The Everglades was the redeeming part for Florida. Going there made the long drive down through the state worth it. We left the Everglades Saturday and made our way back north up the eastern half of the state staying inland from the coastal mayhem of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, etc. This portion of the state proved to be more scenic than the west side interior. Here you could see things, faraway things too. So Florida isn't all that bad, but I still probably will never come back. The panhandle of the state is a whole other world and I'd have no problem touring through it again.
One of the "things" I wanted to see was Lake Okeechobee. I got a fleeting glimpse of it while going up an overpass. The lake is like a huge inland sea. You can't see the shore on the other side it is so big. The rest of the 46 mile drive along the shoreline the lake was hidden behind a tall levee. But at least I got to see it...a little bit. Just north of the lake is Orlando. I stayed far away from it at Disney World.
This morning before leaving Florida behind I took a little drive through America's oldest city St. Augustine, founded in 1565. I think that was what the sign read as I drove by. There was no place I could park the Little House on the Highway. That was okay, I just wanted to see it and say I've been there. The downtown historical district was a little bit too touristy for my liking but that's just me. If you are ever close by St. Augustine I'd suggest check it out. A few miles further we were in Georgia (whew!) and pulled in to Crooked River State Park. I ate lunch, cleaned up the house (and myself) and will take it easy before we begin the second half of our odyssey.
Meanwhile, as the case has been for the past week or so, no or very poor Internet connection. So this photo is about all I can get downloaded for this post. This what Florida weather does to your automobile. Termites do about the same thing with your home. The mosquitoes and little bitety things you can barely see do it to you.