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Feb 15, 2015 - Feb 11th

Today we woke a bit tired from our adventure yesterday. (I also got up early at 10 minutes till 6) We decided to take a walk. We walked from the RV to the bay. We were looking for new places to fish. After we walked all the accessable shore line we walked the trail down to the museum and marina. At the end of the breakwall we talked to a fellow who was fishing. He was catching a few. He said to use shrimp. We then went on to the marina where we again looked at the huge crokadials, the osprey nests and of course the people. We then headed...

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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 10, 2015 - Feb 4th

Today is a move day. We got up at the usual times, me at 7:00 and Sally at 8:00. We stalled a bit then we began the task of preparing the RV for travel. We had done some of the task the night before so we didn't have a great deal to do. We were finished and Wal-Mart hadn't caled about our perscriptions yet. We waited a bit and we Got the call from Wal-Mart. We went in and After some hassel we finaly got our perscriptions. Returning to the campground we hooked the pickup to the RV and headed out. We arrived at our next campsite in the...

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Feb 10, 2015 - Feb 9th

Today we started slowly. I was pretty tired from our adventures yesterday. We walked the second trail located at the end of the tent camping area. This trail is only about a mile and a half in length. It runs through an old fishing village. We spent most of the afternoon listening to the radio and sunning ourselves. The weather has been mostly in the 70s and 80s, with part sun and breezy. In the evening we went fishing. We started a little early and we were fishing the wall at the museum. When it the tourists are present the fishing areas...

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Feb 10, 2015 - Feb 6th

Friday Feb 6th. Today we woke about 7:30-8:oo. We took our time getting ready to exercise. Sally walked and I jogged. Each went a little over 2 miles. Afterword we took showers in the campground showerhouse. Neither of us had hot water. That was a bad expierence. We then biked a little over 4 miles to a trail we walked.We walked the trail for about 45 minutes then turned around and came back. The trail was peaceful and quiet but we didn't see anything exceptional. We then got on the bikes and rode the 4 miles back to the campsite. We then...

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Feb 10, 2015 - Feb 5th

Last night was a warm night, we didn't run the AC but we slept with the windows open and slept under only a sheet. We got up and moved slowly as we had no TV or Internet. Before we could motivate ourselves to exercise it began to rain.The electric was also out. So, we jumped in to the pickup and headed out. We started at the museum, then went to the marina where we saw 3 manatees. We headed on down the road stopping at the sites we saw along the waycomming in, taking several short walks. We saw a crockadial many ospreys, a couple of pink...

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Feb 10, 2015 - Feb 7th

Today after the morning coffee we got in the pickup and drove 6-7 miles to the path to Snake Bight (sic). We then walked the two miles back to the bay. It took us about an hour and 45 minutes round trip. It was a pleasent quiet, peaceful walk. We headed back to camp but decide to check out the fish cleaning station first. It proved to be a very nice fish cleaning station. Hope we need to use it.We did run into a fisherman who informed us that Jack Caravell are very good fighters but were not good for eating. When we returned to camp I put...

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Feb 10, 2015 - Feb 8th

Today after our morning ritual we walked the Trail that stars at the end of the tent camping area. It is a 6 mile trail that leads to the sea. Of course we have already exercised this morning so we walked about 2.5 miles out then turned around and came back. As we were starting to get tired. We walked through coastal prairie. We also walked through woodsy area. In the evening we again went fishing at the marina. We have been having very good luck here. We were about to have the best fishing of our lives tonight. I caught a Jack Caravel of...

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Feb 20, 2014 - Off to a auspicious start

Greetings from week one of the trip. We are settled into our site and beginning to create some routines. The campground itself is basically just a field, but Flamingo national park itself is really fabulous. We arrived on Tuesday afternoon and we were able to attend our first ranger talk in the evening held on the bayside with stars bright above. The topic was romance in the wild. We learned quite a few new factoids about romantic behavior in the park (people not included). Did you know that after a male and female octopus exchange winks...

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Feb 15, 2014 - Everglades! -Hell's Bay

Some of the best adventures begin on the side of the road, on a narrow path through the trees. Had there not been a sign, nobody would know this paddling trail, (which leads to a couple of camping docks over the water, called Chickees) even existed. Hell’s Bay is a six to eight hour paddling trip, through a mangrove forest. Mangroves drop roots into the soft, rust-colored mud found in the wetlands, and since no other tree grows in this environment… the mangroves have no competition for nutrients, and thrive. (Cindy says they look like alien...

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Feb 14, 2014 - Everglades! -The Flamingo campground

The Flamingo campground is the older of the two campgrounds, and includes comfort stations with showers, a large visitor center with a café, a store, and a marina, where you can buy gas. (Which is good, because it's quite a drive to the park exit from there.) It's not a bad campground, but some loops are nicer than others. One is on the water, and is basically open field. Another is like a golf course, with green grass, and palm trees... with a new comfort station. While the other two loops have few trees, and dead/dying grass, and worn...

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Feb 13, 2014 - Everglades! -The Anhinga trail

The Anhinga trail was a great experience, with wildlife that was approachable, and plenty to see and do in the area. We saw a variety of birds, a few alligators, and matched wits with our old pals from "The Deep Hole"... those malicious barking clowns, the turkey vultures. One of the most interesting, and comical(?) experiences at the park, happens to be in the parking lot out front of the Anhinga Trail. The first thing we saw as we drove into the parking lot at the visitor's center, was a sign that read: "Warning, vultures may cause damage...

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