We wanted to extend our stay in the Naples area. As a bonus we were able to meet up with some Chicago Jazz Festival buddies Micheal & Vickie.We moved our base of operations from the state park to the Naples KOA–Think parking lot with a full hookup. It’s not as bad as it looks. There are plenty of friendly people, there’s a salt water swimming pool and we’re usually out exploring during the day. A ten minute drive from the KOA was Eagle Lakes Town Park. A great place for walking, biking and watching birds.
We woke early one day and made our way to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary of The Audubon Society. The swamp is home to the largest grove of old growth Cypress trees.
There’s a 2 1/2 mile boardwalk that winds through a wet prairie, Florida pine forest and cypress swamp. The last hurricane took its toll on the trees in the sanctuary.
In spite of of the damage there were still plenty of birds and other wildlife.
We saw birds, butterflies, snakes and turtles.
The highlight of our time on the boardwalk came courtesy of a Red Shoulder Hawk. While we were watching White Ibis feeding, this hawk came out of the trees and swooped down to nab what we think was a small crab about five feet in front of us. No binoculars needed. He/she looked at us and proceeded to feast on its latest kill.
While visiting with Micheal and Vickie we explored Naples. We spent the day at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State beach.
Another day we met them for a late lunch to explore historic 3rd Street in downtown Naples and a sunset stroll on the Municipal Beach by the Pier.
Palm Cottage(1895) oldest house in Naples