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Feb 16, 2010 - Flamingo National Park

Monday was a busy day. We left Long Key and headed back to Marathon to return the rental car, get haircuts, and then to Fiesta Key RV resort to get a propane refill. As we headed into the Everglades, we took in the vastness of this plain which was a striking contrast to the constriction of the tiny islands that we had lived in for nearly 5 weeks. We chose our campsite and settled in as Tom made pink shrimp Shish Kabobs. As we ran the generator to make coffee and charge the batteries, we noticed it was sputtering. Our batteries made it...

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Florida Keys 2010

Jan 23, 2010 - Everglades National Park- Long Pine Key

Hola, Aca estuvimos visitando a Long Pine Key, en donde hicimos "camping". Y claro no en el patio de Myriam. Partimos de la Ciudad de Miami el Sabado 23 de enero del 2010 y nos fuimos directamente a los Everglades a difrutar de la naturaleza y la tranquilidad que la Ciudad de Miami nos prohibe. La pasamos genial. Elpobre de Miguel nunca vio la serpiente comiendose al raton, pero it's ok, tuvimos la cervecitas gracias a el. El parque es maravilloso y la compania fue excelente. Nos regresamos a Miami el Domingo 24 de enero 2010 cuando la...

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Dec 31, 2009 - Ride to Key West

The average temperature in the interior portion of Alaska in June ranges from the high 60’s and the low 40’s. The temperature on Tuesday was mid 40's when we awoke in our camper. Please note Flamingo Campground does not have hot water in the showers. The trip to Key West began at 8:30 am. Fortunately we brought our heavy riding jackets, and gloves. I didn’t have chaps so my legs were a little cold the first hour. The sun was blasting, and I was happy to have used sunscreen before I left. (In Alaska I expect more rain less sunshine). It’s...

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Dec 28, 2009 - The park

Tom had a reservation to rent a small skiff at 9:00 in the morning, but we woke to cloudy skies, with a chill in the air….a chill? It did warm up to a steamy 72, (shiver), ok you guys who live up north, we’re spoiled. Anyway we postponed our boat trip to 11:00 to take advantage of that warmer temperature. While we were waiting for the weather to break we took a stroll down a canopy covered trail, called “Snake Bight Trail.” We didn’t see any snakes, or really much of any wildlife, but it was beautiful none the less. As we returned to the...

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Dec 27, 2009 - Flamingo

We left Lakeland, about 9:00 am Sunday morning, after Christmas, after loading up Tom’s Road King, and my Night Train in the back of our newly purchased Toyhauler camper to head down to the Everglades National Park for a three day camping trip, and ride to Key West. Everglades National Park is the sixth National Park we have visited since July. Last summer we took the kids and a popup camper to Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Park, this time it was all about the bike ride. Although most people believe...

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Jul 24, 2009 - Boats and Alligators!

It took a while to get to sleep last night as there were what sounded like 50 kids jumping up and down on our ceiling... we thought they were going to fall through at one point. A couple of Cheezey stares from the carpark and they soon quietened down. After our free breakfast we drove to the Everglades for our 12:30 Airboat tour! We found the place quite easily and covered ourselves with mozzie spray in the carpark before paying our money in the souvenir shop. The lady said for the token I had cut out of a magazine, we could either have $10...

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Apr 19, 2009 - The Everglades

4/19 Drove out to Shark Valley Everglades National Park and took a hike along one of the many trails. The alligators were a plenty along this trail. I took the pictures of the big guy in the water from a distance of about 15 feet. The small gator along the shoreline was about 3 feet away. There were baby alligator everywhere and we were sure mama was hiding in the bushes somewhere. Tonight Bob is outside enjoying the evening. He says the sky is full of stars, it's about 80 degrees, there are no bugs. It's a beautiful evening. It's late....

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Feb 22, 2009 - Chokoloskee Island

Well we arrived on Chokoloskee Island, which located in the Ten Thousand Islands in the Everglades. It is a lovely area with water on all sides of you. The campground is the prettiest we have seen yet. Palms and flowering bushes separate the sites. The pads are concrete with grassy area in between. Here you don’t feel like you are on top of your neighbor. There are a lot of nice areas to ride bikes and you can view some of the awesome sunsets. Today we are traveling to Everglade City to take an airboat ride. With Captain Potter as our...

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Feb 18, 2009 - No More Food!

No More Food! Having planed for 7 days, 2 meals a day, our freezer, fridge and pantry are looking bare. Before leaving Key West, Sylvie had prepared a menu for our 20 days stay in the Everglades Nat’l Park (ENP). Once in Long Pine each item used was noted so we knew what to purchase fresh on our last trip to town. So, no, we have not run out of food but we are running low! But look at what Jake was able to cook on the grill, since we don’t have an oven in Armadillo. They were good!!!!! We did, however, run out of propane in two of our 3...

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Feb 14, 2009 - So, Long Pine wasn’t quiet enough?

So, Long Pine wasn’t quiet enough? Nope, we left Long Pine for Flamingo Campground in the Everglades Nat’l Park (ENP). If you look at a map of Florida, we are 60 miles North of Key West into the ENP. Now talk about quiet. The campground is divided in many ways. Section “T” for everything longer that total 30 feet long. “B” & “C” is for 20 to 30 feet. “A” for us small Eco-friendly rigs; and there is a tents only area. It really keeps the sound/noises down. The site are so big, we may have trouble to readjust once in real world again. The...

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Feb 10, 2009 - Who Needs Vacation?

Who Needs Vacation? Who Needs Vacation? Well, us, naturally! Since we arrived at the Long Pine Campground of the Everglade Nat’l Park (ENP), we have been relaxing. Our daily routine includes reading, napping, walking Charlee, quilting, eating, and sleeping… No Parties!!! The Long Pine Campground is without service but with bathroom and without shower. Fifteen miles to Florida City’s Wal-Mart, we plan our trips. Once more we keep and activity calendar, because our memory are not what they use to be.* So we first go eat somewhere special, go...

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Feb 4, 2009 - All Good Things Must Come To An End

“All Good Things Must Come To An End” Someone famous knew that we would be abusing a good thing [a.k.a. Key West and Sunset Lounge]. Site 221 became permanent (almost) because of two situations out of our control. As explain previously, once anyone spends 14 days of on a full service site, they must go to dry camping and their name goes on a “list” with a dry camping site number. After many days on the list and in dry camping, we noticed that our name had been drop 50 positions…(Oops!) so nice to have friends… We celebrated, because #221...

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