Florida – Davie/Ft Lauderdale to Bonita Springs

On February 13, 2020, we left Miami Beach after a good breakfast with Ira and Deb at The Front Porch Cafe and returned to Davie-Ft Lauderdale KOA where we spent another day to relax, do laundry, and swim. One of the food options we have at most campgrounds is pizza delivery – right to Sylvie. We took advantage of that. On February 14 Doug noticed a water leak under one of the seats, which turned out to be coming from the “city water” system. That system is a hose connection from the campground system into Sylvie, buffered by pressure regulators and filters. The regulators may not have been enough to control the water pressure, plus it was very hot. There is an alternative water system, simply a tank, so we converted to that.

Alligator Alley
I’m not sure I want to kayak with alligators.

On February 15, 2020, we drove Route 75 across Florida – the famous Alligator Alley – through Big Cypress National Preserve. We had an appointment for Sylvie at North Trail RV Center in Fort Meyers to go over the water system. They were great, taking us on the Saturday of a holiday weekend, but they couldn’t solve the problem. In spite of their tightening the valves and adding a third regulator, we still seem to have a leak. Sylvie is like a house – continuous issues!

We spent the next three nights at Bonita Lake RV Park, a 55 and older park. There is a large population of residents who live there year after year. One woman has been organizing the very popular shuffleboard tournaments for twenty years; the women’s doubles were held while we were there. The demand for long-term space is very high and we did see a lot of construction of sites. Luckily, most parks reserve some spaces for transients like us. One advantage is there is great take-out within walking distance – Doug found a great Chinese dinner for us!

It was great to see lots of reminders of Friends of Casco Bay and other Waterkeeper Alliance members throughout Florida.

The town of Bonita Springs is very nice – we visited a local attraction filled with Everglades wildlife – if you don’t like snakes, be warned, there are a couple of photos in this post!

But do keep reading – there are some nice pix later.

It sprinkled, but didn’t rain hard enough to justify using these fun umbrellas.

Who could be afraid of a snake named Wanda?

No quack ducks!

This guy came right over to say hello.

No privacy in this park.

Look at those fuzzy chicken feet!

Hello, Zeus!
Doug could not find the nail clippers, apparently.
Ending on a more beautiful note.

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