The thought of intentionally seeking out places with bad cellular signal would have been unfathomable just a few years ago.
But we’re in the middle of another round of signal enhancing testing for RVMobileInternet, and needed to find a place with very weak signal to really put the gear to the test.
With a denser population in Florida, that’s been pretty hard to find as we’ve roamed around the southern parts.
This post covers: March 1 – 5
Myakka River State Park – Sarasota, FL
We noted a definite drop in signal as we drove past.
The boat we were in process of buying was located in Punta Gorda, so Myakka was perfect to get us positioned back to the west coast. (Trying to guess where to book stays this winter with so many unknowns has been challenging – but it’s worked out beautifully!).
Confirming park reviews, the signal was indeed reported to be pretty unusable.
We only booked a 4-night stay in case we would be unable to work signal magic – we could only responsibly be offline for so long at such a critical juncture of closing on our boat. And of course that work thing.
In retrospect, I should have known we’d be able to make the signal not just usable, but streamable on multiple carriers with our various booster & antenna setups. (Our premium members have access to our field testing results showing what worked best here.)
Myakka River State Park is a truly incredible park – one of the largest and oldest in the Florida park system. We thoroughly enjoyed getting out on our bikes, exploring the trails and climbing the tree top canopy bridge. We were instantly at peace after a couple weeks in the relatively tree-less stay at Jonathan Dickinson.
The site we booked was a huge pull thru in the ‘new’ campground loop. All of the sites in this area were thoughtfully laid out, private feeling and spacious with full hook-ups. The other two older loops were more cramped feeling.
For such a short stay, we didn’t even unhook the MINI Cooper and got around just by bike – covering 10-15 miles a day as we explored.
We never did quite make our schedule align with the air boat or tram tours offered. We could have easily filled more time in the area just kicking back and enjoying the lush forest, alligators and delicious onsite cafe.
But, boat closing was imminent, and we’d needed access to civilization to make that happen.
What’s Up Next?
Our next stop was at Koreshan State Historic Site just south of Ft. Myers – I’ll catch up the blog shortly enough with that lovely stop.
And then, we start sharing more about our new boat!
We moved aboard earlier this week, and have the bus in local storage for quick access as we continue to shuffle things about and get settled. We’ll likely remain docked in the Punta Gorda area for a bit as we get our sea legs, get some onboard training and perhaps start tackling some modifications.
We’re in no rush at all – for now, we’re loving our new floating condo with dolphins & manatees swimming by!