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Old 11-11-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Alberta, Canada to Key West - July, 2014

Hi All,

Drove our rig to Monterey, Disneyland, San Diego and the Grand Canyon this summer as a test run for the big one in July, 2014 - Cochrane, Alberta, Canada to Key West, FL via Rapid City, SD, Kansas City, MO, Nashville,TN, Fort Wilderness and Disney World, Sugarloaf Key/Key West and then back along the Gulf Coast to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, then Amarillo, TX, Denver, CO and home! Will take four days to drive down, fly the family into Orlando, and then we'll all begin the driving vacation together at a more leisurely pace!

Planned highlights of the trip are nine nights at Fort Wilderness, seven at Orlando/Kissimmee KOA, two at West Palm Beach/Lion Country Safari KOA, six at Sugarloaf Key KOA and four at Baton Rouge KOA, with the balance being travelling days. Travelling with my lovely wife and three and six year old boys!

Disney, the ocean, gators, the bayou, cajun culture and food, etc. etc. etc. - the whole deal!

As of right now, looking for tips and pointers on travelling down into the Keys and good spots where my boys can get a "taste" of what the Everglades are like...I travelled to Florida several times as a child with my parents, but that was 30+ years ago!

Thanks,

tyee43
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:51 PM   #2
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I am sorry that you are going to South Florida in the summer, way to hot and humid. South Florida is a place that many of us older folks go during the winter. That said, the kids will not care about the heat and humidity and you will have a great time. The time that you would want to be out of Canada, winter, this kids will be in school. Have a great trip.
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:20 AM   #3
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Hi All,

Drove our rig to Monterey, Disneyland, San Diego and the Grand Canyon this summer as a test run for the big one in July, 2014 - Cochrane, Alberta, Canada to Key West, FL via Rapid City, SD, Kansas City, MO, Nashville,TN, Fort Wilderness and Disney World, Sugarloaf Key/Key West and then back along the Gulf Coast to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, then Amarillo, TX, Denver, CO and home! Will take four days to drive down, fly the family into Orlando, and then we'll all begin the driving vacation together at a more leisurely pace!

Planned highlights of the trip are nine nights at Fort Wilderness, seven at Orlando/Kissimmee KOA, two at West Palm Beach/Lion Country Safari KOA, six at Sugarloaf Key KOA and four at Baton Rouge KOA, with the balance being travelling days. Travelling with my lovely wife and three and six year old boys!

Disney, the ocean, gators, the bayou, cajun culture and food, etc. etc. etc. - the whole deal!

As of right now, looking for tips and pointers on travelling down into the Keys and good spots where my boys can get a "taste" of what the Everglades are like...I travelled to Florida several times as a child with my parents, but that was 30+ years ago!

Thanks,

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What a nice trip. I'm sure you will have a grand time.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:18 AM   #4
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Mdamm,

It's a long drive but we hope you all have a great trip. As I read this out to my DW she said "I know who they are!" Small world. I was just surprised to see someone from the same town, let alone Miss Diane knowing exactly who you are.
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:28 PM   #5
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Been to Fort Wilderness a few times now...you will LOVE it. Your off season in the keys though because it's most popular for snowbirds in the winter "BUT" it's always beautiful Surgerloaf KOA sucks...it really does. Get a reservation at Boyds of key west....that's the place you want to be!
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:19 PM   #6
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I recommend taking US HWY 27S out of Orlando to FL road 997. It's mostly 4 lane with a few small town and right through the glades. You also miss alot of the traffic.

On your way back from the Keys checkout US Hwy 41 towards Naples then jump back onto I75. Plenty of gators just laying around.

If you have time check out the gulf shores between Panama City to Gulf Shores, AL. (Top Sail SP, Fort Pickens Federal Park, 2 of our favorites)


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Old 12-09-2013, 08:37 PM   #7
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I'm tired from driving just reading your itinery. Sounds like a ton of fun tho.
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Sounds great!

To truly see gators, you have to come to my side of the state... the treasure coast. Just one trip kayaking with me and you'll have your fill.

My husband and I went to the Keys and stayed at Curry Hammock over 4th of July. Had a great time.

How old are your boys? I wouldn't suggest too much in the Everglades, to be honest. 1. It will be hard to get your rig around and 2. it's not for the faint of heart. Just driving across I-75 (dubbed Alligator Alley from the 'olden' days but you won't see one gator the entire drive) is tough enough.

In all honesty, the best way to drive across the state is to take 60 from Yeehaw Junction. You will see REAL Florida, lots of open land. Then go through Tampa up along US 19 to stop in Homosassa or Crystal River.

Florida has many sides, but the tourist side and real side are very very different! I could go on and on.

Any chance you can cut back on your days in Kissimmee or Disney? July in Florida truly isn't that bad on the coast, but in Orlando it is stifling.
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