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The two RV Gypsies stopped in Wauchula, Florida
to kayak the Peace River
June 26-29, 2014

Florida map showing location of Wauchula

The two RV Gypsies parked AWO at the Thousand Trails Campground in Wauchula, Florida so that they could kayak the Peace River. It is a nice campground with paved roads and plenty of 50-amp full-service sites, with adequate space between sites. But only a few TV channels and very low water pressure. The campground has cabins, a boat ramp, tent sites, a nice pool, small hot tub & small rec room. Wi-Fi only at the rec room by the office, NOT at sites.  No washing cars/RVs.  Only back-in sites. Check out is noon for RVs. This is the second time that the two RV Gypsies have been at this campground. In 2013 they went to Solomon's Castle, Bok Tower Gardens, and Spook Hill while at this campground. Scroll down for photos during this 2014 visit, kayaking the Peace River and more.

Thousand Trails Sign
the pool at Thousand Trails
The RV and toad of the two RV Gypsies
the RV and toad of the two RV Gypsies

Wauchula is a city located in Hardee County, Florida, United States. Wauchula has been called the "Cucumber Capital of the World", although citrus has become a more important agricultural crop over the past few decades.


The two RV Gypsies explored Paynes Creek Park in Bowling Green, Florida - located on the site where Fort Chokonikla (1849) once stood. After paying the $3 entry fee, the two RV Gypsies took a short walk on the Peace River Trail. No alligators were seen. It was a hot day - about 93 degrees, so this was the only trail that the two RV Gypsies explored. There isn't much at this park, just a few hiking trails, and the Visitor Center, a small picnic area, a small playground, and a monument honoring Fort Chokonikla.

sign-Paynes Creek Historic State Park
sign: Peace River Trail
sign: Alligators

The two RV Gypsies noticed that the water level was high enough to creep up onto several of the steps.  They also wondered why the steps are there since swimming is not allowed due to alligators. Surely nobody stands there to fish, and it isn't suitable to launch a canoe or kayak there. Oh yeah - it was put there so Karen could take a few photos.

Peace River
Peace River
Peace River
Peace River
sign: Cypress Swamps

clipart laughing dudeThe two RV Gypsies went inside the Visitor Center at Paynes Creek Historic State Park, and Karen decided to aim the big cannon at Lee. What a brave soul Lee is, he sticks his hand inside the cannon that is aimed at him.

Lee Duquette in the visitor Center
Lee Duquette and a cannon
Lee Duquette and a cannon

PeaceThe two RV Gypsies took a kayak trip on the Peace River through Peace River Adventures. They were picked up at Thousand Trails campground and driven to the ramp where they launched the rented kayak. Half a day cost $45 for a 2-person kayak. Single kayaks were $45 each, so the two RV Gypsies decided on the 2-person kayak. It was a nice, peaceful, quite trip and the two RV Gypsies were the only people on this portion of the Peace River. Maybe because it was a very hot day.

sign: Peace River Adventures
the two RV Gypsies in the kayak on Peace River
the two RV Gypsies in the kayak on Peace River
the two RV Gypsies in the kayak on Peace River
the two RV Gypsies in the kayak on Peace River
kayaking Peace River
Karen Duquette kayaking Peace River
a lone tree
a cow along Peace River
a cow along Peace River
kayaking Peace River
kayaking Peace River
kayaking Peace River
kayaking Peace River

Three turtles on a log.

No alligators were seen, but Lee did see a snake.

Three turtles on a log on Peace River
sign: alligators and snakes
sign - Highlands Hammock State Park
a tiny frog on a log

The two RV Gypsies hiked Fern Garden Trail and the Richard Lieber Memorial Trail in Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, Florida. There were lots of mosquitos, but the two RV Gypsies had sprayed themselves and did not get bit. Due to the heat and the mosquitos, these were not pleasant hikes. The tree below is the 1,000 year old Live Oak that is referred to as the "oldest living thing in the Hammock" according to the park's history books. Parts of the tree has been reinforced, as seen in the photo below on the right which is part of the tree laying flat on the ground.

1,000 year old Live Oak tree
reinforced part of the Live Oak tree
hiking at Highlands Hammock State Park
hiking at Highlands Hammock State Park
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