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!
So, on one of our days off, we decided to visit the Everglades! Not a long drive from our campsite in Big Cypress we head to Shark Valley. This is one of three entrances into Everglades National Park. Our plan is to visit here, go to Earnest Coe gate (southern entrance) to see Flamingo Campground, … More Miami
Arriving in Naples, Florida at 3 in the afternoon we had lots of traffic. Actually, my pet peeve about Florida is just that: traffic! We managed and finally parked at Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. After meeting Isobel (lady who hired us), we found ourselves filling out paperwork and other logistical administration issues. Oasis Visitor … More Lost!
Preface: Have Neil Diamond’s song “Soolaimon” from “Hot August Night” album running through your head. Seneca Rocks was an awesome stay …but time marches on. We have a date with destiny and we need to hit the road. Leaving the West Virginia Mountains, we squirmed and wriggled our 4-ton house up through and back down … More Brother Love’s Traveling Show
“Seneca Rocks! ” Preface: Have John Denver’s song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” running through your head. Seneca Rocks is an unincorporated town in West Virginia. It is in the Allegheny Mountains and is beautiful! Not far from Virginia, the mountains are steep and covered with mostly deciduous trees (trees with leaves). There are exceptions … More Seneca Rocks!
We put it off long enough. Maine summer has been hanging on and what a September! But time is running short and we need to be in southern Florida by October 1st. So here we are, vacating our lovely spot at Owen’s estate in Leeds, Maine, to do what geese have been doing for eons; … More Follow the Geese