The Florida Keys, the distal point of our travels, was certainly expected to be a major highlight. We had snagged a 2 week reservation at Long Key State Park on our 5th attempt at precisely 10 seconds before 8am on my birthday, January 24, 2016. Yup, turns out the key to getting a hot ticket reservation is to click “Book Now” 10 seconds before the proper time. Good to know. You’re welcome.
After our week long boondock at Miccosuki Casino visiting Miami and Shark Valley, our next stop was Long Pine Key Campground off the main road in Everglades National Park. This first come first served (FCFS) campground has no services at the sites, but with a dump station and newly installed shower houses, it was perfect for us. We were advised to arrive in the morning to be sure to get a spot so we moved south from Miccosukee to nearby Homestead FL the night before.
This blog post was originally published in Canadian MoneySaver Magazine, Nov/Dec 2016, Vol. 36, No. 3. By Margot Bai, Contributing Editor for CMS for over 10 years.
Do you dream of RVing around the continent on an extended road trip? Have you wondered how you could make this work, whether while working, or on sabbatical or in retirement, part-time or even full-time? The cliché Canadian Rver is the retired snowbird, escaping winters down south in their Class A “bus” motorhomes! But RV life has many iterations and this is perhaps it’s greatest strength: every RVer can create their own version of the lifestyle from type of rig to extent of travel, and means of funding.
Our travels took us to Hickory Hammock Water Management District, northwest of Lake Okeechobee. This equestrian campground has horse trails and a barn where campers can stable their horses. One of the best parts is it’s free to camp here! However, the sites have no services and you have to register ahead of time. The location is very secluded – you have to drive down a 3.5 mile gravel road to get to the campground. Since it was so remote, the night sky was exceptionally clear and the stars bright! The moon was waxing so by the end of our stay, the moon was casting moon shadows and there was no need for a flashlight at night! We also got cell signal there so we could watch Netflix to our hearts’ content (this is where we got hooked on “The OA”).
We left Jekyll Island a day earlier than planned so James wouldn’t get rained on. Well, he got a little wet anyways (anyone who knows James’ track record won’t be surprised!). The rain was very light and short and not a big deal at all in these warm temperatures!