The Middle of Somewhere in Florida

Saturday March 2nd 2019

Today’s weather is pushing the summer weather a little. The temperature was around 90 degrees with high humidity, lots of sunshine and very little wind. Luckily with the setting sun the temperature dropped to good sleeping weather.

The Midway Campground is well named. It is midway between Naples and Miami on the Tamiami trail.

As I expected before I got here, this area is not the best for modern electronic conveniences. I have intermittent Verizon Cell service. The voice service seems to bounce between 1 and 2 bars. The data service can be 4G level one minute then non existent the next. I managed to get yesterdays blog entry posted. It only had a couple of pictures and it took an extra long time to complete. I don’t know what will happen tonight with all the pictures in this blog entry.

My RV home across the pond in the center of the Midway Campground.
Wildflower blossom of the day.
Dragon Fly.

The over the air TV signal is also intermittent. I can have as few as one channel or as many as 50 when all the sub-channels are included. Most of the time I only have an NBC, PBS and Spanish language station. All of the channels are out of the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area. It is a good thing that my DirecTV satellite is working. I’m watching a lot of HGTV and Food Network shows.

I spent most of the day at the campground. The pond in the middle of the campground is reported to have two resident gators. So far I’ve haven’t seen two at the same time, I’ve only seen an alligator in two different places at two different times. One was last night across the road from my site and this morning was near a group of picnickers at the end of the lake. The gator was very interested in what they were grilling.

An Egret and three gators in the canal at the Oasis Visitors center. The alligator on the right is trying to sneak up on the egret.
The Egret is planning its escape. Moments later it took off to the left.

To got my alligator fix for the day at the Oasis Visitors Center for the Big Cypress National Preserve. The center is a mile or two west of the campground on the Tamiami trail. It has a deep water section of a canal between the road and the visitors center that is great habitat for alligators. The canal has many gators to observe and most of them were active.

Sunset across the pond and behind my RV home.

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