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Old 01-11-2015, 05:49 PM   #21
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We came to Florida for a two week vacation. Ended up buying a house, becoming Florida residents. resigning our job (I worked a notice, my wife is a teacher and was summer), scheduling a mover, putting our house on the market.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:20 PM   #22
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"Speaking for South Florida. First, we have enough people so not at all encouraging more people to move here."

Wait, what?? Were you the last people allowed to move to south Florida? Am I missing something here?
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:30 PM   #23
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"Speaking for South Florida. First, we have enough people so not at all encouraging more people to move here."

Wait, what?? Were you the last people allowed to move to south Florida? Am I missing something here?
Yes, it's a matter of law.....lol...Border closed July 1, 2012.

Of course most of us came here from other places. A state of immigrants closing the door to any more....lol

Obviously not working as we've now passed NY as the third largest state. Adding over 100,000 people per year.

My post meant in humor to the one criticizing Florida as being a place they wouldn't want to live.
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Scottie that looks like a first class airboat operation. My wife has never been on an airboat and wants to go for a ride. If I bring her up, how do I get you as the captain?
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:29 PM   #25
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We're back home now after a very long day yesterday and an overnight in Seattle. When you go from WA to FL and back, it's a loooooong trip. I guess that's why people in the western states vacation in AZ and surrounding states. We fly from here to Mesa, AZ in 2 hours. Not a bad trip.

I'd hate to make that all day long jaunt to Fl very often.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:35 PM   #26
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Sorry. ... Florida is so unforgettable (and with an unhealthy, tropical climate), we've never taken a photograph there worth forwarding. (I'm a hill/mountain, low-humidity person). ... Regardless, Perla (a tropical island girl) is going to meet a friend there this week in Florida to swim with the dolphins. So, there is still hope.


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Old 01-11-2015, 10:12 PM   #27
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Scottie that looks like a first class airboat operation. My wife has never been on an airboat and wants to go for a ride. If I bring her up, how do I get you as the captain?

I'd like to know the same. Talk about a cool combo trip. High speed airboats, gators and a TF'er for the captain too. What's not to like?

Mark, Perla will love it as my sister-in-law highly recommends the experience.
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A couple of years ago we went on a private air-boat in Louisiana. Interesting, but the alligators were hiding. Southern Louisiana:


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Mark, you could always live in the cool of the North Georgia Mountains, and still be a days drive from South Florida. Ask Ulysses.

Oops! Gotta go. I'm hearing those damn banjos again.
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Don, there is too much road kill in Georgia. And I'm only within 25 minutes of my boat now.
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:52 AM   #31
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Don, there is too much road kill in Georgia. And I'm only within 25 minutes of my boat now.
So, Hotel California it is....
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We worked in Miami and lived near Ft. Lauderdale for three years... would go back in a heartbeat. Well, almost. Boating there isn't like here on the Chesapeake, hard choice to make...

We were living in almost the 'glades, and the nearest airboat tour was about 10 minutes from our house. Used to take visitors all the time. Another fun option was to launch our own long/motorized canoe at the same place, and take visitors out that way. Had to pay beaucoup attention to the airboats and lane crossings, though, since we were such a low profile and relatively slow craft. I could usually put the bow up within a few feet of whatever sleeping 'gators we came across.. to the point where I (learned later I) seriously frightened one of our guests...

We were in Key West last Feb, heading to Ft. Myers this coming March.

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Scottie that looks like a first class airboat operation. My wife has never been on an airboat and wants to go for a ride. If I bring her up, how do I get you as the captain?
Call the number and ask Lisa to book you with captain Scott.
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Nice to see your pictures of your Florida trip and dream while sitting in NYC when its cold and rainy!
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One of the best parts of the whole trip to FL was a side trip down a hard packed dirt road we took while returning to Ft. Myers from Key West. On the Tamiami Trail (Hwy 41/90), about 19 miles west of Hwy 997, the main highway turns to the NW. At that point the back road takes off to the south and runs due west for several miles and eventually hooks back up with Hwy 41/90 about 20 miles later. If you are going to try to find it on a map, try Google Earth rather than Google Maps because it shows up better.

It's a decent road, hard pack and easily traveled with a regular car, and that's where we saw all the gators. We didn't keep a count of them, but I'd bet we saw 40-50 along that road. That's where most of the good photos were taken. There are also lots of swamp dwelling birds to see and photograph, and it's just a beautiful drive.
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One of the best parts of the whole trip to FL was a side trip down a hard packed dirt road we took while returning to Ft. Myers from Key West. On the Tamiami Trail (Hwy 41/90), about 19 miles west of Hwy 997, the main highway turns to the NW. At that point the back road takes off to the south and runs due west for several miles and eventually hooks back up with Hwy 41/90 about 20 miles later. If you are going to try to find it on a map, try Google Earth rather than Google Maps because it shows up better.

It's a decent road, hard pack and easily traveled with a regular car, and that's where we saw all the gators. We didn't keep a count of them, but I'd bet we saw 40-50 along that road. That's where most of the good photos were taken. There are also lots of swamp dwelling birds to see and photograph, and it's just a beautiful drive.
Gators near or on the road can be dangerous, specially at night. There was a young man in Cocoa killed when his pickup truck hit a gator crossing the road at night and rolled the truck. Yep, you guessed it, no seat belts. Not sure they would have helped as hitting an 8-10 ft gator at 45MPHs is going to cause some mayhem.

Wild pigs are also a major nuisance at night. Hitting them will ruin your car and maybe a lot more. The hogs are big, low profile and black making them real hard to see on the road.

Did I mention deer and black bear?
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Gators near or on the road can be dangerous, specially at night. There was a young man in Cocoa killed when his pickup truck hit a gator crossing the road at night and rolled the truck. Yep, you guessed it, no seat belts. Not sure they would have helped as hitting an 8-10 ft gator at 45MPHs is going to cause some mayhem.

Wild pigs are also a major nuisance at night. Hitting them will ruin your car and maybe a lot more. The hogs are big, low profile and black making them real hard to see on the road.

Did I mention deer and black bear?

MMmmm ..... Deer, gator, hog sounds good. ya having a BBQ?

I have hunted all right here in FL. Black bear are becoming a problem again, several attacks on folks walking at night. Course in bear country ya carry, after all it is Florida.
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GFC, you're describing Loop Road. It used to be a real wild area. There was a bar on the road called The Gator Hook. It was notorious for shootings, knifings and prostitution. When the National Park Service took ownership of the land, the owner burned it down so they couldn't have it.

Lucky Cole has a compound out there where he will give you a beer in exchange for a donation and photograph your wife nude. The author Tim Dorsey used Lucky in his book, Gator a Go Go. Dorsey has thrown a couple of partys there that were a lot of fun. I really liked the lesbian bike club that showed up,
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Parks, glad that you are Dorsey connoisseur! I'm considering naming my tender Coleman......
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That's appropriate. Coleman is a little dingy.
Dorsey has a new book coming out January 27th called Shark Skin Suit.
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