K a r e n &
J i m ' s F l o r i d a K e y s A d v e n t u r e
Karen and Jim Byerly flew to Ft. Myers,
FL to begin their Florida Keys adventure. We traveled to Altamonte
Springs (a suburb of Orlando) to visit friends.
While in Altamonte Springs we
Spring State Park to view the Manatees (left) make their
daily migration toward the warmer 72 degree water flowing from
the spring. The manatees
are docile slow moving creatures who are subject to being hit
by the many boats in Florida waters.
While in Orlando we
spent an afternoon at Wekiwa
Springs State Park. Karen is pictured to the right on
the path by the spring. The photo to the lower left was
also taken at Wekiwa Spring.
a few days in the Orlando area we headed down to Key Largo for
a few days of camping. We ended up staying at the hideous
Camping America Campground. Karen quickly nicknamed it the
Indy 500 campground because when we went to bed in our tent our
heads were only about 20 feet from the two southbound lanes of
We spent some time
Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. We went out on a sailing
catamaran to do some snorkeling on the reef. There was an amazing
variety of both soft and hard corals. We saw some evidence
of coral bleaching. The water clarity wasn't as good as
we were hoping for; it was slightly cloudy. We were also
somewhat surprised that we saw so few fish.