Boating with gators and walking in the treetops at Myakka River State Park, Florida

Of all of the things I expected to see in Florida, cow country wasn’t one of them. But after we left Highlands Hammock State Park and passed by miles and miles of citrus groves, we were greeted by a landscape of flat grassy fields accented with trees and grazed by cows (each accompanied by itsContinue reading “Boating with gators and walking in the treetops at Myakka River State Park, Florida”

Christmas in the campground: Highlands Hammock State Park, FL

This year, Santa arrived in the form of an armadillo.  But let’s back up.  On Christmas Eve, we set out from Lake Louisa State Park in Florida to Highlands Hammock State Park, where we had made a camping reservation the previous week for the Christmas holiday. We didn’t have any expectations for this park andContinue reading “Christmas in the campground: Highlands Hammock State Park, FL”

Welcome to the Sunshine State

Our general plan for this trip was to slowly meander south to the Florida Keys, avoiding highways and stopping for points of interest all along the way, and then to head west and visit Big Bend National Park in Texas before finishing out the winter in New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. The meandering andContinue reading “Welcome to the Sunshine State”