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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:59 am 
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Yes, folks, we're doing it again this year -- 10 days in Flamingo Campground in Everglades National Park -- in the middle of winter! You are all invited! There are likely to be day paddles, night paddles, a swamp tromp (last year we tromped into a cypress dome and found the resident alligator at home!). Everything is improvised, unguided, and optional. And guaranteed to be memorable!

Reservations for the campground can be made at www.recreation.gov. I do recommend reservations this year. The campground will be under new concession management. It can't hurt to lock in your reservation and rate before that happens. Wry smiley face.

If you're interested, send me a private message on this forum with your email address, and I'll email you the f.a.q. If you decide to come, let me know, so I can get a head count for the ... tada! ... pancake breakfast!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:09 pm 
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Bad news everyone, I received an automated phone call and an email from recreation. gov this morning informing me all reservations for Flamingo from 11/15/17 to 4/15/18 are cancelled. Refunds will be issued. They do not know when the campground will reopen. We moved to Everglades City the last time a hurricane tested our patience. Where would y'all like to go this time? We need a quick decision as sites fill up fast in January. Earl


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:50 pm 
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Well that sucks. Wish I had suggestions for alternatives but I just don't know the Everglades. In any case I will be there wherever you move the Flotilla to. Fingers crossed you can find a place.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:00 am 
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Yep, it's not looking too good for Flamingo this year, though who knows -- the campground could be ready for action well before 4/15. No way to tell at this point. After Hurricane Wilma dumped scads of mud on the campground in October, 2005, it was reopened late January the next year. So there is some justification for optimists to keep their fingers crossed.... But still, the Park's official line is 4/15. So we have to take that seriously.

Here is a link to the NPS's excellent daily updates on the restoration progress at the many South Florida national parks which were damaged by Irma:

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/severe ... sponse.htm

Here is a link to pictures of the various parks impacted by the hurricane, posted by the NPS. Flamingo is in there, at the beginning of page 1 and on page 2 of the pictures.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nps_eimt/

I've suggested to the folks on the flotilla email list the we continue the discussion here as to whether to cancel, relocate, or hope for the best.

Someone suggested Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Looks like a tempting venue, but near as I can tell, it's fully booked for our time slot -- and for most of the winter season.

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