Hi everyone. This post will be shorter and with only several pictures. Many have asked how we are dealing with the unprecedented times of the world virus emergency. It has been both an exciting and a scary time. Our last day of work at Big Cypress in the western Everglades was January 3rd and that … More Virus
Warm salty springs and old growth live oaks with Spanish moss made our 11 day stay here most memorable. The turquoise crystal-clear springs at a constant 720 and teaming with life such as blue crabs, mullock, and manatees made an exit very tough but we have other destinations waiting. After leaving Ocala National Forest and … More Gulf Shore
As Maine goes, so goes the country! This was a popular catch phrase in the late 1800’s as Maine had a big influence on National politics. (Fascinating history but this blog is not about Maine’s history …or the nation’s). There are plenty of snowbirds in Florida, mostly from the snowbelt. And I am amazed at … More Maine
So we’ve decided to stay in south Florida for a while. Why? Because its still summer here! And besides, the Super Bowl is just down the road a bit. So our saga continues… shorts, t-shirts, suntans and South Beach… & Football; another adventure of life on the road. Miami Beach and me in front of … More Campground Crawl
“Falling Iguanas! ” Al Roker, Today Show weatherman on January 22, 2020, “Today we have more nasty weather stretching from Minnesota to Maine and all the way to Texas. The National Weather Service has even issued a ‘Falling Iguana Alert’ for south Florida!” That’s right folks, it’s not raining cats and dogs here. No! Just … More Falling Iguanas
At first, you think of Bear Island as land in a body of water, maybe in the keys or in a lake. You are wrong. Bear Island is a plot of land situated in the northwest corner of Big Cypress. The elevation here is a little higher and dryer, about 7’ above sea level. Remote, … More Adventures @ Bear Island
“I don’t like spiders and snakes but that ain’t what it takes, to love me, like I want to be loved by you!” Okay, Jim Stafford’s song “Spiders & Snakes” wasn’t talking about the everglades. But hey, it fits! It’s not just spiders and snakes here. A Burmese python near our camper and a brown … More Spiders & Snakes
Big Cypress is mostly swamp. Elevation here goes from 2’ above sea level to the highest areas at almost 10’. Rest assured, there are a couple areas higher than that but they are man-made. Decker Mountain does not count ♥ One of my duties is to patrol several of our remote boardwalks. We actually have … More The Gator has my glasses!
Once thought too swampy to live in, too mosquito-infested to enjoy, and too flat to have any value, Florida thought they were on the right tract by smothering the landscape with modern development. Draining the swamp, putting up housing developments, malls, and of course, entertainment facilities, Florida was going to be the envy of America. … More Corkscrew Sanctuary
“Welcome to the Swamp ” South Florida is a wonderful mix of urban city and large tracks of wilderness swamp. The swamp is what attracted us. To many, a swamp is a water-filled wasteland with rotten debris and not much else. It is an area that is too shallow and dirty to recreate in and … More Welcome to the Swamp!