Today, Friday, was a 209 mile trip south from Sebring to Everglades National Park. You would think that Southern Florida is highly populated, but the colonized parts lay along the coast, and our Highway 27 went though the middle of the State and was long stretches of . . . . nothing!
We skirted Lake Okeechobee and angled towards the east coast. Many of the names were familiar: Palm Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Hialeah, but we skirted around all of them. Once we got on the Florida Turnpike we were a bit closer to the town clusters, and we stopped for lunch and gas. It turns out that this was the last chance for gas as the Everglades have NONE! Entering the Park, it was only a six mile drive to Long Pine Key campground, and we were delighted to have many sites to choose from. Again, we are wondering if the cool weather has deterred campers, as we had been warned that the campgrounds were on a first come/first serve basis and would be full!
The afternoon was our first chance on this trip to get the chairs out and find a sunny spot to sit out – 60 degrees! I assumed the “Zero-G” position, and actually whimpered for joy a few times as the heat of the sun started sinking in.
On a walk around the campground we met two gentlemen in a touring coach Winnebago that had been at our campground last night. They had sold everything, bought the coach, and are taking off full-timing across the United States. They say that one day they drove 500 miles . . . without ever leaving home!
We were pleasantly surprised to discover that this National Park has new shower facilities throughout the campground, offering private shower stalls with an outside entrance. I decided to run down and try them out before we started cooking dinner! Result: the showers (reportedly solar heated) almost reach warm . . . ALMOST!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown