Anne & Tom Explore Florida travel blog

Tamiami canal on the way to Flamingo


Farming just outside the Everglades


Our site at Flamingo

Flamingo beach - a bike ride away


Riding along a trail

A small pond

Happy Birthday Anne!

We kayaked here

The launch area was tight

Ready to go

Mangrove tunnel

Into Hells Bay (aptly named!)


This looks like a dead end, but it turned sharply

The route on our GPS

A crocodile sunning on the shore

Another crocodile in the water

It swam right toward us

This was at a dock, so we were in no danger!

Today is Anne's Birthday and all she wanted was a Nestles Crunch! Flamingo is a beautiful wide open spaces park with lush vegetation and lots of biking and hiking trails. This is a "dry camping" park with no electricity nor water connections like the State parks have in Florida. To keep our batteries charged, we run the onboard generator for a few hours a day which gives us power to make coffee and even run the air conditioner (if it is necessary). The weather was quite nice and comfortable and it was nice to experience the quiet of just the fantastic fan circulation air through the RV. However, on the second day, the fan began to squeak and squeal.

Tom called the Fantastic Fan company in Michigan and they were eager to send us a replacement part for free at the next campsite! Of course, we took them up on their fantastic deal.

We are really getting good at removing and replacing the kayaks on the top of the van. We did this on the road to launch and explore at Hell's Bay. This turned out to be a slow, twisty, turney mangrove tunnel. After 40 minutes of getting stuck on mangrove branches, we reversed out course and headed back to the RV and lunch. It was quite beautiful and different, but our 17 ft long kayaks were not suited to the tight turns.

We really enjoyed the stay at Flamingo and put it on our list of "keepers." Thursday came too soon as we broke camp.

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