Hot, Lazy Summer Days

Hot Lazy Summer Days on Useppa

Stories and Photos by UseppaGin

Temperatures in the 90s during a Useppa summer.  What to do?  Hours in the pool, a morning game of croquet, a walk to the island’s tip with flowers to leave under the mangroves, a little dog to love, family vacations, long talks with friends, pink sunset colors, and more.

Fourth of July 2015

4th of July Useppa Style

Story by Useppa Gin

Photos by UseppaGin and Island Annah

Parties poolside, a magician at the Tarpon, fishing off the dock, fireworks and cookie baking at Miss Ginny’s were all part of the 4th of July celebration on Useppa.

Large families with children of all ages, a young couple in love, residents, visitors, and guests all called the island home for the long weekend.  Three girls and one boy spent the morning of the 4th baking chocolate chip cookies and drawing pictures of George Washington, a fire truck and more to show their respect for the United States, and to say thank you to the men and women who make the holiday special on Useppa.  They took cookies to the Office, to the Marina, and to the members of the Collier Staff.  They gave cookies to the band playing by the pool.  They made a special picture for Fire Chief Randy and island CEO Tim Fitzsimmons.

Spending a holiday on Useppa is spending it with family.


Summer at the Firehouse

Summer at the Firehouse

–photos and story by UseppaGin

One summer day Fire Chief Randy Seeley invited island kids and grownups too over to the Firehouse.  It was a chance for everyone to learn more about the Useppa Fire Department, ride on the truck up and down the beach, and play with a real fire hose.

The smiles say it all.  Fire fighting gear was examined.  Equipment was explained; some children got to try on the bright yellow pants and coats, the heavy helmets.  At the end, some got a chance to play in the spray from a BIG hose.

Thank you Chief Randy.  Even when the Stokes Fire Department family is off island, we know we are in good hands.