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Key West

What a great way to finish off the trip! I met Maria in Ft. Lauderdale and we drove out to Key West. Here we are at Rt. 1, Mile 0 on bicycles we rented for the day. The weather was outstanding for the three days we were there. For more photos of Key West click here
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Everglades National Park

After returning from Key West we stayed in Florida City and visited Everglades National Park. The Park is full of alligators and a vast number of birds. For more photos of Everglades National Park click here
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Biscayne National Park

After visiting Everglades National Park in the morning, we drove over to Biscayne National Park for a couple of hours. There is a nice Visitor's Center and a walk around the shore. For more photos of Biscayne National Park click here
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Everglades Alligator Farm

In the late afternoon, after seeing Biscayne National Park, we drove to the Everglades Alligator Farm, a privately owned attraction. Here we got to ride on an airboat out into the everglades, watch shows and demonstrations, and handle baby alligators. A lot of fun! For more photos of Everglades Alligator Farm click here
On March 8th, I camped overnight at a very interesting Florida State Park, Kissimmee Prairie. Just north of Lake Okeechobee in the central part of the state, this Park is home to many critters and birds. I highly recommend this camping area! One disturbing thing here was the warnings of unexploded ordinance from WWII days! I caught a chance to photograph this guy as he was snuffling around the leaves near my tent! It is a nine-banded armidillo (otherwise known as a hillbilly speed bump, or possum on the half-shell)!
The next day, while heading the general direction of the Carolinas, I said to myself, been there, done that! Anyway, I had already spent over 100 days in the sun! Besides I was getting homesick for my family and friends back home. So, with that, I jumped on the Florida Turnpike and headed for I-75 north. Passing into Georgia, I headed up to Dalton, GA, a drive of 640 miles, staying overnight in a motel in Dalton. The next day, I got up and drove another 640 miles back home via Chattanogga and Knoxville, TN; Lexington, KY; and back up to Chagrin Falls! Ah, home sweet home! Return to home page