Castaway on a Deserted Island
Anyone with wanderlust has dreamed of being cast away on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. My wanderlust took me to such a place. No, I wasn't shipwrecked on a desolate rock in the Caribbean but it was the closest I'll ever be to being a castaway. The Magdelan Islands are an archipelago situated in the gulf of St. Lawrence in eastern Canada. The main islands are modern and full of amenities but one island, Entry Island, can only be accessed by small plane or Zodiac. When I found about the island, I knew I had to go there and being the adventurous soul that I am, I went by Zodiac. The seas were choppy and despite being tossed around by the waves, I survived the hour-long crossing. Only 120 people live on the island and their main method of transportation is by ATV. Most of the locals make their homes in the small village near the docks and the rest of the island is like something out of a castaway movie. Desolate. Quiet. Remote. Raw. Beautiful. It was the kind of place I would seek out if I wanted to get away from everyone and never be found. Tall hills, footpaths through meadows, valleys and fields, a few cows and horses grazing atop cliffs. As I explored the island and enjoyed the serenity, it crossed my mind to “accidentally” miss my trip back to the main island and pitch a tent and live in one those deep valleys by the sea. Alas, I had to reality and keep Entry Island at the forefront of my thoughts…you know, just in case I need a break from the real world!