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Subject:  Re: The Florida Trip Date:  4/10/2004  11:42 AM
Author:  GrandmaLil Number:  1163 of 2553

We took a day trip down to Key West, so I guess you can say I got all the way South. My favorite spot is a campground called Ft. DeSoto State Park. It's a toughy to get into though. Reservations can only be made 30 days in advance, and only in person. Fortunately my niece's mother-in-law lives not too far away, and she goes over and makes our reservations for us. Sometimes it's tough at different campgrounds to get three sites together, but we managed to do it at all except two.
At one campground the sites were so large that I was able to pull the motorhome in frontwards and was actually on my brother's site, but hooked up to my site which was next to him. That enabled us to sit with our awnings about six feet apart or so, and was a very cozy setup.
The weather was pretty decent. We had a couple of days that were 'cool' (even 50-ish), and many nights we would run our small portable electric heaters, but weather between 65 and 80 was the most common. Only had one real 'rainout' day. That was okay. It was a good day for playing cards and doing some shopping.
I am now mapping out my next trip which will be in a couple of months. I plan to hit the Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon). Have already been to Yellowstone twice, but I don't think I can pass by without making another trip there. Also plan to hit a couple of other National Parks on my out and back. One of my retirement goals is to hit as many National Parks as I can (particularly those I can drive to).
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