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Jan 7, 2021 - a thorough examination

The first time we came to southern Florida, we visited the main part of Everglades National Park, which is the best known. After many more visits, we have discovered there is a treasure trove of protected land here at the bottom of Florida also worth a visit. In addition to the national park there's also Big Cypress National Preserve, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Picayune Strand State Forest, the 10,000 Islands part of the national park only accessible by boat, and the western part of the national park called Shark Valley. I...

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Mar 9, 2020 - Tamiami Trail to the Keys

Heading east on the Tamiami Trail, we stopped at Big Cypress Swamp Nature Preserve to take a look at alligators hanging out in the canal. From this vantage point you can see miles and miles of swampy wonderland. North of highway 41 the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee has been diverted to the vast number of agriculture farms in the area creating, among others, Tamiami Canal #C-4, parallel to the highway. However, to the south the land remains untouched, wild with a variety of native grasses and trees and invisible swamp creatures. With a...

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Jan 29, 2018 - Gator

Siger man Florida, siger man også Everglades. Der er tale om en kæmpe nationalpark spækket med alligatorer, mangrove og fantastisk natur - et absolut must på vores tur. Vi forlod vestkysten og satte kursen ind i landet mod Everglades Nationalpark, hvor den stod på Airboat med den ene formål, at se alligatorer. Undervejs herind gjorde vi en del stops ved små tracks for at få lidt afveksling fra gåturen. Allerede ved det første stop, så vi det vi kom for, alligatorer i et ret højt antal. Med et smukt udsyn ud over mangrove og vadeområder...

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Florida vinter 2018

Jul 25, 2017 - The Everglades to Panama

We have a flight to Panama City from Fort Lauderdale airport this evening at 5.50. We decide to stop off at the Everglades National Park for the Shark Valley tram tour which starts at 9.30. Out tram takes us around the park on a sealed road that is also used by cyclists although it's a bit warm to cycle today. We see lots of birds and a few baby alligators although the park is home to 50,000 alligators. With all the rain they have had lately in the Everglades the alligators have spread out over a larger area so they are much harder to find....

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The Americas

Jul 24, 2017 - Kayaks and air boats

Up at 6-15 as we are kayaking through the Everglades from 7-11am. There are 3 of us on this trip today and our guide is Dustin. We take a van with the kayaks on a trailer behind us, about 15 mins out of Everglades City. The kayaks get unloaded and we are provided with life vests and a hat with netting as the mosquitoes will be bad. This is when we apply the first lot of insect repellent too, over skin and clothes. I get the feeling there might be a few mozzies! The day will be hot but this morning is mild so far. We kayak along several...

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The Americas

Apr 30, 2016 - Everglades!

On the way from Bonita Springs to the Keys we went through the Everglades. Covering over 2000 square miles of Southern Florida, the everglades are home to both Big Cypress National Preserve, and Everglades National Park. We took a dirt road loop to look for some alligators. We saw a bunch, along with some beautiful and interesting scenery. The everglades are really wet and every puddle is just teeming with life. Every tree is home to a host of other plants. Orchids grow wild, and everywhere you look something is moving. The foliage is so...

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Feb 27, 2016 - Everglades National Park, FL.

We were going to Everglades National Park and decided to check out the Coral Castle. Coral Castle is a stone structure built by an eccentric Latvian American. It is mostly limestone structures formed from coral. Each wall or piece weighs several tons. It is claimed that it was built single handedly by one man. It's somewhat of a legend compared to the Pyramids. Check out the pictures. It was about 30 miles through the everglades to the visitor center of Everglades National Park. There are small and large ponds along the way. Some ponds were...

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Feb 20, 2015 - Feb 17th

Feb 17th Today was our lat day in the Everglades. It was a nice day and we just sat around the RV and listened to the radio and had our shorts on basking in the sun. That was a little bit of a mistake as we both got a mild sunburn on our legs. We sat for 7 hours doing very little, listening to the radio and except for an ocasional little nap here and there. Then about 5:30 or so we built a fire and sat some more.

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Feb 20, 2015 - Feb 16th

Feb 16th Today was the day we drove back from Key West to the campground at Flamingo in the Everglades. In the morning Tana saaid her goodbyes and headed off to work. Tom was grasious and made us breakfast. It was another very good meal as were all the rest. We then loaded the car with the things we had brought, and said our goodbyes to Tom and headed back to the campground. It took us about 5 hrs, but we stopped at Wal-Mart in Homestead to get a few groceries before finishing our trip back. We did go fishing at the marina in the evening....

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Feb 16, 2015 - Feb 15th

Today we woke in Key West. We went to see a gardening expo in an old fort. There were many plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs on display and for sale. After the expo we walked along the beach and out a pier looking at all the folks and looking into the water for what ever we could see. We did see a few needle fish but not much else. We went to Lynn and Steve Springer's home for a visit. They know Tom and Tana and Sally knows them well from the YMCA. We had a nice time.

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Feb 15, 2015 - Feb 10th

Today was town day. We did our exercise routine in the morning, after coffee and breakfast. Then we headed into town to do our landury, get groceries. We first went to a new landramat where we did landury and it had WIFI so I was able to post several days on the blog. We then went to Aldi and got most of our groceries. After that we went to Golden Corral and ate our lunch and dinner. Wal-Mart is right across the parking lot of the Golden Corral. There we got some more groceries, a pedometer and a pack of fishing lures. Then we headed back...

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Feb 15, 2015 - Feb 14th

Today we woke then headed for Key West to see Tom and Tana. Tom is Sally's brother. It should have been a 3.5 hour drive but it took us 5 hour. WE ran into 2 very slow moving areas of traffic where we were only able to go about 15 MPH. We finally made it and were able to sit and talk for a while before going out in the evening for a Valentines dinner. We ate at a Cuban restaurant called El Sebonayes. I really like their food. Afterwords we came home and talked till bedtime.

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