Bordering the Everglades, in the city of Sunrise sits Markham County Park, a sprawling oasis where we were fortunate to stay on our trek south. This was to be our restocking stop before heading to the Keys and we hoped it would be a location where walking and biking trails could be found. Much to our surprise and delight, it far exceeded our expectations, even though at registration we learned the annual Boy Scout Camporee, where thousands of Scouts converge, was to be that weekend at Markham. Other than a few fireworks on their last night, we heard not a peep from any of them.
Besides camping, this 600+ acre park has something for almost everyone, to include the following:
- Barkham at Markham (3.5 acre dog park)
- Radio-controlled airfield (50 acres for model airplanes)
- Personal watercraft lake (26 acres)
- Mountain-bike trails (11 miles)
- Disc golf course
- Shooting range
- New River Canal – used by fishermen, boaters and jet-skiers
- Biking, walking and nature trails throughout the park and along the canal bordering the Everglades
- Tennis and racquetball courts
- Swimming pool
- Fox Observatory (open Saturday nights)
If all of this isn’t enough, you can get your retail fix by visiting Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet mall in the United Sates, boasting 350+ stores. I dared to venture into this retail maze to pick up a few items during our stay in Sunrise. Shopper beware – keep directory map close at hand to navigate through and back out to the parking lot or you could be lost for days. And if you can’t find what you are looking for here, I don’t believe it exists or you are just way too picky!
So, we got our walking and biking fix, a quiet campground to chill in, and some retail therapy to boot. But the very best part of our stay in Sunrise, hands-down, was finally meeting up with MonaLiza and Steve of The Lowe’s RV Adventures. After having decided that no restaurants in the area jumped out at either of us, MonaLiza extended an invitation to dine at their lovely home and I whipped up a little dark chocolate treat as our contribution to their yummy meal.
To say I have looked forward to meeting them is an understatement and with a short window of opportunity to get together, I had my fingers crossed that nothing would prevent our paths from crossing. Meeting them was everything I knew it would be and more.
Joy is the word that best describes this petite island girl. MonaLiza exudes it, whether she is speaking of family, their past travels, plans for the future, or even eating. And although Steve’s personality may be tempered somewhat from that of MonaLiza, we felt that here was someone we could visit with for hours, very warm and engaging. We can’t thank them enough for taking the time to get together and for writing such a wonderful blog that has been like a virtual tour guide for us as we winter in Florida. Given the roads we RVers travel, we feel certain there will be other visits with the Lowe’s in our future. 🙂