A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hey Lighten Up on Florida, Okay?

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.


  1. i have heard that florida is tough on wood structures, etc. horse folks from texas i knew looking to relocate there couldn't find any acreage with suitable buildings because of rapid deterioration from the elements (much less affordable real estate). :)

  2. ....we do kind of get to pine for 'internet' when it's not happening don't we? We are hooked? Sad decline and decay in the old vehicle and seemingly likewise for the driver.

  3. That poor car has seen better days.

  4. When we visited St. Augustine I loved the ancient Castillo de San Marco (I think that is correct). With all the fakey stuff of Fla. this is the real McCoy and great fun to read about as you walk through it.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castillo_de_San_Marcos


  5. When I see that car, I suggest not to stay too long in this area with your mobile home...:)

  6. Glad you got to the Glades and St. Augustine. I loved the latter place as a kid, even the stuffed baby alligators. You're already in Georgia, sounds like, so too late to recommend a drive through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. That was my "Mt. Tam" for several months when I was stuck in Titusville....

  7. Here's hoping you like GA better.


  8. I have been to most of the places you mention John.. way back in 1980 I took advantage of Freddie Lakers cheap flights and visited Miami.
    We did guided trips to the Everglades and up the coast visiting the Breaker Hotel and Flaglers mansion.

  9. Had a chance to read your past posts of this adventure, and looks like you are certainly having adventures. Just be careful of the gators.


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