Two days ago we left Key West. Now we are in Clermont, Florida. You have never heard of Clermont, FL? Shame on you! It is home to the beautiful Lake Louisa State Park and, this time of year, to thousands of “Love Bugs”.
We actually encountered some of these bugs a week ago. Today we encountered them again – hoards of them. They call them “love bugs” because you see them in pairs locked together in joyous (I assume) copulation. They slam into the truck windshield in this state the impact not seeming to stop the activity they are involved in. I noticed, while cleaning them off the front of the trailer, that the dead ones seem to attract live ones whom, it seemed, did not care that the object of affection was but a smear on our trailer.
|Love Bugs meet RV.|
A local told us these bugs are seen only when they mate and this happens two times a year, in May and October. We just were lucky with our timing.
Last night we were in Homestead. Homestead is 130 miles from Key West. We got an early start so arrived in Homestead at noon.
After setting up we drove as far as you can drive into the Everglades National Park.
One of our hopes was to see a Mangrove Cuckoo. We didn’t. We did see a crocodile and lots of other birds but we have never seen a Mangrove Cuckoo in the United States. Pity, no? We took a guided boat tour and had a fine time on it. We were the only native English speakers aboard other than the crew.
|Brenda enjoying the swamp boat ride.|
Another thing we hoped to do was to enjoy seeing Lake Okeechobee. This huge lake has fascinated me since I was a kid. The name is cool! I was dying to see it but you can’t. The Army Corp of Engineers has build a dirt wall between the lake and the highway. We think the wall must be there to contain the lake which, I suppose, must wonder about some.
The Lake Louise State Park where we are tonight is very nice. It is known for the scenery. This is Florida hill country. Yes, there are hills in Florida. Except for the land fills there aren’t tall hills in Florida. The hills here in the State Park must be about as tall as they get here in Florida. The highest point in Florida is something lie 384 feet. Maybe the park was established to preserve the hills?