I ended up with reservations in Bonita Springs, FL at Bonita Lake RV Resort. Probably 90% of the people there were snowbirds and the sites were small. I typically don’t mind this, but I didn’t really like this park. Nothing bad, just nothing great.
Somehow I messed up in my planning. I had thought I was going to be at Fort DeSoto during the huge RV show in Tampa, but it was not until the following week. So I drove up to the show from Bonita Springs. I wanted to talk to the folks at Nexxus RV again and visit the vendors. I did go in a few other RVs, more out of curiosity than thinking I might purchase them at some point.
The first picture is of the vendor area. I am glad I got there early as the crowds were already starting to build. The second picture is – I don’t know what to call her- I suppose street entertainment. I don’t go to these type of things for entertainment but they have several people walking around entertaining folks and a few bands. I guess for those that stay all day they need a break. For me, I was in and out in a couple of hours.
One of the reason that I choose Bonita Springs was it was in between Sanibel Island and the Everglades. I had to visit some of my favorite spots. A couple of days, I went to Sanibel and biked (one day 32 miles), bird watched and sat by the beach.
Below is a Hooded Merganser. I had seen one before, but never as close as on this trip.
Below is a juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron. I finally learned the difference between this and a Yellow Crowned Night Heron. This bird has a yellowish lower mandible (lower part of his bill). A Yellow Crowned Night Heron has a black lower mandible. So it is the opposite of what their name is!
I don’t just bird watch, I like looking at most wildlife. The photo above is a Black Mangrove Crab taken while at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
Another day I went to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. I love not only the wildlife but the scenery as well.
Swamp Lily – -
Of course I had to visit Shark Valley at the Everglades while I was in South Florida. I went twice, one day riding the pathway twice (30 miles). The picture below was taken about 10 feet from where I parked my bicycle to visit the lookout tower. This is a spot where I have seen alligators every time I am there.
Purple Gallinule -
From Bonita Springs, I headed north to Lake Louisa State Park. I’ll try to blog about that in a couple of days. I am currently in Grayton Beach State Park and they are calling for rain the next few days. I will try to catch up during that time!