As we entered the almost empty campground at Big Cypress National Preserve we were greeted by a small deer.
The next morning we headed to The Everglades National Park even though it was raining. We were greeting by a large alligator. Marcus and Caroline completed the Junior Ranger program there. We learned so much about the importance of this ecosystem.
We headed out for the 7 mile bike ride to the tower at Shark Valley even thought it was still raining. The path was paved and took you right through the sawgrass meadows.
From the the top of the tower it seemed like you could see to the end of the earth. There are distinct landscapes which flow seamlessly together. The first is the waving fields (really covered with water) of sawgrass, the next is the slightly higher mangroves which support so much of the life here and then there are the tangled dense hardwood hammocks of cypress trees. It was a beautiful 8 mile ride back on the loop to the visitor center. We saw 16 confirmed alligators on our 15 mile ride and many different species of birds. We then decided to take an airboat ride through the Everglades which was so much fun. We didn’t see any alligators but the views were breathtaking and we did see a turtle. Which they told us alligators eat like potato chips.At Safari Park we walked through the dense Everglade forest and Marcus and Caroline were able to hold a two year old alligator named Snappy.God definitely had his hand in the beautiful sky that evening…
and Caroline and Marcus had a some time to practice on there wheels!