Ahhh, the Palm Trees

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Collier-Seminole State Park Campground

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We took our time getting ready this morning.  Lynn visited with her friend Sandy and I just took a short nap, having gotten up just a tad before five AM.

Before we left, I go some good bird shots.  The black bird is an anhinga, which I showed you a day or two ago.  I watched it sunning itself and drying it's wings, just over the fence.  As I approached, it turned and showed it's full plumage from the rear, as if showing off.  The egret was only about ten feet away and nicely scratched it's head as if wondering what I was up to.

The navigator lady did a bad thing early on today.  Three bass actually, leading us to make three U-turns to get on course.  Disappointment would be an understatement.  Eventually we got to I-75 and it was smooth sailing.  

We got to Collier-Seminole SP and got situated with difficulty.  The site is on a corner, but several large trees made it difficult to get Shorty easily into place. Lynn had some difficulty parking the car too.  It's seemed to be the "corner of bad medicine", for some reason.

We had lunch and took a short walk through the campground.  This gentleman, Collier, was a millionaire, who bought some nine-hundred-thousand acres of south Florida.  This park is part of it.  Eventually it was made into a State Park and that's how it remains.

The lodge building still houses some few administrators and is surrounded by the feature I mentioned last episode, the Royal Palms.  Most of the very tall ones have been destroyed by lightning, but these second generation trees are growing very well.  They are much different in shape and looks from the typical palms of the US and are native to this area.

At our site, we're surrounded by Michigans.  George, behind us, is a retired diesel mechanic from the U.P.  Bryan, in front of us, is a professional photographer trying to sell his wares at Flea Markets and such for the winter. Both are quite friendly and gregarious, especially George.

Tomorrow we plan on taking a walk on the Nature Trail boardwalk and whatever else comes up.  It's been hot here, in the mid-eighties and we've relied on the coach AC to keep us comfortable.  Lynn made a nice pasta salad and coleslaw, which we had with some sliced ham that she had squirreled away in the freezer.

There's no actual internet here, so we're relying on the phone for a connection.  So far, so good.  When lots of folks are on their cell phones or the 'net, the connection can quickly deteriorate.  No YouTube here...

Thanks again for stopping by.  The major numbers of photos will be on Flickr, so check it out at>>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo/
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Dennis on

Loved the shot of the big black bird drying it's wings. My parents had a house on the water on Marci Island which is close to Naples. Lovely area. Drive safely and give your navigator a break.

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