During our stay at Bonita Springs we visited Collier-Seminole State Park. We were not able to get a campsite at this park – it would have been a fun place to stay.
A fascinating display at the Park is the Bay City Walking Dredge that helped build the Tamiami Highway across Florida, an important transportation link between – you guessed it – Tampa and Miami. This gigantic machine cleared the thick layer of muck and pick up limestone that was used to form the roadbed. It used a giant bucket to dig and also to move itself along.
The Park also has good walking trails. We walked the Nature Trail through the Royal Palm Hammock, which is a salt marsh and mango habitat. We had seen the term “hammock” on street names and place names, but did not understand where it came from; we could not find a satisfactory explanation, even on-line. The Florida State Parks are trying to help!
We also drove through Marco Island and Naples – very exclusive areas. One sign we saw in Naples: “Peace, Love and Little Donuts”.