Everglades Adventure

We spent a few days in the Everglades this week.  We hadn’t been there before and were really excited about our trip.  We booked a little cabin in Everglades City for three nights, booked a kitty-sitter for the boys, packed our bags and our trikes, and headed out on a four hour trip down I-75.

Everglades City is a tiny little town that thrives on tourists.  Thursday morning we took an airboat ride through the mangroves.  Our guide knew just where to find the pelicans and raccoons.  It was really fun when he cranked it up and spun the boat around the corners of the creek, spraying water and slipping the boat sideways!  Wheeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

After that, we took a swamp buggy tour through the woods.  Here you can see the woods, our tour guide explaining things, and a deer.  Yes, there is a deer in that last picture.

Next on our schedule was a small animal sanctuary and ‘gator show.

And then, it rained.  And it poured.  The wind blew.  It rained some more.  And it poured some more.  It poured a lot more!  It started around 2:30 and it rained the rest of the day. And the evening.  and most of the night.

Friday dawned clear, cool and windy.  Very windy.  We had planned on biking the paved loop road at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park.  But with a 25 mph wind to fight, we decided to take the tram ride around the loop instead.  Our guide pointed out lots of wildlife, and gave us time to climb the tower at the far end of the loop.

This morning we loaded up the trikes, said goodbye to the pelicans and headed home.

While we were disappointed that we couldn’t bike the loop, we did have really good trip.  The kitty-boys are happy to have us home, and we are glad to be back.  

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7 Responses to Everglades Adventure

  1. SuburbanPrairie says:

    Oh, what fun! I got to go to Everglades City with my parents once, and we did the airboat ride. I could have spent all day on that boat! We didn’t do the other fun stuff you guys did, though… looks like, despite the foul weather, you made the most of your time in the ‘Glades! :-)

  2. Jenni says:

    Looks like a great time. Except for the gator. :P

  3. gunnersmama says:

    Only time I’ve ever been in Florida was in and out of Miami airport to/from a cruise ship. Seeing this stuff makes me want to pack up the fifth wheel and head down. Great pics and narrative, cween!

  4. poussinboi says:

    Love that photo of the pelican on the boat! Keep on biking ;)

  5. Catsablanca says:

    You got more accomplished in the Everglades than I have while living in Florida all my life! A friend of mine is a fishing charter boat captain there……she posts some beautiful sunset pictures!

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