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May 1, 2017 - Biggest Florida State Park

busy day today. Motor home to Horner's before 8 AM; eye doctor at 8:45; breakfast at Mel's Diner; hair cut around 11; wait for motor home to be serviced only to find out the mechanic forgot that I was going to bring it in early so he could get started right away! I had the oil changed, belts and hoses checked, tires inflated to proper pressure, new molding around driver and passenger windows, and cracked vent on roof checked out. Things were finally done and car hooked up and I was on the road after 3:30 PM! Got to Myakka River State Park...

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Dec 4, 2015 - Myakka River Boat Tour

The Caloosa Winnies went on the Myakka River Boat Tour while on their December Campout. Weather was not friendly to reptile/animal/bird sightings nor to photographing the ones we did see. The attached photos are the best I could do. We saw the deer and turkeys on a drive out to the bird watching platform, and the road exiting the park from there.

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Jan 7, 2015 - Marriage equality arrives in Florida

Good morning from Myakka City. The big news of the week, of course, is the arrival of marriage equality in Florida, the 36th state. Just a year or two ago it would have seemed impossible that this would occur. I spent yesterday morning sitting at the park outpost next to the wifi watching wedding postings with tears in my eyes. Finally, loving couples, together for decades are joined in legal marriage. I am sorry not to have been in Key West for the midnight celebration. Our best wishes for continued joy have been teleported to all the...

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Lavender's Travels

Dec 31, 2014 - Happy New Year!

happy New Year! We wish you a safe celebration and a wonderful 2015. Hope we see everyone reading this at some point in the coming year. We have moved to Myakka River State Park for a 2 week stay. We spent two weeks here near the start of this adventure and loved the park. There are three campgrounds in the park. last time we were in the newest campground and this time we are in the oldest area. We will attend the New Year's Eve ice cream social at the log cabin this evening. Hope they have good ice cream. I look forward to revisiting the...

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Lavender's Travels

Feb 9, 2014 - Myakka River State Park

The next stop on our “whirlwind” tour of Florida was Myakka River State Park. I’m always on the lookout for a river to paddle, or some jungle to hike through, and this park fit the bill. Myakka reminded us both of Caddo Lake, there was moss hanging from all the trees, everything was green, and of course… there were alligators! We hadn’t been in the parking lot two minutes, when a very enthusiastic ranger who loved his job, told us about “The Deep Hole”. I said, “You have my attention.” He mentioned a huge sinkhole, which was at the end of...

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Oct 17, 2013 - Oh, Baby, I Knead Your Dough!

10/17/2013. Wednesday Oh, Baby, I Knead Your Dough! This morning was all about olfactory orgasms! This is the Fogies' last morning in camp and what better way to finish a great few days in Sarasota than visiting a bakery. We drove the 13 miles to visit Jim's Small Batch Bakery that is situated in small strip center off of Tamiami Trail. Jim's is a small bakery with limited parking and outfitted with just a few tables inside. Jim works in the full view of his customers and was cutting dough to make bread when we arrived at 9:13am. He does...

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Oct 16, 2013 - A Bridge Too Far And........Too High!

After our breakfast of little,round happy oats ( Cherrios), we picked up Fogie #3 at 9 am to begin her big botanical day at the Marie Selby gardens in Sarasota. The gardens open at 10 am but due to the Navigator's efficient guidance we arrived 20 minutes early. Fogie #3 watched the gardeners spruce up the entrance to the gardens and then I saw her staring into a window and she began to drool and quiver; at first sight, I thought she was getting sick but then I saw what she was staring at: THE FLORAL gift shop! We watched one of the...

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Oct 15, 2013 - Zip It Up, Fogie #3!!!

10/14/2013 Tuesday Zip It Up , Fogie #3 This morning we rose at the crack of 7am, had a quickie breakfast and then packed up the car in preparation of our journey southward to Myakka River State Park, just west of Sarasota. First item on our agenda was to pickup Fogie #3 - Grandma who was joining us to keep the peace between me and the Navigator. Surprisingly Fogie #3 packed fairly light and in no time were heading to Jenny's and Kenny's to pick up the RV. We finally shoved off at 8:45am and merged onto I75 south for a nice leisurely trek...

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Nov 29, 2012 - Day 137 - Myakka River State Park, Florida

We started our park tour on the boat tour of the Upper Myakka Lake on a airboat powered by a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado engine that was very quiet. We saw the now familiar Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Ibis, Snowy Egrets (with bright yellow feet, also called golden slipper birds), tri-colored Egrets, and Osprey and many alligators, one about 14 feet long and another little one about 2 feet long. After a great lunch at their cafe, we carried on to two of theie nature walks. The birdwalk pier was pretty but did not show us anything new. We...

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The Wandering Nunns

Nov 28, 2012 - Day 136 - to Myakka River State Park, Florida

We started the morning with a pleasant walk along the nature trail from the boat basin, and watched a while at the boat basin to try to spot the manatee again. The fish were still jumping but we could not spot the manatee. We did see an alligator, about 3 feet long, so maybe that was why we couldn't see the manatee. We packed up and headed into Naples to find a Verizon office to make a payment on our jetpack package again as we were running out of data allowed for the month. We needed to find out if we could bump our package to the next...

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The Wandering Nunns

Apr 28, 2012 - Myakka River State Park

It was a very long day. Up fairly early, because Clark wanted to go back to the farmers' market in St. Petersburg. We also decided we'd like to get a view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. We'd heard so much about it and what a marvel it is, so that was another good excuse to go to St. Petersburg. As we saw it in the distance, I was reminded of the story the woman at the stallion farm told about her father. He had a visitor from Europe and was showing him around the area. He took the visitor to some building, in Tampa, and the guest asked how...

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Feb 4, 2012 - January 25th

January 25th Today we left Collier-Seminole State Park South of Naples and traveled to Myakka River State Park near and East of Sarasota. On the way we used US highway 41 most of the way. We didn’t see much in the way of wildlife on the trip. We did see a lot of urban activity though. Lots of shops and stores. We arrived at the new park around 3 o’clock. We checked in and set up camp. We took a drive down the park road and saw a very lot of wildlife. We saw several groups of turkeys, A lot of wadding birds, including sand hill cranes. We...

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