Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Flamingo Campground - 02/07/12

Today we set up our 10-foot square canopy to provide additional shelter from inclement weather as well as provide additional shade for our campsite.

We had frequent rain showers throughout last night and again this morning. The temperature is in the high 70’s today and the humidity level is up a bit, but still quite comfortable. Last night the temperature was in the 60’s with a low humidity, so it made for a comfortable night of sleep with the windows open in the trailer.

We visited the Flamingo Campground in the Everglades National Park today to check out the campsites. It is a very large area bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west. It is located 34 miles southwest from the Long Pine Key Campground. This is a very popular spot for fishing and camping. They have electric hookups for RV’s that are 26 feet or longer in length. The electric hookup area is in Area T and has no shade and very little privacy between campsites. Campers with RV’s less than 26 feet in length must camp in Areas A or B. These two areas have nice campsites with some shade and privacy between the campsites.

On our return trip to the Long Pine Key campground we came upon an open water area along side of the road. It was filled with water birds; several Egrets, a Sand Hill Crane, a white Pelican and a Spoonbill with a partial covering of red feathers. The birds were wading or swimming, depending on the species, in about a foot of water, catching small fish. There were also two alligators swimming in the water. It was quite a sight to see the birds and the alligators interact with one another. The birds, especially the Egrets, seemed to sense how close they could get to the alligators and remain safe. There were also several small brightly colored ducks swimming together in close formation resembling a military platoon marching in a parade. We have never seen such beautifully colored ducks before. It was a very enjoyable scenic view of wildlife within their natural surroundings.

Tomorrow, another new adventure begins!

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