Scavenger Hunt & Marco Island Wave Runner Tour
I’m writing this after rolling out of my bed and watching the sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico in the distance. Each morning I make a point to remind myself that life is good! Today is no different.
Step 1. Yawn. Step 2. Stretch. Step 3. Stand on your balcony and yell out “LIFE IS GOOD!” If not satisfied, please repeat steps 1-3.
Last night we checked into the beautiful Marriott Beach Resort here in Marco Island a little later than expected after a long fun filled day in the Sunshine State.
As soon as we stepped inside of the Marriott, I started to spot all sorts of great photo opportunities. I immediately pulled out my camera and got down to business. All of the following shots were taken while waiting to get checked in.
Of course this is just a sneak peek at some of the many photographs I took during my stay at the Marco Island Marriott.
Did you happen to check out my Marco Island Marriott time lapse video that I created from 500 photos and 5 different vantage points from around the resort?
SCAVENGER HUNT AT HAMMOCK BAY GOLF COURSE
Our first activity of the afternoon was a scavenger hunt over at the Hammock Bay Golf Course in Marco Island. I got teamed up with my buddy Josh and after a slightly late start, we hit the course full speed ahead.
I did the driving while Josh navigated us through the course. Our first priority was to find what we thought would be the toughest mission of the scavenger hunt. Find an alligator!
When I say we searched for this damn alligator. I mean it. We looked high and low before deciding we should try to tackle the rest of the list and come back for the gator.
Take a photo from the highest point in Collier county – Check!
Complete the putting green challenge in less than two putts – Check!
Get a cold drink from the beverage cart – Check!
Take a photo of one of Florida’s indigenous birds – Check!
Take a photo of an American Alligator - Check!
Get a Rookery Rum Runner from the Bar – Check!
Unfortunately, we completely forgot to snap a photo of ourselves drinking our Rookery Rum Runners. It must have been due to the fact that we had finished the scavenger hunt on this mission and were 100% confident that we had won the challenge. We knew for a fact that nobody out there found an alligator on the course.
We were wrong…
MEET THE WINNERS
Fast forward to 3:08 on the video below to see the post-interview from the losers of the Hammock Bay Scavenger Hunt.
MEET THE LOSERS
What is your most memorable scavenger hunt experience? Leave a comment at the bottom of this post!
10,000 ISLANDS WAVE RUNNER TOUR
Once we returned from tearing up the Hammock Bay Golf Course, we had some free time to relax before heading out on one of two tours leaving from the Marco Island Marriott.
The choices were the 10,000 islands wave runner tour or the sailing and shelling tour.
Can you guess what I chose?
Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling too good at the time of our wave runner tour so it’s all sort of a blur to me at this point. I came down with this horrible cold out of nowhere and I was completely out of it. I’m talking to the point that I was catching myself dozing off while cruising at high speeds through the mangroves.
What I do remember from the tour is that our guide navigated us to a spot where we got the opportunity to see two dolphins swimming alongside each other. We also spotted a manatee which I thought was so cool!
To answer the question that I’m sure you’re probably asking yourselves right now. Did you shoot any video from the wave runner tour?
The answer is YES. Although, since I was in another world (mentally) I simply couldn’t focus on shooting quality footage. Unfortunately, the footage that I do have is just not up to my standards therefore I won’t be putting together a video for this excursion.
Overall, everyone really enjoyed the 10,000 island wave runner tour. After we got back to shore, I asked a few of my friends who were on the tour with me what they thought about the tour and they told me it was a blast!
Have you ever taken a wave runner tour in Marco Island or somewhere along Florida’s Gulf Coast? If so, leave a comment below!