Shell Key Preserve

When I think of heaven on earth my mind, body and soul immediately go to Shell Key Preserve.  Shell Key is an 1800 acre preserve that is one of Pinellas County's largest underdeveloped barrier islands. Shell Key has been designated as one of the states most important areas for shorebird nesting and is a prime location for sea turtle nests in the summer months. I think what I love about it the most is that Shell Key it s only accessible by boat, and there is nothing on the island besides nature. No restrooms, vending machines, wi-fi access. Simply put, its nature, where you unplug to recharge. I go there when I've had a long week, a stressful day, or when I want to be by myself and get lost in the infinite view of the ocean. And, holding true to its name, Shell Key does not dissapoint with shells either. I adore walking along the coastline and stumbling across a perfect lightning whelk or sharks eye.  

I am so grateful for this little stretch of paradise right in my backyard. I truly treasure that it has been kept as a preserve, wild, and free for all to enjoy. And with that, I would like to leave you with a quote from one of my favorites, John Muir, " In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks".