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Saturday April 11
[--We are home now with a lot of catching up to do. Currently, I have added pictures through March 3...

And today, I added titles for each day, saying what we did and offering a web site which acts as a placeholder until I get to adding our pictures and stories. Sigh.--]

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Bicycling from Everglades City, FL to Smallwoods Store, Chokoloskee, FL

Marsha: The new bikes are great. According to Harry’s bike computer we rode 9.5 miles today. From the Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Headquarters in Everglades City to Chokoloskee Island along a causeway.

Our destination was Smallwood’s Store. The 1906 store and trading post is now a museum that tells the history of the settlement of southwest Florida. The store is a time capsule with original goods on the shelves and many old photographs and exhibits to tell the stories of natives and the pioneer settlers. Marsha has been reading Peter Matthiessen”s Shadow Country and wanted to visit some of the sites that figure prominently in the narrative.

Harry: We decided that before tackling the 15 mile loop bike ride at Shark Valley, we would go for something a little shorter: what turned out to be a 9.5 mile bike ride from the Everglades City National Park ranger station to Smallwood's Store in Chockoskee. Chockoskee is a group of houses and stores about 3.5 miles from the ranger station along a causeway that has mangrove swamp on one side and a bay on the other.

 The fishing is great and so is the biking 
On Our New Bikes
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 Pelican preening hard to reach spot 
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 Looks a little like Scrooge McDuck 

We learned that although pelicans are big birds and if judged by the weight of other animals look like they would be pretty heavy. But, this isn't true since they are mostly feathers and hollow bones. We were told they weight about 3-4 pounds, but the article on Pelicans in Wikipedia says it is more like 6 pounds.

 Smallwoods Store Musuem 
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Marsha's Explanation of Smallwood Store
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 Spam Birds 
"Spam Birds: Wrap thin slices of spam around your favorite stuffing, fasten with tooth picks, brown in hot oven. Serve with garden peas, fried candied sweets. Spam is rich in B1 and B2 because it is pure pork."

Don't laugh too much: With the current economy, we're closer to eating Spam Birds than ever before in our lifetimes.

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We had a nice lunch at the Havana Café on Chokoloskee. Good food and nice folks. They were especially nice when Marsha managed to fall over in the parking lot having tripped on a shoelace while wheeling her bike toward the street. It doesn’t even qualify as a biking accident since I wasn’t even riding. Just a few scrapes on my hand and elbow and a nice black and blue hip but I did draw a crowd of helpful and concerned folks.

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After lunch, we rode back to the ranger station in Everglades City, a leasurely ride passing beautiful scenery and interesting birds.

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 Small Hawk 
The Birds We Saw on Chokoloskee Island
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 Scene along the causeway from Everglades City to Chokoloskee 

New Gadgets Used Today

Among other things today was a chance to try out several new gadgets:

  • Our new bikes on a ride together outside of our condo area.
  • Continued experimentation with the Flip Mino HD video camera. It takes some experimentation to understand how best to use this camera. I realize this is not usually the way you view a product. Usually you have a task and buy a product to perform the task. With this camera, since it is really different than a standard video camera, you need to find situations where you can use it. For example, this camera is really intended to shoot very short video sequences which then can be combined to create a longer movie.
The Flip Mino HD is clearly a product of the YouTube generation where people want to take video at parties, not long panoramas of Yosemite Valley. Actually, that is the way video is supposed to be shot, and so, once again, we learn from our children.
  • Use of our new bicycle computers. These have come down in price so much that we decided to get one for each bike. They cost $10/each.
  • A new tracking device the size of a book of matches that takes a reading of where you are every 15 seconds. This has lots of potential uses, including tagging photographs you take during the tracking with the exact location you were when you took the photograph. The software that comes with the device also allows you to see a playback of your you progress during the trip on Google Maps. Very clever device.

And, even more clever software. Once you get home to your computer, you can download all of the tracking points to a program that will do several things. First, it will show you on Google Maps where you traveled. Not only does it show you tracks, but it will also animate your progress along these tracks by moving an icon of your vehicle (car or bike, in our case) along the track in a simulated trip. You can see various dynamic displays of speed and elevation, as well as the time, and distance traveled.

But, that's not all! If you have taken photographs along the way, you can introduce those photographs to the program and it will show you exactly where you were when you took the photograph!




When I figure out to include the animations produced by i-gotu embedded into this travelog, I will update this page.

All for $45! Is this a great time to be alive, or what?

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