Monday, February 6, 2012

Everglades National Park - 02/06/12

On Sunday, our deep cycle battery went dead after servicing our trailer for the past four years with DC power. The battery is one of the key components in providing 12-volt DC power to the refrigerator, lights and water pump in our trailer, so this is not a good thing to have happen out in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately, I always carry a battery charger with us on all of our trips. Since we have AC electric power at the campground, I set the batter charger to a trickle charge, hooked it up to our dead deep cycle battery and plugged it into the AC outlet on the trailer. Low and behold we had 12-volt DC power once again! The refrigerator, lights and water pump were back in operation. Sharon was once again happy and content. Mission accomplished!

Monday morning we were up bright and early at 4:00 a.m. and departed the Midway Campground in the Big Cypress National Preserve at 5:00 a.m. Our destination today is the Everglades National Park with a stop at a Walmart in Florida City, Florida to pick up a 12-volt deep cycle battery.

When we arrived at the Walmart at 6:30 a.m., it was pouring down rain. Needless to say, by the time I got the battery installed in the trailer I was soaked though, even with a rain jacket on. We now have a fresh battery powering our 12-volt DC requirements. All this time, Sharon was giving me an encouraging smile from the dry comfort inside of our Ford E150 van. Life is good, no worries!

We arrived at the Long Pine Key Campground in the Everglades National Park at 7:15 a.m. Our plan is to spend 10 nights here. This is a beautiful campground with some degree of privacy between each campsite. Each day there is a Park Ranger sponsored tour or lecture scheduled free of charge. Adjacent to the campground is a small lake and of course signs are posted alerting visitors that alligators inhabit it. When we scouted this area out last week, we saw one swimming in the lake.

Internet service is excellent at a Post Office located 14 miles from the campground. We do not have to travel too far now to access the Internet. An added bonus is right across the street from the Post Office is a small strip mall with a Laundromat. We can do our laundry while we access the Internet.

Life’s simple pleasures. It just does not get any better than this!

Tomorrow, another new adventure begins!

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