Whew! We are finally back into a routine it seems following our latest road trip over the boys’ Spring Break.
A couple of years ago we bought our first annual National Parks Pass. That was the best decision my family has made on vacations! Our goal: to hit EVERY National Park Site once in our lifetime. Did you know that there is an entire club devoted to visiting all the National Parks! It is the National Park Travelers Club and though we aren’t ones now I know we are going to be members soon enough! After our first couple of visits to National Parks in the South West Region we got the boys a National Park Passport that they get stamped at each visitor center. They love doing it. And we make a point to hit every National Park Site we can while on the road.
This Spring Break we chose to take our crew down through southern Florida. We hit DeSoto National Memorial in Bradenton, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Refuge on Sanibel Island, Big Cypress National Preserve near Ochopee, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park and the Canaveral National Seashore. See, I told you we like to see the National Parks!
The first that we visited we were unable to reach the visitor’s center before they closed, so sadly, no stamp at this stop for the boys. Maybe we will stop again another trip just for the stamp. But the actual grounds were open until sunset so we went and explored. It was quiet and an easy hike. It was really foggy too. But there was a small beach where we got to see a couple of small sharks swimming around and check out some plants that we hadn’t noticed before. Here are a few images from that Park.
I am not sure if it was the area or the weather or the time of day but we really didn’t see a whole lot of wildlife here. But oh just wait! In the next few days you will see all the wildlife we DID run into! Some a little bit bigger then others!
P.S. If you are interested in getting a National Park Passport for your kids you can purchase them online here before your next trip. Also, don’t forget to buy your annual pass at your stop in a National Park Visitor Center or entrance! It is well worth it!