Naples Florida May 3rd to May 7th

On May 3rd we left Key West and headed north on Route 1.  The traffic was very heavy thru the Keys plus lots of road construction closing lanes for quite a few miles.  During part of the ride about 500 motorcycles were headed south.  Policemen were stationed all along the roads stopping traffic from entering under the motorcycles were bye.  It was pretty interesting – they were old guys, young guys, girls, nice looking and some really grubby.  Guess it was a special ride for some cause but I never saw anything so not sure.

When we reached the mainland we took route 41 thru the Everglades.  We stopped at the visitor center for Big Cypress National Preserve.  We saw a movie about the area and also so displays of the different animals that live in the area.  One of these animals in the Florida Panther.  What a beautiful animal but fewer than 100 remain.  The speed on Highway 41 drops by 15 miles per hour after dark as the panther moves during the night.  There has never been a reported panther attack in Florida which is good news.  At the park they had alot of alligators – you see them everywhere in this area.  All in all it was a very interesting stop.

Our next stop was Collier-Seminole State Park in Naples Florida.  The campground has 120 sites with water and electric.  They also have a dump station, laundry, restrooms and showers, campfire rings, tables, shuffleboard and a playground.  They have a big area for group campfires and also offer guided nature walks during the winter months.  The park has fishing, boating, canoes, nature study, interpretive center, hiking, mountain bike trails and a walking dredge.  This machine was used in the 1920’s to build the Tamiami Trail across the vast wilderness of the Everglades.  We took a nice walk around visiting the Collier Monument, took the nature trail which was loaded with bugs, saw the lake and just enjoyed the park.

While in the area we went to Marco Island and toured the new Marriott Timeshare property right on the beach.  What a beautiful job they have done but we are not in the market for more timeshares.  We enjoyed the city of Marco Island – such beautiful homes – I think over half the city has homes that cost over a million dollars.  It is just a beautiful area.  We went to the  beach at Marco Island twice  and enjoyed the water greatly.  The only part I did not like is lots of broken shells on the beach near the water line – hurt your feet.  The water temp was 82 – just lovely.

One day driving to the island Tim was stopped for speeding.  The speed limit on the whole island is 35 or lower – right where the limit dropped a policeman got him.  He took his papers and when he came back he said just a warning – slow down.  Thank goodness as we thought it would be a very expensive day.  Thanks Mr Policeman.

On the 4th of May was our oldest daughter’s birthday.  We were not able to spend the day with her but were able to talk to her and wish her a wonderful day.  Hope you had a great birthday Sue.  We love you.

One day we also visited Naples walking along their pier watching the manatee’s swimming around.  They are quite interesting to watch.  We toured Naples and we both really like this town.  So pretty and so many nice homes. 

On Thursday morning we left the park around 9 after dumping our tanks.  We headed east on Route 41, then north on Route 951 until he hit I-75.  The ride was very pretty and we enjoyed it greatly.  We arrived at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Florida around 12.  We checked into the base and will spend 2 weeks here – stayed tuned for our stay in Tampa. 

See ya soon