At Big Cypress National Refuge

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

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Friday, February 15, 2013

As I said last entry, the trip was a short one on the current version of the road constructed via dredge. Mostly a straight shot, we made good time.  We were impressed with the number of Ahinga birds sunning themselves on the power line adjacent to the highway. In the twenty miles there must have been seventy-five of them.  After the rain last eve, the weather was decent for this section with warm aka hot in Montana Winter temps.

We got to Trail Lakes Campground after lunchtime, dumped the tanks and David, the owner, walked us over to our site.  It's a very large site for a private campground.  The electric looked "iffy", but I have a surge protector/tester that I use and it tested okay.

He, David, pointed out a pond nearby that holds a whole batch of Coy Fish that he raised from semi-fingerlings.  With the sun out, Lynn was able to see a few.  The are like giant Gold Fish.  I believe the spelling should be "Koi", but you'll easily Google it and let me know, won't you?

After a sandwich, we walked over to the animal exhibit where we saw some beautiful exotic birds and a whole batch of snakes.  One python was nineteen feet seven inches in length and must weigh a couple hundred pounds!  There was a beauty of an Anaconda there too, much smaller, but a real beauty.Later, Lynn got into a "whistling match" with a beautiful peach-colored parrot.  The parrot won...

Not long after this, I started to rain again and hasn't really stopped for long for about eighteen hours. During a lull in the storm, Lynn took a short walk and visit a bit with another camper.  She lamented the rain, and, true to form he said, "We need the moisture."  How we hate that statement.  True or not, it just doesn't ride well with us.  Gimme some sun!

To make up for the high moisture content and cool, Lynn decided to make cookies.  I objected, of course- wink, wink.  The recipe requires five cups of fine oatmeal.  I used a small chopping device and about an hour, more or less, it was fine...the oatmeal, that is.  My hands were well stimulated by the constant pounding on the thing.

I'm now testing cookies as I type.  They are the "authentic" Nieman-Marcus cookies, verified by the grandson of a person who knows!  No matter, they're mighty tasty.  And, the oven takes the chill off of the coach.  It's still raining steadily and the temperature is ONLY sixty-four.  We don't really mind, since we'll be here for five nights.  We have reservations for a Pole Boat tour of the waters here and would like to save the sun for that.  We're excited, since it will be two hours exploring the area with a guide.  Lots to see here in Everglade Country.  More on this later.  Stay tuned, you loyal ten or twelve.

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photodon on

We are fast approaching the rainy season here, too. In fact we've escaped the first couple of weeks so far with sunshine and mild temps (mid-30s to mid-60s). Those snakes sound pretty cool. Get any pix? Lookin' forward to hearing about your pole-boat adventure.


Hope the sun comes out and stays for awhile for you folks! Those are some BIG snakes! What do they feed them? Can you feed them? Cookies? 47 and sunny here today, snow going fast! Hugs....the Legis. is at it again with the constitution bashing! State and Federal!

Cherie on

Sun shining in mt and it was 50 when we drove by Helena this afternoon

Sus on

I hope the rain isn't putting a damper so to speak on your adventures. It doesn't seem to be so that's good. As long as you have an oven and cooking supplies life is good or should I say yummy? Would love to see the snakes although they give me a bit of the creeps! Ran by your house the other day....even though you're not there it put a smile on my face thinking bout yas. When do you meet your kids? Here's to some bright sunshine for your boat tour. Love and miss yas.

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