Collier-Seminole State Park, Here We Come

It was a wonderful day for a change of location. The sun was shining and there was a slight breeze, the temperature in the truck registered 28°C. We stuck to Interstate 75 from Palmetto to just outside Naples. Here we took exit 101 off I75 onto County Route 951 and then branched onto State Route 41 into the park. Staying on the Interstate highways is the way to go if you are wanting to get from A to B in a hurry. There are at least 2 lanes so you don’t have to worry about holding up traffic. When the road does widen, you have to watch that the slow lane (the one I like to travel in) doesn’t disappear. We have found in our travels that the Interstate highways only widen to three or four lanes (or more) when you are approaching or leaving a larger city. This is the reason you need to be extra cautious on these wider sections as you may end up exiting into one of these cities as your lane disappears. The Interstate highway system is not the way to go if you want to amble along and see the sights, there are no stops on these routes.

We pulled into the park in the middle of the afternoon and quickly found our campsite. What we found was not what we had expected given our previous experience with Florida State Parks. The sites were not paved or gravelled and were all, oh so close to one another. It was like we were camping in a large field, campers in every direction nestled between trees. After we got settled, Bev and I went for a bike ride to see the sites. Luckily for use we found a different campsite that was at least twice as large as the one we were in. A quick trip to the park office and we had secured this larger site for the duration of our stay. We were on the move again.

After supper when we were getting ready to settle in for the night, it was time to get the TV set up. The park information advised that there were 6 stations we should be able to receive. I was surprised when we were able to get more than 6 channels and I was even more surprised when I found out than none of the stations we could get were in English. These were all broadcasting in Spanish. So the antenna came down and we ended up watching a movie from the computer.

Before we left Fiesta Grove I was wondering if we would have the soft cooing of the doves at our new location. Well last night I didn’t hear any doves but there sure were a lot of crickets out making quite a bit of noise. So much so that I was afraid they might keep us up.

Here are some pictures from around the campsite.



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