Another wonderful day of connecting with friends from home! Jim and Joanne are camping just a few sites down from us, and today we spent the day exploring and enjoying wild (and warm!) Florida.
From 1906 to 1982, the Ted Smallwood store served as a trading post to the people who make their home in and around the 10,000 islands near Chokoloskee Island. It’s now a museum, filled with tales and memorabilia that inform, delight, and amaze.
After a stop at the Museum of the Everglades, Joanne and I split off for lunch at a quirky restaurant whose name I don’t even know, while Russ and Jim headed for the Havana Café down the road a few miles.
We spent much of the afternoon at the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve among the old growth bald cypress trees where I was introduced to the Strangle Fig. This amazing tree begins as an air plant when its seed lands in the top of a tree. This ungrateful guest then proceeds to strangle its host until its roots reach the ground, at which time it changes from an epiphyte (air plant) to a terrestrial plant.