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John Pennekamp State Park – Key Largo, FL

We left the Everglades a day earlier than we thought we would. Don’t get me wrong, we really enjoyed the scenery and interesting adventures, but I think it was the bugs that drove us out a bit before we thought we’d go. Those darn no-see-ums (aka the biting flies) are something to be reckoned with….

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Alligator Alley – Everglades, FL

Working our way down the west coast of Florida, our next destination was Big Cypress, at the northern end of the Everglades. We went from Sarasota, land of Trader Joe’s and mega RV parks and a Target on every freeway exit, to Big Cypress. Here, there’s one stop light and one gas station and the…

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Two Ways To Live – Sarasota, FL

From St Petersburg we trekked south a wee bit (less than an hour if memory serves me correctly) to Sarasota, Florida. Someone had recommended Turtle Beach Campground on Siesta Key. Siesta Key is another of those beaches that was voted “Best Beach in the Universe” or something so of course we wanted to check it…

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Fort De Soto – St Petersburg, FL

On a recommendation from our campsite next door neighbors at Fort Wilderness in Disney World, we headed about two or three hours southwest to St Petersburg, Florida. These neighbors are Tampa locals and recommended we stay at Fort De Soto County Park (St Petersburg is just outside of Tampa). Chris had already read about Fort…

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