Just what is there to do in the Everglades?

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View of Florida Bay from Christian Point

whats to do paddling  037We began our exploration on bicycles, which is a great a way to cover some ground around the campsite and beyond without having to get into a car.   Several of the trails allow bicycles as well.

whats to do  003whats to do  002whats to do  013We also hiked on a number of the trails, many of which are between ½ mile and 3 ½ miles (which is nice when it’s hot and humid) but incredibly varied, offering a glimpse into multiple habitats and wildlife.  Our friends Al and Bonnie joined us for a few hikes one weekend.whats to do   039whats to do  011whats to do  012whats to do  015whats to do  014whats to do  008whats to do  007whats to do  002

whats to do paddling  036whats to do paddling  017We also went canoeing and kayaking and rented a flats boat for half a day.   Being on the water gives you a very different view of the different habitats and wildlife.  We discovered one of our favorite canoe trails on a ranger-guided program on Nine Mile Pond, which had some very technical and fun areas to paddle in.whats to do paddling  034whats to do paddling  026

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I'm too sexy ...

I’m too sexy …

On this particular trip, we heard alligators bellowing – a mating call – for the first time.  Their mating season usually starts in March, but they apparently are starting early this year.  The sound is a scary and very deep rumble you can hear for a great distance and is accompanied by a mating display of arched backs and inflating their throats.

CROCZILLA!

CROCZILLA!

whats to do paddling  032whats to do paddling  031On that same trip, we were supposed to see “Croczilla” the largest known crocodile in the park (14 feet long or so!), who makes this pond his home.  But he wasn’t around that day.  So we went “Croczilla” hunting on Nine Mile Pond on another day and found him there in all his splendor.

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We participated in some other ranger-led programs, more on this later.

And we signed up for a group boat tour of Florida Bay.

Two weeks at the Everglades was clearly not going to be enough.

~ Brenda

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3 thoughts on “Just what is there to do in the Everglades?

  1. So very lovely — so vibrantly alive!!! I feel with you via Hector’s photos!!!! Thank you. Steer clear of CrocZilla and all of his cuz-es! xo, Jean

  2. That is exactly what is missing in MY life, an angry, horny alligator! Makes you think getting eaten may not be worst thing they can do!!

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