of the shade tent looks so cool!!!

I’ve decided it’s my life mission to convert you to a Sounders fan!!! ;)))

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Kim June 12, 2014 at 5:46 am

Haha, good luck Don!

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linda June 11, 2014 at 11:36 pm

This looks like such a nice and relaxing place to visit sum-day. Love the forest feel and the ocean on the other side.

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Kim June 12, 2014 at 5:48 am

Yes Linda, it is a beautiful place.

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Karyn @ Not Done Travelling June 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm

This place looks so cute! It’s the kind of place you could live if the weather was the same all year round.
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Kim June 12, 2014 at 5:49 am

Totally. I would live there except for the summers! I am not a heat person so I couldn’t handle that, but the winters on Little Talbot would be perfect.

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Sarah Somewhere June 12, 2014 at 7:06 am

What a beautiful place to slow down, reflect and heal. I am so glad you found it when you did xxx
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Kim June 13, 2014 at 6:28 am

Funny how that always happens and I find the perfect place to relax right when I need it.

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Aurora June 12, 2014 at 8:09 am

Even though I am not much of a beach person, that certainly looks pretty appealing as compared to NYC right now…. Thanks for the pictures.
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Kim June 13, 2014 at 6:29 am

I’m not much of a beach person either, but the weird thing is I am always so HAPPY at the beach. So maybe I am a beach person after all?

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Renee June 12, 2014 at 8:38 am

Ooh! I little gem I didn’t know about here in FL! Apart from the mosquitoes, it does look divine. :)

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Kim June 13, 2014 at 6:29 am

It is lovely. I’m sure you would love it.

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Maddie June 15, 2014 at 2:40 am

Your trip so far is giving me loads of new ideas for places to visit, it’s great getting to hear about some of these quieter places that people have probably never heard of. I loved your photos from Little Talbot.
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Kim June 15, 2014 at 6:29 am

Thanks Maddie. I’m really enjoying discovering some of these undiscovered gems here in the U.S.

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judy June 15, 2014 at 8:10 am

Hello. Seems like you are having a great time! I was just wondering what kind of tent you are using. It looks very functional for long camping stays. Could you tell me the name, etc. of it. I wouldn’t mind buying one.

Keep traveling!

Thanks.

Judy

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Kim June 16, 2014 at 6:47 am

Hi Judy. The pop-up camper we have is called a Sylvan Sport GO. The tent we use to sleep on the ground is the Big Agnes Big House. We love both. I’ve found for long camping stays it really helps if I can stand up in my tent, and you can stand up in both of the those.

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Charlie June 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Looks absolutely lovely! Must be so nice to take some time to slow down for a while and unwind. Happy to read you’re making the most of such a beautiful place.
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Kim June 16, 2014 at 6:47 am

Thank you Charlie. It does feel great to slow down. I always find myself relaxing when I am at the ocean. Something about the sound of those waves…

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Jenny June 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

I am looking for a sun shade, and yours looks perfect, could you share the brand? Thanks!

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Kim June 16, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hi Jenny, it is the Big Agnes Three Forks shelter. We love it! We use it at the beach and while camping.

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