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RV Travels: Weekly Wanderings #44 – Ft. Myers

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Florida alligators in the Everglades. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

It’s been a super fun, jam-packed week! Monday we visited the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, a 2.25 mile nature trail created by the Audubon Society. We saw birds, a beautiful dragonfly and some adorable raccoons. They were much smaller than the huge city raccoons we had trouble with in Berkeley!

It’s a shorter walk but I still prefer the Six Mile Cypress Slough (which we visited twice last week). We saw a lot more birds there. In reality the best time to see large flocks of birds is December and January, we are just a little early, but I have loved all the variety we have seen!

The rest of the week we spent our time at the Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. We did several walks and drives to spot birds and alligators.

I saw more alligators this week than my whole entire life! They are everywhere in the Everglades!

Some of the bird calls sound so prehistoric, at times it felt like we were driving through Jurassic Park! Photographing birds other than the white pelicans we ran into in Yellowstone, is a new subject matter for us and trying not to scare them off as you approach definitely takes talent!

I also have more mosquito bites since we arrived in the Ft. Myers area than the whole year combined! They don’t seem to be as prolific as Central Oregon, where they were attacking us in huge swarms, but they are getting their bites in, the sneaky bastards!

While in the Everglades in Big Cypress I spotted a bobcat. When I first saw it, she ran into some trees and disappeared. We pulled next to the tree we last saw her and waited. She came out, crossed the road to get a drink, re-crossed to our side and ran along the grasses to just about our Jeep, then disappeared back into the trees, she looked at us the whole time, it was awesome!


Florida Bobcat. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

Yesterday we had a little bit of misadventure in the Everglades. We got up early for a sunrise shoot at Big Cypress. The day before we’d seen a patch of Cypress in the water that looked beautiful in the sunlight. It was on a backroad drive. We’d seen a ton of alligators and blue heron as well. The hubby had captured a lot of birds but the blue heron eluded us so we hope to catch one.

Just after sunrise, at a little, after 7 am, we got a flat tire. On a backcountry dirt road. With no cell service. We had a spare so that wasn’t a problem, it was just a little nerve wracking to change the tire when we were sitting between two canals full of alligators!


It’s funny, Mr. Misadventures and I have been together for 15 years and we’ve never had a flat. I’ve been driving for 30 years and never had one! It could have been worse, we could have been trying to change it in the sand of the Bisti badlands or Borrego Springs!

We decided no more off-roading for the day (and I’m actually writing this from the tire shop as we decided it was time to change them!) so we headed to visit Shark Valley in Everglades National Park. It was so awesome! We took a two-hour tram ride which was super informative and we saw a few things that we had yet to see.

Like a red-shouldered hawk which happened to be killing a snake and two sets of alligator babies. They were so cute!

florida mama-and-baby-alligator

“Okay mama, you guard that side and I will guard this side…” Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

We got off the tram the last mile and walked. It’s a fifteen mile path for bikes and trams and we wished we had one more day to do the trail with our bikes.

The reason we don’t have one more day is that today we are on the way back to the Space Coast. I’m really excited! Tomorrow we are going to the Kennedy Space Center to see a rocket launch at the LC-39 launchpad we visited a few weeks ago. While on our tour, we learned you can buy special launch event tickets near the launchpad (the public also has access from stands in the main park).

There was a launch set for November 11th but it was scrubbed due to weather. After we got to Ft. Myers I checked online to see what the new date was and it’s this weekend! I called to get more information and was told the tickets had gone on sale that morning and that they were only 20 left, I feel blessed that I called when I did. Anyway, that’s what we’re doing this weekend! Marking an item off our bucket list!

Monday we head to the Florida keys for ten days.

Current location:

Woodsmoke Camping Resort, Ft. Myers, Florida.

That was my week, how about yours?






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