Wednesday – December 25, 2013
Everglades National Park
Long Pine Key Campground
Merry Christmas to all! This is our first Christmas spent in the Everglades National Park. It is a beautiful, partially sunny day with the temperature in the high 70’s and low humidity. Patches of puffy white clouds with shades of gray, float slowly through the blue sky above. A cold wave came through the area late yesterday afternoon providing a welcome relief from temperatures in the mid-80’s with higher humidity earlier in the week.
Last year we spent Christmas at The Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Our plan is to spend Christmas each year in a different southern location.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5-mile walk around the campground this morning. The cool morning air provided a welcome relief from the warmer weather earlier in the week. Refreshed from our walk, we returned to our Casita Trailer for a heart-healthy, hearty breakfast of an egg omelet with sausage patties.
Several other campers are also spending Christmas here at the Long Pine Key Campground. One particular campsite is occupied by a slender, attractive, young woman with three beautiful young girls. The woman looks to be in her late twenties and her daughters probably range in age from 3 years to 8 years old. They are tent camping and their car has Alaska license plates. When we passed their campsite one morning, on one of our walks, the mother and each daughter were sitting on their individual backpacks eating breakfast. Sharon and I wondered what brought this mother and three small children here, so far from home.
Another camper, a retired couple living in Florida, have a small vintage style trailer that looks like it came right out of the 1970’s. It turns out it is a new trailer that they purchased in 2012. The brand of trailer is a White Water Retro manufactured by Riverside RV. It looks to be about 13 feet in length and equipped with a cooking stove, refrigerator and wash basin.
Of the 108 campsites here only about 15 are occupied.
Life is good here at the Long Pine Key campground on Christmas Day!
Tomorrow another adventure begins.