Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Big Cypress National Preserve - 02/01/12

It is the first day of February and another beautiful warm sunny day here at the Midway Campground.

We met another couple that are camping here in a Casita trailer. They purchased their Casita in 2003, sold their home in 2010 and started living full time in the Casita in December 2010. They spend their winters here in Florida and the rest of the year they spend in the Midwest. They are from Champaign, Illinois but have their residency established in South Dakota for tax purposes. Full-timing in an RV is a totally nomadic way of life and really not suitable for our lifestyle. We definitely require a home base to return to after our extended trips.

We spent some time at the Oasis Visitor Center in Big Cypress National Preserve today. They have numerous alligators and other wild life that inhabit the canal that runs parallel to the Visitor Center. I counted at least 20 alligators, either swimming in the water or lying on the bank of the canal. There were several large water birds that were diving underwater to feed on fish. It was interesting to see the birds diving underwater with seemingly no regard for the alligators all around. A volunteer from the Visitor Center provided a short lecture on alligators. He stated that alligators only need to eat about four times a year. They will eat just about anything, but their favorite food source is turtles.

We went into the Visitor Center and watched a very interesting 25 minute film on the history of the Everglades and the Big Cypress Swamp. This film provides a thoughtful critique of how critical it is for the present generation to preserve this most valuable water producing resource for future generations.

We are unable to obtain Internet service at the campground. We have talked to other campers and they are having the same problem, so it must have to do with the remote area we are in. We tether our Smartphone to our laptop computer to access a secured network Internet service through T-Mobil.

We spent a relaxing evening sitting outside our trailer watching an alligator swimming in the pond.

Tomorrow, another new adventure begins!

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