February 5 - 14 Greg's in Fort Lauderdale, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, and Paul Yorke
We have had a very interesting and full of variety week since leaving the Keys. Our original plan was to camp at Flamingo National Park, but the weather forecast was for warm days and nights. There are no electrical hook-ups at Flamingo and we knew we would be miserable in the heat and humidity (of course we could take cold showers - the only kind at that park!).
We called Greg and he was more than happy to have us stay at his house over the weekend. It was Anne's birthday and we made reservations for a gala birthday dinner on Saturday at the highly recommended Asian Fusion Restaurant, Cafe Sharaku. We had a wonderful meal. We got to meet our newest grandogger, Petunia who is the most playful 12 week-old Frenchie (a French Bulldog). We had a week of camping and then back to Greg's for our February joint birthday dinner (we are all born in February!).
During the week, we camped at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. The River Campground of this park is still wooded unlike the "Pine Grove" section that was devastated in a hurricane and had to be completely rebuilt. We were in the old River part and it is shabby with low voltage (100v) and not well thought out showers. However, the nearby launch gave us access to the Loxahatchee River and wonderful kayaking. On Wednesday, we visited a Facebook friend and his wife who live near Indiantown. Paul and Sue Yorke have a lovely home in the wilderness and we got to walk in their palm and live oak woods after a wonderful lunch. Paul has been providing shelter for a family of Barred Owls. His owl box has a video camera and we got to meet Mr Owl on our walk in the woods. Paul is also an avid American Flyer train collector.