|Our Cabin and Rental Car|
We had rented a cabin on the water with its own dock in Everglade City; it had to be on the water because Mac loves to fish (strictly catch and release).
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale Monday afternoon after a relatively painless flight from Savannah, picked up our rental car, a quick stop to buy groceries and we were on our way. We drove along I-75, also known as Alligator Alley, and soon were driving along the water and everywhere there were flocks of birds----I don't mean little song birds, I mean flocks of Ibis, Heron, Cormorants and Ahingas. I had never seen anything like it.
|Mac's Fishing Buddies|
These Were All Taken on the Airboat Ride
From there we drove to the Shark Valley Recreation area because we wanted to rent bikes. It was about a half hour drive down route 41, lots of stopping places along the way with trails and wooden walkways to explore---but that was for the next day.Made it to the recreation area, had to wait for a parking spot (very limited parking), but not too long and we chatted with the Ranger while we waited. Once inside the park I rented bikes while Mac made a pit stop. Now I haven't been on a bike in about 15 years, but Mrs. Micawber. whom I read every day, is an avid bike rider and one doesn't really forget how to do it, so I wasn't worried. Fell off as soon as I got on, got back on, figured out the steering was really sloppy, had to be careful about oversteering, and off we went down the bike path.
Now we have alligators here in Georgia, nearly always have one living in the lagoon out back, but Florida has ALLIGATORS , they were huge, lounging all over the place and we're not talking tame animals here, in fact I had to sign a release of liability before we could take the bikes out. The real highlight was having a LARGE alligator cross the path and then lay down next to her young alligators.
Soon it was too hot for more riding so we headed back to the beginning.
|Miccosucki Style Building|
Back at the cabin Mac fished and I just watched. What an incredible day.
Tomorrow will be boardwalks and a boat ride through the mangrove swamps.
|Alligator Joins Us For Lunch|