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Dec 16, 2008 - Flamingo Key - Everglades National Park

Well here we are in Flamingo Key at last! Pat & I have heard so much about this area of the Everglades National Park that we have been eager to visit. It is nearly dark already so we will pick our site and run out to check out the marina. Back from the Marina. It is Very Pretty around here, the water is not so clear as in the lower keys, but still blue and clean. The Flamingo Key Visitor's Center was closing, but we signed up for a morning kayak trip with the ranger who stayed late just for us. The view of the cove and keys was fantastic,...

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Gypsy Wolves Voyage

Nov 1, 2008 - The Everglades

The Everglades By Sam At first we thought the Everglades were nice. Then we got out of the car and I yelled, “mosquito!” Then we got back into the car. I cannot believe how many bugs there were. Then we drove to the Ranger Station and rented a spot and got out. This time Emma yelled, “mosquito!” Mom said to get in the car. Emma and I got in the car as fast as possible and on the way I slapped a mosquito. Oh, I hope he didn’t get me. I think my mom does not like this place. Then we drove to the marina. This is the place that the ranger said...

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A Good Time

Feb 21, 2008 - Gators galore - Everglades National Park

Upon entering the northern portion of the park, we learned that the Everglades was the first NP made to protect an entire ecosystem. Due to mankind digging canals and water usage, the water supply has dwindled from the early 1900's. We toured the Chokoloskee Pass in Florida bay's 10,000 islands region. We saw a few manatees, a few dolphins and many bird species. On our way to the southern end of the park we drove down a dirt road to gaze at all the alligators sunning themselves on the banks. A sight words can't quite describe. We also...

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Jun 17, 2007 - Everglades & Over the Keys

A relaxing start after checking out the hotel it was time to head west for a short while to the Everglades, we stopped in Coopertown (population 008) and saw some baby crocodiles and the flat propeller boats that are the only way to cove this huge flood area. Unfortunately time was against us, so unable to take a trip. Great place for fishing (Dad please note) We turned the car round and head south west after a four drive were crossing the islands of landed joined by bridges that make up 'The Keys' and our next stop over 'Key West' Dropping...

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Glen's USA Tour

Mar 26, 2007 - This day has SUCKED!

Seriously. Starting at about 1:00 a.m. when I was still troubleshooting my @#$% wireless card so I could hook up to the campground WiFi right through to now, which would be 10:20 p.m., it has just SUCKED. We were 40 minutes late checking out of the campground this morning (St. Augustine KOA - it's nice. I regret not being able to stay longer). The campground people were nice (barely) about it. They urged us along in a passive-aggressive sort of way - the little guy in the golfcart came around at 10:55 a.m. (check out is 11:00), and...

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Feb 11, 2007 - The Everglades

Wow. what a place! The campground was 38 miles from the main entrance...talk about remote! It was quite a different place than anywhere we have ever been. Yes, there were plenty of alligators and crocodiles, and there were many predatory birds, osprey, eagles and hawks. However, we saw no snakes, no turtles and no small mammals. Apparently, the two recent hurricanes have wreaked havoc on the ecosystem down there. Much in the same way as after a forest fire, it is slowly coming back to life. There are many aspects about it that are...

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Viva la Vita

Jan 20, 2007 - Everglades

Everglades- What a different kind of ecosystem! We drove on the Tamiami Trail to Everglade City on the western shore of Florida. The kids rented a canoe to paddle into the mangroves. Dan and I chose to stay on land and took a hike into the Fakahatchee State Preserve. We saw gators just snoozing along the side of the road in the canals and lots of airboats. The gators came out when the airboats were gone, and then disappeared again when one would come swooshing down the canals or in the swamps. If you want to see gators, don't do an airboat...

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May 27, 2006 - Everglades National Park

It was time for a road trip and a last chance to put another national park on our annual park pass. Everglades was hit last year by two hurricanes (Kathrina and Wilma), which left quite a devastation, mostly at the very south end of the park. On the bright side, this time of the year they would be swarmed by mosquitos otherwise, this year, nothing. We started out at the Gulf visitor center with a boat tour of the thousand islands. Turns out that depending on the tide, it is somewhere of 12-15 hundred. We saw a large number of dolphins and a...

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Mar 7, 2006 - Everglades - Southern end

My friends, Sue & Diana, came down to Pompano Beach to spend the month in the sun, sand, and greens. They drove down to see me on the 7th, and I took them to the southern end of the Everglades. I have been there in other years, but was curious to see what the hurricanes did to the area. I am glad to see that the Edgar Coe visitor center and the Royal Palm boardwalk were intact and in business. The Flamingo Point area was closed for most of this season and we noticed the barrenness of the area when we got there late in the afternoon. The...

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Jan 12, 2006 - The Everglades

"If you try to remove one thing from nature, you will find it is attached to all other things." John Muir - Everglades Ranger Station OK, a show of hands... how many thought the Everglades was a swamp? I did and was quite surprised to find the Everglades is a river. They call it a river of grass because most of the millions of acres (down to about 2 million from 8 million due to water diversion for development) look like grass fields. If you look closer, or take an air boat ride (way cool experience) you find it is a very large, very...

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Bordeaux Info

Jan 25, 2005 - Everglades

Staying at the Flamingo Campground in the Everglades National Park. We spent the day exploring the park and its many different environments. Near the campground there was a rare crocodile rather than alligators which are numerous. We also saw osprey nesting on the electricity poles. Tony also went fishing put only caught little fish.

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Jan 23, 2005 - Chokoloskee Island and Big Cypress National Preserve

We stopped on Chkoloskee Island to explore the Big Cypress National Park and the northern part of the Everglades. The island is an ancient Calusa Indian Shell mound located in SW Florida, surrounded by the Everglades National Park in the heart of the pristine 10,000 Islands. We took the Mangrove Wilderness tour which leads inland up Turner River, named in honour of an early homesteader. It cruises past ancient Calusa Indian shell mounds before entering nameless, aimless waterways leading to Half Way creek. The tour twists and turns through...

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