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Apr 15, 2018 - Southern Hospitality

After a fun week at Disney World and Fort Wilderness, we relocated to a very rustic campground that was recommended by Dennis’ cousin, Brenda. Lithia Springs Park is about 25 miles east of Tampa but has the feel of old Florida with dense foliage of cypress, palm trees and hardwood hammocks. The Alafia River flows through the campground and we were very fortunate to get one of three spots on the river with a view. The campground has 45 rustic spots and was not designed for larger rigs but we managed to squeeze into our first come, first...

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East Bound and Down

Aug 15, 2017 - Home Again

I'm a little delinquent but I think I have a good reason. I had a great couple of afternoons and evenings in N. VA visiting with Vicki and grandkids Tim, Charlie and Juliana. Tim was home for a few days so I got to see him before he left to head back to Athens GA. He is starting his senior year of college. Charlie, also home, is leaving this week for Norman, OK to start his sophomore year of college and Juliane starts, in a week or so, her high school senior year. Tempus Fugit - more than I care to admit. Got in a good visit with them all...

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Apr 18, 2017 - Leaving home

The first part of this trip will be a repeat of last year. I will spend most of the month of May at Ocean Waves Campground in Waves, NC - on the Outer Banks Hatteras Island. What will be different is that daughter Deb and her dog Tibbi will not be joining me as they, at the present time, are in Vancouver BC on there way to a summer in Alaska. She visited me in Port of the Islands FL during the winter and left in late Feb heading west and then NW. Me. I got my motor home out of the storage lot this morni (ng and brought it home. I had...

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Jan 26, 2017 - Collier-Seminole State Park

. After grabbing a few days at W.P.Franklin Corps of Engineers campground on the Caloosahatchee River, Hazel and I headed to Collier-Seminole State Park near Naples. I was able to pickup cancelled reservations on the Florida State Park reservation website, giving us 5 days there. . Getting into a Southern Florida State Park in the winter is a bit of a trick, you need to try for reservations that others have cancelled. The parks in Northern Florida are much more available. It didn't take me long to figure out that RVers heading South for the...

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Dec 11, 2016 - Botanical Garden

A group of us went to visit the Naples Botanical Gardens for the day. I was pleasantly surprised that they had lots of origami art in the park. They are really make of folded paper that is treated to stay in shape in all kinds of weather. Some of it was folded into a thing, say the sun, then unfolded for the display and finished product. You can see the fold lines. They say that the artists do that as a guide to make that particular object again. I found it very interesting. The gardens have been developed more since the last time I was...

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Apr 28, 2016 - Naples

On Thursday we visited with an old Ciba colleague from SWE, Bill Carroll, who has retired here in Bonita Springs. We had a nice lunch and spent the afternoon being shown around Naples, which is a very fancy town with very fancy shops and restaurants, and fancy, fancy people! Later we went to Bonita Beach for another beautiful sunset.

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Apr 20, 2016 - Naples, FL: Leaving for the Summer

Last summer while on my summer trip, I posted often to my Facebook page with descriptions and pictures of my travel. I also have friends and relatives who were interested in following me but are not on FB so I would duplicate the posts into emails to them. Finally, I like to have a single "journal" of my travel including a map of the summer itinerary and so I kept a 3rd record for myself. Have done the mapping journal since 2000. So in an effort to cut down on repetitive work, I found this program where I can keep a trip journal complete...

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2016 Summer Trip

Mar 13, 2016 - Garden Extraordinaire

Naples, FL Naples Botanical Garden consists of 170 acres of cultivated gardens and preservation land, representing 7 distinct natural habitats and ecosystems, and featuring over 1000 species, all plants between the 26th parallel north and the 26th parallel south since the garden itself is between those parallels. The gardens include mangroves, marshes and untouched forests. It is home to hundreds of animal species and more than 300 species of exotic plant life from Brazil, Asia and the Caribbean and native plants from Florida. We took a...

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Keys to the South

Mar 12, 2016 - Corkscrew Swamp

Naples, FL Today’s adventure was an exploration of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Sanctuary’s 11,000 acres are within the Big Cypress Swamp and they contain the country’s largest remaining stand of 400 to 700 year-old virgin bald cypresses. A boardwalk runs through pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks, wet prairie, around a freshwater freshwater marsh, and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America. Along the way we saw raccoons, Red Belly Turtles, Gray Squirrel, American Alligators, Little Blue Heron, Great...

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Keys to the South

Mar 11, 2016 - Mini reunion

Naples, FL This trip started with a marathon drive. We made it half way across the United States- Nebraska to Florida – a trip of 1,655 miles in just over 3 days. There was absolutely no sightseeing possible. Our goal was a place our friends Doug and Dixie had rented for the month. We arrived midday, got organized and then the 4 of us headed out. When we 4 had our European adventure together last August, we had met some really lovely people. It turns out that one of those fabulous couples lives in a town just to the north. We enjoyed a...

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Dec 17, 2015 - Christmas lights in Naples

Chic and I went on a bus trip sponsored by the Port Charlotte Cultural Center to have dinner at Buca de Beppo in Naples and then hop on a trolley to see Christmas lights. There were 27 of us and we had our own room at the restaurant. The main meal consisted of fettucini alfredo, spaghetti, and chicken parmesan. Dessert was a piece of cheesecake. All was good and the food was plentiful. Chic and I sat in the back half of the trolley where there were no windows and the plastic covering was rolled up. It was windy on the trip to the downtown...

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Mar 27, 2015 - Sightseeing...

Yesterday we took a tour of Marco Island and stopped at Joey's for lunch ... best subs anywhere (so far)! We wouldhave liked to check out the beaches on Marco, but parking was almost non-existent unless you were a resident or employee. So we enjoyed our tour of the beautiful hotels and gorgeous flowers and moved on to Delnor-Wiggins State Park in Naples. John had read that snorkeling was good at the beach there, but when we arrived it was too windy - no snorkeling, but a swim and watching the kite surfers made our day. In general, we are...

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