Tuesday, September 29 – We had a super adventure this morning in the Everglades National Park. We reached the Everglades after a short 30-minute drive from our campground on the Western edge of Miami, Florida. Up FL-997 North (The route we missed yesterday when driving to Miami.) and then west across the Tamiami Trail to the Shark Valley entrance. Admission was free with our America the Beautiful pass – what an amazing program!
We arrived for the first scheduled tram tour through the saw-grass prairie. This 2-hour tour ranks among our “Top Ten” experiences for the year. It cost $17.75 for seniors. We were one of two couples on the tram. The other couple was from Poland. We were lead by two charming tour guides who did a fabulous job pointing out wildlife the entire trip.
We spotted dozens of alligators, birds, turtles, and an unusual sighting in this part of the Everglades, a crocodile, the only one in this part of the park.
Our tour guide taught us how to till how long an alligator is…measure from the
eyes to the end of the nose. That number of inches equals the number of
feet long the alligator is. She guessed this one to be 12 FEET!
Midway through the tram tour, we stopped at the 65-foot tower for spectacular views of the area. This is really the only area where we were swarmed with mosquitoes. The other times were fairly free of those pesky bitters due to the breeze of the moving tram.
Oh yeah, and hundreds of mosquito – don't forget your spray if you decide to take this tour!
All the park employees we talked to complimented us for arriving early to take the first tour. They said that this is the best time to see the wildlife before the heat of the day.
Even though we felt we saw a great deal of alligators and birds, they did say that the migratory bird population is significantly higher during the winter.
We truly enjoyed today's adventure and highly recommend to others contemplating a stop in Southern Florida.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!