If you are a full-time RV’er, you know there are only a handful of reasonable possibilities when winter rolls around: Arizona, southern California, south Texas, and Florida. That’s about it.
Most winters, we experience a little bit of it all as we travel across the country from Oregon to Florida. Were it not for my parents in Apalachicola, I doubt we would make it as far as Florida every year. But the upside is that we get to enjoy winter in a semi-tropical paradise without leaving the country.
We spent February and March in Florida this year, and in between spending time with my folks, made little trips to some of our favorite places. There’s a wild side to Florida, and that’s the Florida that we love.
Late afternoon in the pine flatwoods of the Florida Panhandle
Oaks and Spanish moss at St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge, one of the finest refuges in the country
A tropical colored sunset on the Ochlockonee River in north Florida
Biking on the beach in Florida is a blast, with flat and hard-packed sand for miles
Kayaking at Rock Springs in central Florida; a beautiful paddle through a semi-tropical jungle
Kayaking on the Ichetucknee River in central Florida
We’re always assured of seeing manatee while kayaking on the Ichetucknee
A Wood Stork, straight out of Dr. Seuss
Tricolored Heron doing a fishing dance; they spread their wings to create shade for attracting fish
A Barred Owl observes us on a trail at O’Leno State Park
A Belted Kingfisher uncharacteristically gives us enough time to take a photo as we kayak past
Meeting up at Sweetwater Preserve near Gainesville with friends & fellow adventurers, Julie & Martin
Enjoying a week in St. Augustine with Amanda and Findlay
At the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine
Findlay completed work for his Jr. Ranger badge in St. Augustine
Cooling off with fresh fruit popsicles in St. Augustine
A fun visit with my sister Valerie in Jacksonville
Beautiful blue twilight hour overlooking the bay at my folks’ home
I’ve written a lot about Florida in our travels, so if you’re interested in more details, check out one or more of the 39 posts in the sidebar. I’ve written about everything from the Keys to the Everglades to the Panhandle…and we’re not done yet. See you next winter, Florida!
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