The Everglades: gators galore!

3/28/22

Wow, what a day!

My Miami Warmshowers host, Ruben, had suggested that we take a bike tour around downtown Miami and Miami Beach today, which had sounded great to me. But then when we got to looking at the map, I asked about the Everglades, and he then offered instead to accompany me out there—driving about 50 miles each way—to bike the 15-mile loop at the park entrance we went to.

I don’t know if I ever thought I’d visit the Everglades. Certainly I had heard about the area throughout my life. But I hadn’t even thought I’d make it to Florida on this trip. Life unfolds in mysterious ways…

Anyway, it was quite an experience! We are both tired and slightly sunburned now, despite multiple applications of sunscreen, but it was a great adventure. We saw many birds, several turtles (sadly hard to photograph), large bees, dragonflies… and so. many. gators.

I’ll mostly let the photos speak for themselves. It is hard to convey the scale, but the one in this first photo was extra large, perhaps ten or even twelve feet long. We also saw a couple of babies, perhaps five feet from head to tail. Most were probably around eight feet.

The terrain was flat, and there was little shade. At about the halfway point was a cool lookout tower, from which I took a couple of the pics.

Ruben will be working tomorrow, so I’ll have the day to myself. I plan to do a self-guided version of the city tour he suggested.

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