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 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