Florida Tour - June, 2009

Andrew enjoys a swim in the shallows of Bahia Honda.

A gull flies along the Gulf Cost of Bahia Honda Key.

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Dates: June, 2009, for 10 days.

 

Areas Explored: South-central Alabama, the Panhandle, Northwest Florida, Tampa Bay, Everglades, the Florida Keys, Florida's Atlantic Coast, Savannah, South Carolina, Pisgah Mountains, & CIncinnatti

Transportation: 2000 LeSabre

Wild Animals: armadillo, biting midge, various lizards, key deer, manatee, sand mice, gar, alligators, countless types of birds, crickets, crabs, tortoises, vultures, sponge, fire ants, rat cheese, racoons

Cast: Scott, Jessica, Andrew

 

Trip Notes: Day 1: Drove from Chicago to Niceville, FL, overnight and camped in Rocky Bayou SP. Day 2: Enjoyed the Emerald Coast and drove as far as where we camped that night at St. George Island SP. Day 3: Drove through the Forgotten Coast and through the woods past St. Mark's. After a dip in the Suwanee and dinner in St. Pete Beach, we stayed overnight in Punta Gorda. Day 4: Drove through the Everglades along the Tamiami and reached Bahia Honda Key, where we camped that night. Day 5: After hunting for deer on Big Pine Key continued to the beaches in Key West. Day 6: Spent morning in Key West and then continued up Keys, through Biscayne, stormy Miami, and then overnighted in Fort Pierce. Day 7: Explored the Canaveral Coast for most of the day and then camped at Anastasia SP. Day 8:  Made a lot of miles, stopping only in St. Augustine, Savannah, and for put stops in South Carolina. We stayed in Spartanburg. Day 9: Drove along the Blue Ridge Highway to the Smokies and then continued north to Lexington. Day 10: Spent the day in Lexington, Cincinnati, and Indana, on the way home.

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Our route along the Florida Coasts.
The beautiful Gulf sunset at Bahia Honda Key.


Days 1, 2, & 3: From Chicago and through the Panhandle and Gulf Coast.

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Swim the Manatee Springs of the Suwanee River.

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We set up camp at spacious Rocky Bayou State Park. Andrew was a careful student.

 


Day 4: Through the Everglades and the Keys to Bahia Honda Key. 

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Sit on the warm beach at Bahia Honda Key. The wild shoreline at the Bahia Honda campground.

 

 

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One of the many gators that swim along the boardwalk at the Oasis VC in Big Cypress NP.

 

Day 5: The southernmost Keys.

 

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After a night of being attacked by 'no-see-ums' and extreme heat I was happy to get out of the tent and take a walk.

 

Day 6 & 7: The Atlantic coast from Key West to Saint Augustine.

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Approach Castillo de San Marcos, the old Spanish fort. See the beach at Cape Canaveral National Seashore.

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Key West is quite a unique and laid back place and its cemetery is no exception.

 

Day 8, 9, & 10: Back home through the Appalachians.

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The Pisgah Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Andrew is trying to help as we wake up on our last night of camping in Florida.

 
 


Photos copyright 2009 by S. Plencner or J. Bezold All other content copyright 2009 by S. Plencner