Miami, FL

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For our stop in the Miami area we parked at the Larry & Penny Thompson Memorial Park & Campground.  This is a Miami-Dade County park that is located about 20 miles south of the city of Miami, actually closer to Homestead, FL.  This location put us in between two national parks:  Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is the first park area to be protected not for its scenic beauty but for its biological and ecological value.  As the largest tropical wilderness in the United States this area supports 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40 species of mammals and 50 species of reptiles.  Although it is commonly thought of as a swamp, it is in fact the widest river in the world, however, it is shallow and slow moving, about 1/2 mile per day.  Early settlers considered this part of Florida to be useless land and over the years tried in many ways to “reclaim” it so it could be put to better use. Continue reading

Naples, FL

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Naples occupies the southern Gulf coast of Florida.  While here we parked at the Lake San Marino RV Resort.

Naples Pier

The town of Naples is a relatively affluent community with beautiful homes and numerous developed resort communities.  The downtown district of Naples has the Naples Bay, which is formed from the Gordon River, on the east side.  On the west side are miles of beautiful sandy beaches. Continue reading

Ocala, FL

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Ocala is in the north central part of Florida.  While here we parked at the Ocala Sun RV Resort.

Silver Springs State Park

Just to the east of Ocala is the Silver Springs State Park.  It describes itself as Florida’s original attraction.  It has been a national landmark since the 1870s.  The Floridian aquifer which underlies the entire state of Florida is one of the world’s most productive aquifers.  It supplies drinking water to nearly 10 million people.  In hundreds of places this water finds its way to the surface as a spring.  Silver Springs is a notable example of this.  There are some 60 springs that form the Silver River. Continue reading

Cecil, GA

This was a brief stop for us after leaving Cochran, GA, on our way into central Florida.  Cecil is located just off Interstate 75 about 30 miles north of the Georgia – Florida border.  An interesting thing about this RV park is that all of the trees scattered throughout the park are pecan trees and there were lots of pecans on the ground for us to gather and sample.  They were quite good.

Cecil Bay RV Park

Next stop:  Ocala, FL