The next day, because it was already in the 80's, we decided to get our walks in early and headed to Big Cypress Bend Recreation area along highway 41 (the Tamiami Trail) to do a boardwalk----there are numerous boardwalks throughout the park and this was one of the longer ones. The boardwalk is about 2 miles round trip and leads you deep into a cypress swamp. Along the way we saw a baby alligator, a snake sunning itself on a log, a pair of nesting bald eagles and so much more. This area is home to 44 species of orchids and 14 bromeliads (airplants). We didn't see any orchids, but we saw numerous bromeliads and some of them had started blooming.
|Bald Eagle to left, Nest to Right|
From there we drove to a smaller boardwalk for alligator viewing and they were huge!!!!
Then it was to the Kirby Sorter boardwalk that leads you from dry grasslands to deep in a cypress swamp. It was full of birds and very atmospheric.