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Feb 8, 2012 - to Flamigo FL; 15/152

120208-Wed-We started at 58670 miles and ended at 58824, for a total of 154 miles today. We went to Shark Valley and took the tram tour, then on to Flamingo Visitors Center in the Everglades Nat’l Park. We spent the night there with no services and the no see ums that got thru our screens. It was a bad night. Shark Valley is the best.

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Dec 12, 2011 - Everglades

Tonight we are at a Federal Campground near Ochopee, FL. It is a pretty little place, but the bugs are driving us crazy. They are the knat-type little ones that come right through the screen. I'll be glad to leave here tomorrow and will be cleaning bugs for some time. (I guess I should be glad it is warm enough to have bugs?) We are camped beside a small pond which has alligators, but I haven't seen any in there. However, we did see them beside the canal which runs alongside the highway. Dad and I walked back to the highway and got a closer...

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Mar 12, 2011 - Members of Jojoba Hills

The most exciting news of the past week was that we were offered a site at Jojoba Hills, Aguanga, CA, 17 miles southeast of Temecula. We were on our way back to Silver Lakes from Corkscrew Wildlife Sanctuary when we received the call, several weeks earlier than expected. Lynda answered the phone but did not fully comprehend the message offering us a membership. She did not hear Jojoba Hills; so she thought it was about something different, perhaps, Silver Lakes. Consequently her response was, “We’re not interested. We’ve made a deposit on...

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Feb 19, 2011 - Everglades City

Jeanne, Laurie, Chic, Marilyn, Kelly, Heidi, and I met in Everglades City to explore and visit with each other. We went to the National Park entrance there and took a boat ride out through the 10,000 lakes area of the Park. The narrator was funny but it was hard to hear or understand much of what he said. When we got out near Indian Key and the Gulf, we started seeing dolphins. Some of them came close to the boat and it was a treat to see them swimming and jumping. There were a few smaller ones, too - babies. One of the rangers that Laurie...

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Dec 28, 2010 - Shark Valley

Today we met up with Frank and Barbara again. This time we headed with our bikes to Shark Valley at the northern part of the Everglades National Park. Before arriving at Shark Valley we stopped at the Visitor Centre in the Big Cypress National Preserve. After watching manatees in the water by the centre we watched an extremely informative film about the Big Cypress swamp which extends more than 2,400 square miles in subtropical Florida and is an essential part of the ecosystem in Florida. “Swamp” is a bit of a misnomer as the area consist...

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Apr 23, 2010 - the Anhinga Trail

Anhingas abound - but it’s the Wood Stork that tells the story The Everglades is a vast river that has it’s headwaters mid-state at the Kissimmee River. Overflow from the Kissimmee feeds giant Lake Okeechobee, and overflow from Lake Okeechobee spreads out over the southern prairie and flows ever so slowly to the sea - Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico - take your pick. The horizontal distance north to south is nearly 300 miles. The vertical drop is about 14 feet. The wetlands created by this geography are unique in all the world. They are home to...

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Apr 22, 2010 - Everglades

Don’t call it a swamp - it’s the widest river in the world! A change of plans shortened our camping trip with Austin and Kielyn to three days, so we decided to skip the Keys and head for the Everglades instead. From the McCright home in Broward County the Everglades are just down the road, and the Sawgrass Expressway borders the Everglades all the way down to the Florida Turnpike. The Turnpike continues for another fifty miles along the edge of the Everglades until the Turnpike ends at Florida City. This drive south is sort of scenic, with...

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Apr 2, 2010 - Everglades

We started the day with a tour of the Everglades. We were excited enough to see some herons, a turtle and large fish. The best surprise was an aligator sunning itself. At the end of a boardwalk we saw at least 10 aligators up close, it was amazing.

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Mar 22, 2010 - Spring 2010 - Touring/Everglades National Park

We woke today to rains and we heard it rain all night. There is not much to do in a National Park in the rain. We rolled over and slept late – followed by a late breakfast of waffles. The rain stopped in the early afternoon and we went again to Royal Pines to walk the Anhinga Trail. The sun was finally out and we had over 30 alligator sightings. As we were returning, a ranger-guided tour was just starting and we joined in – always a lot of interesting information passed during ranger programs. Dinner was leftover’s from yesterday back at...

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Mar 21, 2010 - Spring 2010 - Travel Day/Everglades National Park

Today was our travel day. We got going early, dumped our tanks at the RV Park, and began the 143-mile drive about 9:30 AM. Although this is a short drive, it is tough due traffic and the 45 mph speed limit. On the way into Everglades National Park, we stopped at “Robert Is Here” for Key-Lime shakes – something we have been lusting for since last year. There was plenty of availability at the campground and setup was easy. We spent the rest of the afternoon, catching up on reading, logging, and watching basketball. In the evening, we cooked...

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Mar 18, 2010 - Exploring the Everglades

On February 12th, we left the high-rent district of Naples and started to make our way east across the bottom of the state. The southernmost route across Florida is U.S. Highway 41. Parallel to that road is the main east/west route, I-75, also known as Alligator Alley. But we weren't looking for fast and interstate. We were looking for slow and interesting. And US 41 cuts right through the Everglades. It was a week before our reservation in the Keys, and we had no reservations anywhere in between. I had identified several possibilities....

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Feb 19, 2010 - Everglades Fishing

The last few days of weather and fishing have been disappointing. Although the daytime temperatures have been creeping up, the overnight temps have dipped back into the 30s and 40s, so that the water temperature is still in the low 60s. That is really not warm enough for those pesky bass to rise up from the bottom of the lake and canals or for them to be interested in eating (or being caught). Yesterday (Thursday), Mike and I decided to drive farther south into the Everglades to try to find warmer waters which might yield a big catch! We...

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