Everglade Hiatus

On the road into the glades…we spent so long here that I have too many photos! Where to start???

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Oh right, the campsite…

We heard from the Park Ranger that even if there were campsites available at the Flamingo site, we should avoid it saying, “the mosquitos will take your breath away.” ’nuff said. We stayed at Long Pine.

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And here we are…please note, watch your step….yes, that is a rattle snake in our yard.

That said, we loved it. It was dry and very few mosquitoes, they only came out at dusk and very few. We walked the paths through the park, enjoying the flora and great sunsets.

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The park has many birds, fish and alligators.

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There was a great fruit and vegetable stand on the way into the park that was right in the middle of great farm land, called “Robert is Here.” I loved the papaya’s and boiled peanuts!

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Watering the fields was impressive.

Part two …. on it’s way.

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West Palm Beach Botanics and Basking

2015-01-02 14.53.13When we hit Palm beach I took this photo of the harbor and sent to our new friends, Nadia and Charlie, who we met in Charleston, SC during the Christmas holiday. I said, “guess where we are?” Turns out, they were not far away and we spent many an hour hanging with them on the waterfront and at their lovely home. Thanks for turning us on to the great pizza Charlie, from Pizza Girls!

We discovered a great park, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. It had a great beach and lovely walking paths.

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While I was spending time practicing guitar in the van one day, Peter discovered this wonderful Botanic Garden. He took me there and made me get out of the car with closed eyes while he led me inside. I had no idea where I was heading. Then I opened my eyes to this.

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One word. Incredible. What a find.

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We surprised them by heading out to the Everglades in just a couple of days. Ants in the pants.

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First beach…of the new year…

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St. Augustine…fantastic. Who knew?

It was all about the barbecue. Oh yeah. Got into St. Augustine and walked around for the day, when we headed out to the camper that night, (we spent the time there staying at the local Wal Mart rather than trying to stealth camp) we picked this place for dinner and was so impressed, we ate there twice. First night it was brisket, second time, ribs. wow.

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I’m sure they never heard of U2 when they named the place.

Putting aside the food…we truly enjoyed the Spanish influenced architecture here. This place was originally a hotel, now it’s a college. Quite incredible to see in person. If you go, you must check it out. Flagler College.

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Another neat place to visit there is the Castillo de San Marcos.

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New Year on the horizon…

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A little late…Savannah in the rearview.

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I’m sorry for the delay, everything has been in a sort of a blur in my mind from the moment we entered Florida. Almost a month now on Key West…but more on that later.

We left Charleston, it was getting cold and rainy, and you know how we are so trying to avoid that these days. Savannah is a city planners joy, with it’s plethora of parks and squares, placed conveniently throughout the city for the population to enjoy.

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We spent only two days here, (ants in the pants) but they were quite enjoyable.

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Having a beer in Forsyth Park with that lovely fountain in the distance.

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Stealth camping again, not too far from the main drag, Broughton Street. At night, people wait in line for ice cream at Leopold’s Ice Cream, but if you choose your timing well, you can get in easily. Pretty good stuff too!

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I stood there staring though the window in wonder. Good thing it was closed. I might not have made it out of there.

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One thing surprised us.

When we were walking along the waterfront, a huge container ship came up-river.

Wow. Enormous!

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More rain coming, chased us out again.

Next stop, St. Augustine…

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Looking in to the Bitter Future Giftures

Kerry Kelley:

Happy New Year. Thank you Ben.

Originally posted on Ben's Bitter Blog:

Do you know what this means? Do you know what this means?

BREAKING NEWS! This is your news anchor Captain Obvious! In what is unprecedented news, I’ve figured something out. We’ve done a calendar change and the year is now 2015. Do you know what that means? DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS? It means, Marty McFly and Doc Brown are going to be visiting Hill Valley later this year. That means we (meaning all of you) have a lot of work to do.  We need to get a sound stage ready that looks just like a small California town so when they show up, they think Hill Valley looks all futury. 3D images of sharks almost eating you.  Someone needs to make sure the Cubs don’t win the World Series.  Nike needs to make sure they have a prototypical self tying shoe ready.  Sports Illustrated needs to get on making a Sports Almanac that is…

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