Loop Road drive Big Cypress & the beach…

We have been busy exploring Big Cypress and the surrounding areas.  One day we drove the loop road, and saw all sorts of beautiful birds.It is the beginning of the dry season here, so the water levels aren’t high, but there is still all sorts of water around… This is a wood stork.  In the […]

Ranger-led Swamp Walk in Big Cypress…

The Everglades and Big Cypress have some really neat (and free!) ranger-led programs that they offer during their peak season (winter).   One of them is a swamp walk.  This past Monday, Vaughn and 5 of the boys (Caleb isn’t quite tall enough yet) went on a swamp walk with 2 rangers and 5 other hikers.The swamp walks are offered a […]

Big Cypress – Shark Valley Visitor’s Center…

We have been having such a great time exploring Big Cypress, that we haven’t even missed not getting down to the Everglades much.  On Saturday we drove a few miles from the campground and visited the Shark Valley area of the park.  I really didn’t expect to like Shark Valley because it’s one of the most […]

What to do in Big Cypress…

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We have toured lots of Big Cypress so far, and a little of the Everglades – well, all the stuff we’ve gone to has be along the few roads.  The vast majority of the parks are accessible only by foot (some areas by swamp buggies or airboats).   Both parks have hundreds of thousands of acres, […]

Big Cypress National Preserve…

On Wednesday, we drove from the park in Orlando down to the Big Cypress National Preserve.  The drive took a long time – there are tons of stoplights if you take 27 straight south instead of heading over to one of the coasts for the interstates.  It also didn’t help that when we stopped for lunch, it ended […]

Conflict in RV parks – families vs. snowbirds and you’re invited to the fireworks!

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I’ve been way too entertained around here to be bothered by posting on the blog (sorry! LOL!) – we have actually moved back to Thousand Trails Orlando (a week ago! hehehe!), and the drama here is a riot! I’d been hearing on FB how anti-kid they are here at this particular park, and was actually […]

Pickin’ and Jammin (strawberries in Florida that is!)…

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One of the things that we did while the bigs were in Georgia cleaning up after the tornado, was to go to a nearby U-Pick field… where we were in search of yummy red strawberries! When we arrived, the field owners handed each of the kids a small black bucket to place their picked berries […]

De Soto National Memorial, FL…

With Vaughn and the bigs on a little road trip to Georgia this week, the littles (some of which aren’t very little) and I have been doing our own thing – Tuesday it meant a little-bitty road trip of our own.  We drove the 55 miles to…De Soto National Memorial, which is a small park (acreage-wise) […]

relaxing in the Orlando Thousand Trails campground…

After leaving Georgia last week, we drove for a few hours on Thursday and then spent the night in a Cracker Barrel parking lot in Florida.  On Friday, we pulled in to the Orlando Thousand Trails RV Park.  OTT is an 850 site park with all sorts of fun things for kids (and adults too!) […]

Padre Island National Park, TX…

One of our favorite places in the entire US (well, what we’ve explored so far…) is Padre Island!!!  This was our third time visiting, and we were able to spend 10 days here this year. The weather wasn’t very cooperative while we were there; it was mostly overcast, chilly, and windy, but we still got out on […]