In my last entry, I wrote about our friends that had joined us in South Florida. After two full days, we decided that we wanted to see a bit more of the Everglades NP before we left in two days. Kim and I decided to tour the northern points of interest. We started with the Mahogany Hammock. The park is full of these small islands of growth in the sea of grass and water. These start as a single tree or bush and then slowly trap soil and over many years turn into a little oasis of life. This one had some of the largest Mahogany trees in the US.
|This Ibis was in the parking area and posed for a picture.|
|Kim standing next to a very large Mahogany tree|
|This is a Spider Lily, that you can see in the park.|
We then went on to Royal Palm. It was awesome and is a "must see" place in the park. Bob and Linda were going to meet us later, so we met up with them and then brought them back and did Royal Palm a second time in one day. Pictures to follow. We met Bob and Linda at a pretty cool place. It is called, "Robert is Here". This is a huge fruit stand and picnic area. Robert was placed out on this corner when he was six years old to sell produce. He did not sell anything his first day, so his parents put up a sign to let people know that Robert was indeed here. We even were waited on by Robert himself. He was great and gave us some hints on how to prepare what we were purchasing. Best hint: squeeze key lime juice on fresh mangoes and other produce to enhance the flavors. We had to have a fresh made milkshake. They were amazing.
|"Robert is Here" Fruit stand|
We then went back to our campsite for dinner. That was the one night that we had a few mosquitoes. The next day we drove over to Doyle's condo in Miami Beach. We wanted to take Doyle out to dinner to thank him for the awesome hospitality while we were there. It was a cool, blustery day, but we still had to take a walk on the beach.
|Another Kim on a beach photo|
|Bob on a beach|
|Kim and Linda on Miami Beach|
The next day, it was time for us to move back north of Everglades NP. We had reservations back at South Bay RV park. We had fun time with our friends in South Florida and really enjoyed South Florida overall. It is my hope that we will be back soon and maybe see it all by water.
In my next entry, I will write about our time in South Bay. We had some surprise visitors and did some amazing nature site seeing.