Rather than deal with I-95 north through the Miami metro area, we decided to head north and see Lake Okechobee. John had never seen it, and I only vaguely remember seeing it from the car as a child. The towns we passed through on the way were terribly depressed - not the Florida on the travel brochures, for sure! We found access to the lake finally, and sat and watched for a while. There were no boats to be seen anywhere - we guessed that it probably isn't very deep.
We saw a sign that indicated a "natural area" and turned off to explore. How glad we were that we did! There were two crested caracara who were fairly unconcerned about our stopping - a lifer for us both.
The natural area turned out to be on a private farm , and it was getting dusky - the signs indicated that it would close at sunset, and there were indeed gates, so we stayed close to the car, lest we spend the night camping!
I had never seen a live armadilla - I thought they were all Florida roadkill! But this one was just waddling around...he had sort of a horsey face.
I don't think I've mentioned that I'm long back home - I did get "snowed out" though...I was to drive back on Monday March 2, but my son called and said not to try - 8 - 11" of snow was expected overnight. So I just kicked back when we got back to Jacksonville, and came home Wednesday.
The rest of my trip photos will get posted ASAP - Merritt Island coming up.