Climbing the 1874 St. Augustine Lighthouse – All 209 Steps and 165 feet

Lighthouses. Have you ever wanted to climb one? I have. Lighthouses have always fascinated me.

On January 27th, 2021 I got the chance to climb the 1874 St. Augustine lighthouse. I was both excited and scared. Because I have a fear of heights. So climbing 209 steps to get to the top of a 165 foot lighthouse was more than a challenge for me. But still I was determined to do it.

The lighthouse in St. Augustine is painted a striking black and white with a red observation platform around the top. It’s quite distinctive.

Also on the grounds are the keepers house across from the lighthouse, and a WWII era garage which you can see in the picture above. The building at the base of the lighthouse stored the oil used to light the lanterns and other tools lighthouse keepers use. You can see the pail they used to carry the oil up. That would have been quite a workout!

Now for the climb. Inside of a lighthouse are stairs, usually of the spiral type, and the interior of the lighthouse gets more narrow the closer you get to the top. These stairs you can see through. As we begin to climb, the area is wider and then it begins to narrow. This lighthouse has windows, some of which were open for a fresh breeze.

If you are even a little bit afraid of heights, I recommend you do not look down. For a phobia on my level, avoiding looking up is also a good idea.

I climbed to the top, slowly, step by step, one hand gripping the right side rail and the other gripping the left. I had a death grip on those rails. Feeling with my feet where the next step was, as I could not look down, I climbed. At each landing we stopped so I could rest and get my breath under control. That helped me to avoid hyperventilating.

My husband took the pictures inside the lighthouse as I would not let go of those rails for anything! Nor could I look down! So you and I are armchair traveling together while looking at these pictures. This was not my view while inside the lighthouse. My view was the stair right in front of my eyes!

Eventually I made it to the top. I was so proud of myself! I’d made it!

But then, I could not walk out on that red platform. I could only look out the door. So this is me, looking out the door, holding on for dear life. lol

The views from the top of the lighthouse were amazing. These were my views from the top.

To see everything on the lighthouse grounds you should plan for two hours. Here are some of the lights they had on display.

I had so much fun climbing my first lighthouse that I resolved to eventually climb every lighthouse in Florida. We shall see how that goes.

Every day we are alive is a beautiful day and this was a super special one for me.

Here is the link for the lighthouse so you can learn more https://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/

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St. Augustine, Florida – Old Store

In St. Augustine in January, 2021 we took the tour of the Old Store. We’d bought a two day pass to ride the Old Town Trolley. First we rode around town to see what was there and to hear some of the history of the town. That was the first day. On the second day, we went through the old jail and the old store which are located where the trolley begins its route.

Showing is better than telling, so enjoy armchair traveling with me as I share photos of much of what we saw inside the store.

It was like stepping back in time.

A costumed actor told us about the store and the things sold there.

Chewing gum machine.
Cash register.
Stove for heat.
Recognize any brands still available today?
Pharmacy – medicines.

Fine things for ladies.

The butcher worked here, toward the back of the front room of the store. Then behind this room, in the back, there was a large room with more items and a museum.

Early vacuum cleaner.

The portable pantry. Good for wagon trains, and travelers.

Early sewing machines.

Early typewriters.

Early washing machine.

Early washing machine.

Early washing machine.

Player piano has beautiful stained glass.

Music box.

There were phonographs and kinetoscopes.

Phonographs and dolls with tea cups.

1880 Bread truck/bakery truck.

It was a fascinating tour as our guide explained what things were and how they worked and then tried to sell them to us much as she would have back in the day. Allow about an hour and a half for this tour.

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St. Augustine, Florida – the Old Jail Museum

January, 2021 we were in St. Augustine and bought a two day pass to ride the Old Town Trolley. On the first day we rode around town to see what was there and to hear some of the history of the town. On the second day, we went through the old jail which is located where the trolley begins its route.

In 1891, Henry Flagler contracted the company that would eventually build Alcatraz to construct a jail just north of downtown on San Marco Ave. So as not to create an eyesore that would strike fear in the hearts of the general public and to avoid discouraging his fat cat friends from investing in the city, he decided to disguise it. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, The Old Jail was built to look like a hotel in the Romanesque Revival style.

The tour gives a glimpse into the daily lives of St. Augustine’s most notorious prisoners living under the penal system of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Costumed actors tell tales of the jail and its occupants, and even book you as an inmate! The Old Jail also has a large collection of weapons and artifacts for you to inspect up close and is one of just a few prisons of its kind still standing 

The outside lock up.

Actors portray characters from back in time and they tell the story of the jail and its inhabitants.

The second floor jail has two levels.
Downstairs my hubby holding the heavy ball and chain.
Downstairs food is served here from the kitchen on the other side.
The Sheriffs office.
The sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s typewriter. I love old typewriters, do you?
The sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office.
Safe in the sheriff’s office.
Upstairs in the deputies room.

It was a fun tour/museum. I took many pictures because I write historical romance. You never know when something I learned will come into play for one of my stories. And if it’s a wild west era romance I am writing, there will always be a gunfight.

Right now I have three western historical romances out and one mail order bride story. A Desperate Journey, Dangerous Ties, and Deadly Adversaries. All three are available in the box set, Desperate, Dangerous, and Deadly, a Western Collection. Dangerous Ties is available in audiobook.

Here is the link for the Old Jail, if you find yourself in St. Augustine and would like to buy a ticket: https://www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/old-jail

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Butterfly World in Florida

I have always loved butterflies, and I write a Butterflies Fly Free series about flappers in the 1920’s. Each book about a different flapper and how they go free.

Butterfly World, was the first butterfly house in the United States, and the largest in the world.

Ronald Boender established MetaScience Co., a commercial butterfly farm, in 1984. The staff at MetaScience produced up to 1000 butterfly pupa per week, and established methods of butterfly rearing that are still in use at Butterfly World. In 1988 Butterfly World encompassed 3 acres of butterfly aviaries, botanical gardens and the working butterfly farm and research center that Boender had worked years to establish. In the years that have followed, the park has expanded to include the 2 additional aviaries for tropical birds and an interactive lorikeet encounter, as well as a skilled aviculture care and research staff.

When I heard about Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, Florida, of course I had to visit.

In February 2021, we entered Butterfly World and I was surrounded by beauty.

Can you find the butterfly in this tree?

Everywhere I looked, there were butterflies flitting about, and it was magical. Too magical to be captured by photos really, though I tried to get some good pictures of butterflies when they would be still long enough.

A closer view.

There were benches where you could sit and watch them and there were so many different varieties of butterflies, some of them very colorful.

Then there were the flowers…..

And the birds up in the trees, singing…

They recommend two to three hours to visit. I could have spent all day enjoying the beauty and watching the beautiful creatures there, but eventually we had to leave.

For more about Butterfly World, visit https://www.butterflyworld.com/

Wishing you a beautiful day and reminding you that every day we are alive is a beautiful day. I hope you have enjoyed the beauty shared here today!

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In case you would like to see the covers of my Butterfly series books, here they are in order….

Bethany is a bit like Sandy in Grease. Seventeen turning eighteen and never been kissed.
Suki is like Rizzo in Grease. She’s a dancer at the Green Lantern. That’s where Al Capone and his men
hang out. When Frank, one of Al’s enforcers, saves her life, she becomes a gangsters moll.
Exotic Butterfly is set in Miami and I have been doing site research for the settings on our Florida trip.

The Largest Flea Market at the Swap Shop and Thunderbird Drive-In Theater

In February, 2021, when we were visiting my mother-in-law in Deerfield Beach Florida, she suggested we all go to a local flea market. When we said yes, I had no idea we’d be going to the nation’s largest indoor/outdoor flea market.

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The Swap Shop and Thunderbird Drive-In Theater began as a drive-in theater with one screen in 1963 at 3291 West Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Today it has a 14 screen drive-in and much more.

In one large building there is a large video game arcade on the second floor, a Ferrari museum and a food court and shops on the first floor.

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Outdoors there is a farmers market, and a large flea market.

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Founded by Preston Henn, a race car driver, the Ferrari museum is free.

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From 1989-2006 the Hanneford Family Circus performed daily (except Tuesdays) in the Swap Shop food court, entertaining the roughly 12 million people who visit each year. Initially, the circus shared the stage with 1960s and 1970s pop and country acts, most notably K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, and Three Dog Knight.

But what about the flea market? The largest drive-in doubles as the largest daily flea market in the world. How big might that be, you ask? The flea market is 88 acres. We stayed for several hours and did not even cover half of it. I was glad I wore good tennis shoes and carried a bottle of water and a bag to carry purchases. There are vendors selling things from all around the world.

Local honey was one of our findings and we bought some with the comb in it. I bought a new five dollar cotton nightgown and a new ten dollar sundress made in India. Happy with our bargains we were ready to head home.

Just when I thought I had seen everything, I glimpsed a small roller coaster in the front of the big building just before we walked to the car. Who knows what other surprises are there to find? If you are ever in this area, you might want to go check it out.

https://www.floridaswapshop.com/

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We just finished visiting our kids and grandkids in North Carolina (and arrived just in time to see newborn baby goats) spent a few days there enjoying our time with them and now we are making our way back down to St. Augustine, FL for the BOBASE book event this Friday and Saturday March 19th and 20th.

The book signing Saturday is open to the public and you can get tickets at the door. I will be signing with John Antorino, my cover model and have copies of Jenna’s Christmas Wish and Protecting Zarifah to sign.

Here is the event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-obsessed-babes-author-signing-event-2021-tickets-118844975521?fbclid=IwAR1ztkbIBU0VjlS9A6Es4Fkiw0wpnPDg5oVt7oTzD3rQloUG8gPSWgATU0Y

Because so many of our readers and authors are heading to St Augustine, my next RV travel posts will be from our previous visit there. 🙂

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Just Missed the Hail Storm at Bike Week in Daytona Beach, FL – Driving on the Beach in the Sunshine

Here we are in Daytona Beach on Thursday March 4th, 2021 before the hail storm in Daytona on Saturday March 6th.

Driving my convertible on Daytona Beach March 4, 2021

We left Daytona on Friday as bikers were pouring into town for bike week and Saturday they had a hail storm. I’m glad we just missed the hail and feel for all the bikers with motorhomes, campers and tents that were staying for bike week. https://www.clickorlando.com/weather/2021/03/06/holy-hail-photos-show-hail-blanketing-daytona-beach-like-snow/#//

Now back to my original post for our beach drive day.

Do you give pet names to your cars? I do, and I named my white 2008 Toyota Solara convertible the white lady because she is white and has a ladylike elegance. The white lady has been having adventures with us as we tow her behind our motorhome and that’s great, except that towing her will tear her up. So we don’t plan to do that for long. My plan is to put her into long term storage. But first, I wanted to drive her on Daytona Beach. We had driven her on Daytona Beach once before and it is so much fun. Daytona has a hard packed sand and a history of car and motorcycles racing there.

So we drove her to the beach and though it was not warm enough to swim, brrrr (try putting your feet in that water – I did!) Too cold for bathing suits in the water but it was warm enough to put the top down and enjoy the day.

When we first got there, the beach was closed for driving on because the tide was too high. We were told to come back in forty five minutes. You can see how close the tide is on the beach here.

Finally they let us in! The tide is further out now.

There is one lane for going south and one lane for going north. The speed limit is 10 mph.

Daytona Beach is 12 miles of driving on sand if you start at the beginning, drive to one end and back again. This is what we did and then we parked and got out and walked, enjoying the sunshine. I got my feet wet and the water was cold!

Dad used to take us to Florida in the summers and we always stayed on the east coast. Fort Lauderdale and sometimes Daytona. What I remember of Daytona is the boardwalk with its wooden roller coaster, the arcades where we could play skeeball, and the ice cream cones and cotton candy. Then the beach and all the shiny cars with chrome, the seagulls, the waves and seashells.

I still love watching seagulls.

Soon it was time to get off the beach so we drove to the end to exit.

Today the old wooden roller coaster is gone and only one of the skeeball machines still works. We played twice and like riding a bike, I hadn’t lost my touch. That brought back memories. Now we are making new ones and we will keep adding to them as we travel across the U.S.

What is next for us? I have a book signing Saturday March 20th in St. Augustine so we’ll be heading back to Florida. We are currently in SC after having the new awning installed. For more on the signing event go to the BOBASE FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/609015262803274 Actor/cover model John Antorino will also be joining me.

A trip out west in June is in the first planning stages and I just signed up for a book signing event in Deadwood, SD called Wild Deadwood Reads. .https://wilddeadwoodreads.com/

I have many recent adventures and travel tales to share here with you and am quite behind on them, so some are going to be shared out of order. When the choice is to get online or to get out there and live I am opting each time for living.

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A Day in Savannah, GA, Among the Majestic Live Oaks at Wormsloe Plantation

In January 2021, we were making our way down to Florida from South Carolina, where we had taken the motorhome to be looked at by the RV repairmen who would be fixing our awning. Part of the sale agreement was that the RV dealer would pay for the broken awning to be fixed. They fixed the one over the door, but the big one could not be repaired as they were no longer making certain parts for that model. A new awning would be ordered and we would have to wait for it to come in and then bring the RV back to SC to have the new one installed.

We stayed two nights at the RV park, and decided to take our one day off the road to see Savannah, GA. Neither of us had been to Savannah.

Spending so much time on the road sitting as hubby drives, I need to get out and walk, so I asked him to choose something to do which would include a lot of walking and fresh air. He chose the perfect thing.

Wormsloe Plantation, which is now Wormsloe State Historic Site.

“A breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate of Noble Jones (1702–1775). Jones was a humble carpenter who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe and the first group of settlers from England. Wormsloe’s tabby ruin is the oldest standing structure in Savannah.

Surviving hunger, plague and warfare in the rugged environment of Georgia, Jones went on to serve the colony as a doctor, constable, Indian agent, Royal Councilor and surveyor, laying out the towns of Augusta and New Ebenezer. He also commanded a company of marines charged with defending the Georgia coast from the Spanish. Jones died at the beginning of the American Revolution, but his descendants sustained Wormsloe until the state of Georgia acquired most of the plantation in 1973.”

We both enjoy visiting historical sites, so I was excited to be able to see this one. Our day there began with a drive beneath the beautiful canopy of live oaks and spanish moss, with the convertible top down and as you can see, it was just lovely.

We watched the film in the small one room museum and then went out to walk on the nature trail. The trail is seven miles long but I didn’t track how far or long our walk was. I simply enjoyed it.

We saw the tabby ruins along the marsh.

In the Colonial Life Area but didn’t see any demonstrators in period dress exhibiting the tools and skills of colonial Georgia. Perhaps that is limited now, just like they have to limit how many people they let in, for social distancing.

We passed people having their photographs taken for engagement photos and wedding photos. The perfect site for that.

Soon it was time to leave and we had the lovely drive back beneath the trees.

https://gastateparks.org/Wormsloe

After spending several hours at Wormsloe getting fresh air and exercise, we were both more than ready for dinner. We love seafood so I chose Savannah Seafood Shack in downtown Savannah. We parked downtown on the street which is metered and then walked to the restaurant, getting more good exercise. We both ordered low country boil, which had shrimp, beef sausage, potato, and corn. We started the meal by sharing a bowl of clam chowder and a slice of crab pie. Everything was delicious. If you have never had low country boil, this is what it looks like.

https://savannahseafoodshack.com/

After dinner we walked down the street to Ben & Jerry’s where I had a chocolate ice cream cone and Mike had a milkshake. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

We’ve since had word that our new awning is in, so after we check out of our RV park on March 2nd we will make our slow way back up to SC to have it installed. I have plenty more RV adventures to share with you before then, so subscribe and follow! (Videos on my YouTube Channel are coming soon – I have one from Wormsloe ready to load.)

I’ll be back with more of our story and our travels soon, so stay tuned and remember that every day we are alive is a beautiful day!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

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Grand Ole RV Resort in Nashville and Christmas 2020 Celebration at Gaylord Opryland

We were moving Mike’s things from his business in Memphis, TN to a store and lock in KY and stopped for a night in Nashville at Grand Ole RV Resort https://grandolervresort.com/

It’s an RV resort with a Nashville feel. Real nice folks running it, has been in the family for some years and there is live music on the weekends. Their restaurant has good omelettes.

Since we weren’t going to get to see our kids and grandkids for Christmas, we were both feeling the blahs (and it was the first time in my life I have ever felt Grinchy), Mike suggested we go have dinner at Gaylord Opryland and to see all the Christmas lights. I love that idea. Looking it up online, I learned that they were limiting visitors to those who had purchased tickets and those tickets were timed tickets so only so many could enter at a time. Covid has everyone wearing masks and standing six feet apart. So we could get in if we had a ticket. Those tickets were going fast online. I’d set one up to purchase and before I could finish it would be gone. We finally got tickets to the I Love Christmas Movies event.

We headed on over and got to enjoy the outdoor lights before we walked inside to see their giant tree.

Lights outside Gaylord Opryland Dec. 2020
Inside Gaylord Opryland Dec 2020
Gaylord Opryland’s giant tree up close
Giant reindeer beside the outdoor skating rink
Bumper cars on ice
Sledding ride
Entrance to I Love Movies event
We take our masks off for pictures since we’re not near anyone with cooties
Stickers for the event spaced 6 ft apart
Our guide to the I Love Movies event on the right. Santa’s workshop. Can you guess the movie?
Remember this guy?
This brother likes it cold.
This brother likes it hot.
That famous leg lamp. Can you guess the movie?
All Aboard the Polar Express!
Have a cup of hot cocoa and watch the houses as the train rolls by.
Can you guess this one?
Here’s the Moose punch bowl and cups.
The end. I love Christmas Movies. Do you?
We were parked on Relax Road.

We were parked on the corner of Relax Road and Kind Place. A friendly spot to park for the night and just what we needed. We sort of look like the Beverly Hillbillies with our truck behind our tow car and RV. I drove the loaded down truck which was full of tools and he drove the motorhome and pulled the car. At one point my phone died and went out of service and wouldn’t charge. I’ll need a new phone to replace my dying one. Pics aren’t as good as I would have liked but I am lucky to have what I have as it would sometimes shake when I started to take a pic and the phone would randomly go to a black screen. Future pics will be better, but at least the moments and memories were captured.

And Kind Place.
Office, store and restaurant at Grand Ole RV Resort, with live music on weekends.
And a warm Tennessee welcome from the family which owns the park, inside.

We enjoyed our brief stay at Grand Ole RV Resort https://grandolervresort.com/ in Nashville, TN and our Christmas visit to Gaylord Opryland and would happily return to this RV Park any time.

I’ll be back with more of our story and our travels soon, so stay tuned and remember that every day we are alive is a beautiful day!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

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Our Parkers Crossroads RV Park Stay, and the Tennessee Safari Park Which is More Fun Than a Car Full of Camels

From December 27th 2020 to January 11th, 2021, we stayed in Yuma, TN at Parkers Crossroads RV Park, where our backyard was a cow pasture. A feeder farm, there were about 500 head of cattle behind us.

View from our bed.
One day the cows came to visit.
Hello neighbor!

It was a quiet place to work on the RV, with a roof over top of the RV to be out of the rain. The former owner, Mike, has an RV repair business here so you can have your RV repaired while you’re here. We had the Aquahot fixed, and took the RV down the road for muffler repair. The new owners are super nice and everyone here made our stay easy. Marty, who lived next door, washed and waxed the RV, a task that needs to be done once a year As we had pulled into the park with an emergency dental apt. scheduled for my husband in Memphis, an Aquahot that was not working and a muffler that needed repaired, with diesel fumes I could smell in the coach, we were needing more than a little bit of help with things.

During our stay, I sorted more things we would get rid of to donate, and decided on things we would put into the RV. One thing I recommend when you are starting out with full time RV living is not to go too far from your store and lock. Because you will learn that you didn’t need some things you thought you needed and you’ll wish you had some things with you that were stored. Because this can be subjective and personal, you won’t know until you actually start living the life. With just an hour and a half drive to Memphis for doctor and dentist apts and our store and lock, we enjoyed our stay here. (Yes, we will return. Hopefully without so many issues to fix next time.)

One day I learned that we weren’t far from the Tennessee Safari Park.

tennesseesafaripark.com

It’s basically a petting zoo, but it sounded like fun because I love feeding giraffes and other animals. The brochure lists 43 animals you can drive through to see and feed. And many more animals in the walking zoo. It was fun to feed the camels, llamas, ostriches, and alpacas. The giraffe in the walking zoo likes carrots.

Peacock before we headed into the park.

We paid our entrance fee and bought four plastic pails of feed and headed in. The animals come right up to your car and you roll down your windows and feed them. The ostriches were not shy. We would find out that none of the animals were shy. We had the food and they wanted that food!

The camels wait for you to drive up to feed them.
Feeding the camel.
Both camels trying to eat out of the bucket at the same time. I don’t think that will work!

Both camels would try to eat out of the same bucket but that does not work!

Also camels slobber. All over your hands and your car window. LOL One of them tried to get the bucket and his lip came down over my finger, and then I felt his teeth. The minute I felt his teeth I shrieked and dropped my feeding cup! Mike laughed so hard. I think he had more fun watching me than watching the animals. LOL

Anyway, that camel won. He got the whole cup of food.

Good golly. These camels would have climbed in the car for the food I think, if they could have. They just got closer and closer to get it. LOL

This guy has all the buckets! LOL

He was like, where is your bucket, human? LOL

These animals are used to being fed this way and they are all about getting that food. Some can be aggressive and they are very smart! Some have learned how to get the feeding cups away from us to get all the food in the cup!

Now watch this guy.

This guy got his teeth around the cup and yanked it away from Mike. He was strong! Once he got his jaws clamped onto the cup he had all of the food!

Now he has all of the food.
Look at his long horns. He has all of the food now!

This ostrich is saying, Okay human. Where is my food. LOL Notice the llama in the background getting food from the truck.

This guy got in front of our car and would not move. He was like, you must feed us human, or you shall not pass. LOL He literally would not move and Mike had to edge up and nudge him with the car more than once to get down the road. LOL

The llamas cracked us both up, they are so expressive and funny.

Did you know giraffes have purple tongues? The lady who fed him after I fed him carrots let us get a good shot of his tongue.

Feeding the giraffe was of course my favorite part of the day, but it was full of fun and laughs and animals getting their stomachs full. A beautiful day for all.

I’ll be back with more of our story and our travels soon, so stay tuned and remember that every day we are alive is a beautiful day!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

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Through the Everglades, From Pompano Beach, Florida to Tampa, Florida

November 2020 we took a trip through the Everglades.

Now that Thanksgiving 2020 was over, we were excited for our next trip. The drive, from Pompano Beach, Florida to Tampa, Florida would take us through the Everglades. Years ago we had taken a fun airboat ride through the Everglades and I loved seeing the wildlife. This time we would be driving our 2010 Allegro Tiffin bus through the Everglades on land. Would we see any gators? Other wildlife? I was hopeful.

My view from the passenger seat.
Mike’s view

One thing about riding in this big bus is, we sit up fairly high, so we have a better view than we would have sitting lower down in a car. That combined with great big windows up front made this trip memorable.

There were many little white birds by the side of the road, fishing in the water, or drinking. I tried to capture them in a picture, but most flew off the moment before, eluding me. This is the only picture I have which captured one. Still, one of my favorite memories of this drive was watching those birds. They have a slender white elegance I am unable to fully capture in a photo.

The original airboat tour. Years ago we took a fun airboat ride through the Everglades. I don’t remember the name of the company we hired.

We stepped to fix lunch meat sandwiches at Big Cypress National Preserve visitor center and got out to walk around. We had the place pretty much to ourselves, as you can see. There were no X’s to stand on, marking a six feet apart rule, or masks. Just us and a sprinkling of raindrops.

On the wooden walk in front of the building as we walked across we looked down into the foliage and there we saw my gator. Can you see him?

Can you see the gator hiding?

This gator was sleeping or hiding. I wonder if he was dreaming of his next meal, as he did not move. It began to rain again so we dashed back to the bus to get inside out of the chilly air and rain and back on the road again.

There were signs that said panther crossing, next five miles, though we didn’t see any. We passed an Indian reservation, and Ten Thousand Island National Refuge.

This was a fun trip. Our next journey would be to Tampa, but that is another post.

I’ll be back with more of our story and our travels soon, so stay tuned and remember that every day we are alive is a beautiful day!

With love,

Debra Parmley, your Beautiful Day Traveler

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