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Friday, September 14, 2012

Redlands Florida

Homestead Florida.

We left the Crystal Lake Campground around 9:30 this morning.  I-95 south again brought us through on and off showers.  Light showers for the most part, then bright sunshine.

Most of you know that I like to stop at Flying J when they are available to gas up.  The Flying J at Fort Pierce is my usual stop before getting on the Florida's Turnpike.  The Ft. Pierce Flying J is not as good as most but it is the last J headed south.  Its problem is that it doesn't have a good RV parking area like most of the others.  These stores have dedicated RV lanes for fuel, a 2 cent per gallon discount for using their loyalty card, and (normally) a parking area for RVs.  We typically fuel up, pull over to the RV area and have lunch or a break.  But this one has no place for RVs to park; and it was very busy.  We had to get our fuel, then go 20 miles south to the next rest area for lunch.   Next time I will stop at the one at St. Augustine instead.

By the way, there is a brand new Flying J in St. George SC on I-95 and it has no RV parking either.  But at least they do direct RVs around to the very large truck parking area.  You do have to share with the commercial truckers, but the parking area is so big that it doesn't seem to be an issue.

By 3:00 PM we were in the Redlands agricultural area just north of Homestead Florida.  We dropped by Miami Everglades RV Resort.  This is the RV park where we spent a couple of weeks last February. Wow, what a difference between then (peak of peak season,) and now (very off season.)  In February this place was packed choc-a-block with all types of RVs and campers.  Now it is almost empty.

This place is in the middle of a huge agricultural area where I think you can find almost any type of plant being grown on very large farms. Flowers, palms, vegetables, fruit;  its all there.  Here is a picture of a large field of ferns in those plastic pots just like you buy them at Walmart or Lowe's.

There is an excellent produce stand that we were looking forward to stopping.  "Robert is Here" is the name of the place but to our disappointment, it was closed September and October. 

We pulled onto our site in the Miami Everglades RV Resort and settled in for the night, feeling like we were parked in the middle of a large farm.  Nice and quiet.  Quite different from the little stop last night on the side of I-95.

Here we are settled on our site at Miami Everglades RV Resort.

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