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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

KISSIMMEE PRAIRIE

We don’t like to drive over 150 miles a day and found Kissimee Prairie State Park to be the perfect distance on our route north from the Everglades. From Hwy 441, we followed the brown signs to this 54,000 acre preserve just north of Okeechobee. Then the road turned to dirt. We hate driving the motorhome on gravel or dirt roads, but we couldn’t turn back now. It ended up being around 5 miles of dirt. If we had known it beforehand we would have never planned to stay at this state park. We’re glad we didn’t know because we found it to be a very peaceful campground under one of the darkest skies in Florida. It’s a popular place for stargazers. One of the campers had his telescope set up for anyone who wanted to check out the night sky. We just happened to be there the night Nasa launched a new communications satelite and watched the red glow as it climbed and disappeared in the distance. Other highlights were the comical Crested Caracaras (picture below), listening to the coyotes howling in the night and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Life is an adventure and you never know where it may lead.

Crested Caracara - Photo by Dick Mallery
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3 comments:

  1. That sounds lovely! We found our way to one of eight World Dark Sky parks this summer- just outside Wilderness State Park - Michigan. What a grand setting - !!! That double-crested Caracara should have been at England's latest Royal Wedding -it would have fit right in!
    Drive north slowly - the snow is just melting here - still deep up north. Jean

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  2. I always so enjoy your well written blogs. Thanks for sharing your wonderful life adventures! Carole

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  3. WOW, I didn't know FL had so many beautiful places!! That was quite the plan Dick had for capturing pythons. We the Stephen Foster museum actually his home? I love stuff like this.

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