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Feb 15, 2014 - Feb 10th

We drove down and around Marco Island today. There are a lot of very nice houses there. After riding for several hours we came back to camp and picked up our fishing gear and went back towards Marco Island and fished along the canals along both sides of the road. . We each caught several fish but not what we thought we were going to catch.

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Feb 15, 2014 - Feb 9th

Mid 70's today. After moving down the road to Collier-Seminole State Park we set up camp then took a walk around the park. We hunted for a geo-cache that was at the old dredge on display but were unable to find it. We caught the last few minutes of the Blue-Grass Festival that was going on in the park.

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Feb 5, 2013 - Florida State Park Collier-Seminole

We chose this park because it’s 230 miles from Key West on our way to Wauchula, Fl. We chose to eat lunch at MM-88 restaurant in Islamorada. Our table was a few feet from the water with breathless views and food was rated by us as 4 Wows! After driving north on Hwy 1 to the mainland we turned west on Hwy 41 where the scenery was spectacular on our drive through the Big Cypress Swamp. There were so many (100+) wild alligators and beautiful birds like egrets, herons and wood storks in the creek that runs next the highway. This little state...

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Jan 28, 2013 - 1-26-2013 Collier-Seminole State Park

We took a walk today down the 10,000 islands marsh walk. No we didn't get wet this time. We did however see a large variety of wading birds. We saw Wood Stork, many pink colored spoonbills, many white egrets, several alligators, and what we believe to be panther scat. We did later drive into Naples and went to a beer and wine place that had a huge variety of beers and wines. We did get a couple of different gluten free beers one called Bards, which we have had before, and another one which we don't remember the name of. We went to a ranger...

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Jan 26, 2013 - 1-25-2013 Collier-Seminole State Park

We did the walk in the swamp today with Dave and Arlene Gates. We saw lots of orchid plants but were unlucky as none were in bloom. Many had just finished flowering in the last few days. We took Loop road about 5 miles into the swamp, parked got out and walked through the swamp. We mostly were in water 12" 20" deep. It was somewhat cool but definitely not cold. We were at one point near a clearing with a pool of water inhabited by 5-6 alligators. These alligators were not accustomed to seeing humans and were very suspicious and cautious of...

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Jan 26, 2013 - 1-24-2013 Cillier-Seminole State Park

It was cold this AM, below 60, had to wear long pants and a sweatshirt. We drove down highway 41 about 10 miles and parked at the visitor center. Then we biked to Everglade City. This road has a bike lane on it and not near as much traffic as 41, Tamiami Trail. We feel safe there. Once we got to Everglade City we stopped at a fruit and vegetable vendor. We bought yellow squash and zucchini, strawberries, an avocado, and tomatoes. In all we rode the bikes about 8.4 miles.

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Jan 24, 2013 - 1-23-2013 Collier Seminole State Park

Cold this morning, 54 degrees. We meet with Dave and Arlene Gates. We listened to Dave give a talk about alligators, then took a ride and looked at the controlled fires they use to burn the dead stuff is the swamp. Grass can be seen growing within days of a burn. Before we met with the Gates we took a ride down a dirt roan for 10 miles or so. We again saw many alligators along the way. We also saw a water moccasin sunning itself in the road. It didn't want to move.

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Jan 24, 2013 - 1-22-2013 Collier Seminole State Park

We took a walk today. The trail we took was about half a mile from the camp, we walked there then walked the 3 mile trail then walked back to the camp. So, we walked about 4 miles. Later in the evening we walked another mile and a half. On the first walk we saw a large track that had claws. Sally thought it may be a panther print. We saw what I think I was told were Brazilian Pepper plants. They had bunches of red berries. I think we have pictures of them that I will include in this post. We also saw a plant with bunches of blue berries...

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Nov 27, 2012 - Day 135 - to Collier - Seminole State Park, Florida

We forced ourselves to leave this fabulous place on the Keys, and headed back to the mainland. We headed north through the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve on the Tamiami Highway, name for Tampa to Miami highway through the Everglades. On most of the length of the highway 41 we had a wide canal beside us. This canal was teeming with wildlife; wading birds, birds of prey and alligators. It was a longer drive than we have had lately but the parks made it very interesting. We went to Collier- Seminole State Park. The...

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The Wandering Nunns

Apr 3, 2012 - Day #41

Day #41, March 29, 2012, Thursday: Up early and drove to the famous “Ding” Darling NWR. Even though most of the migrants have passed through due to warm weather, it was still a wonderful day. Great views of birds, and maybe best, views of aquatic stuff and trees that we never pay much attention to. Coming off Sanibel Island at 4:30 was bad – school break and folks just jamming the Gulf beaches. An hour and a half to do what twenty minutes did in the a.m. Advantage of having to drive slowly over the long bridge – saw many porpus playing in...

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Apr 3, 2012 - Day #39

Day #39, March 27, 2012, Tuesday: Decided to try Tigertail Beach & Marco Island. Spent a couple of hours at a South Florida Conservancy location on #951 and enjoyed the scenery and the company of the volunteer naturalists, but didn't see much. Lord when these Floridians had the money they didn't back off on spending for nature conservation – What will happen in the future now the money has run out?? Once it was realized to best utilize Tigertail involved wading across the inshore lagoon we decided to retreat with honour. Not a wasted trip...

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Apr 3, 2012 - Day #40

Day #40, March 28, 2012, Wednesday: Moved north 40 miles to Koreshan S.P., south of Ft. Meyers. Spent a couple of hours at the WiFi equipped laundromat and really relaxed reading in the shade the remainder of the day. Relaxed that is until I looked down and between us was a friggin snake. I quietly told Brenda not to move and I lifted my feet up off the ground. This spooked him a little and at least 6' of snake slithered through our campsite. After we changed into clean underware we realized it was a Black Racer, non venomous, and harmless....

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