But Carole and I don't hit the places normally associated with Florida. The single exception might be Key West. We like Key West and got a real kick out of spending time in the town and walking around its streets and eating in the restaurants there. But that's an anomaly. We tend to steer well clear of the spots that attract truly vast crowds and which offer busy beaches and artificial amusement parks. No, thanks.
The spots we like to see in Florida are quite different and generally not as crowded as places like Disney World and Daytona Beach and Miami and other such spots. We tend to gravitate to rural and wild areas. And you would be surprised how much of Florida is rural, and how much of it is bonafide wilderness. (Clue: lots and lots and lots of it.)
Generally, we seek out campgrounds in state parks and in National Forests. These are usually not crowded. But even when they are crowded, they remain relatively quiet and well run. We also tend to exert ourselves in outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling. You'll most often find us miles away from roads scoping out birds and wild critters, or drifting on crystal clear water on rivers of purest blue.
This is why we like Florida. We've never been menaced by muggers or criminals because such folk aren't generally found out in the wilds. We don't have to worry over traffic and looming accidents because almost nobody visits the springs and rivers and paths that are locked away deep in moss-draped forests.
Yeah, there are the bugs. Go in the cooler months and they're not that bad. Indeed, there are snakes and alligators. Just be careful and they're part of the scenery. As for the heat and humidity...remember what I said about the cooler months. We like to go in the Spring when the sun makes it warm enough to go swimming, but not so hot that we swelter.
So, be like us: enjoy Florida for all the right reasons. And so, in April we'll be headed to northern Florida to kayak the Suwanee River and snorkel in some big freshwater springs. And hopefully see some wild critters and cook some good food!
|The sparkling springs of Ecofina Creek.|
|A nice state-sponsored ride across the sound to a deserted island!|
We like beaches. Especially when we have miles of them to ourselves!
|Not just history...Pre-Colombian history!|
|Dry Tortugas National Park. One of the least visited, but one of the most gorgeous.|
|Plenty of hiking opportunities in Florida.|
Ever gone swimming through an underwater tunnel? I have!
|Delving into the jungle.|
|The ever-present Great blue heron!|
Again, I ask: Where is Tarzan?!
|Limestone and pure water.|
|Carole is the best camp cook in the world!|