Everglades National Park
Day 2 - 21st May 2012
Trails, boardwalks & meeting the locals
Return to Summer
For the first four nights we stayed in Florida City and used it
as a base to explore the southern part the Everglades and some of the
southernmost parts of Florida itself.
Day one saw us head into the Everglades via the Ernest Coe
entrance to walk a number of short trails and boardwalks;
including the Anhinga Trail, Gumbo Limbo Trail, West Lake &
Pa-hay-okee Overlook, before we ended in Flamingo on the southern tip
of mainland Florida between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Our wheels for the first half of the trip, after years of forgetting to
pre-order a US muscle car, we finally got one, a Ford Mustang.
Tropical Storm Beryl and the daily thunderstorms meant that we didn't
have the top down most of the time and the tiny boot due to the
convertible roof meant that I had to empty my bag into several
bin-liners to be able to fit all my clothes in the boot, however it was
still an absolute beauty...
A warning sign at one of the trailhead car parks, that vultures may damage our car...
Miche at the trailheads...
Only a youngster, but still our first 'gator of the trip...
A bigger relative not far away...
Red-Bellied Turtle takes a peak...
Overhead close-up of a Florida Gar...
cloud reflections as the temperature rose steadily to a chorus of loud
Pig Frog calls - which sounded just like, er... pigs...
Fancy a paddle? There are two 7+ feet alligators in this picture - not too easy to spot...
One of them, up-close...
A pair of Florida gar, ancient pike-like predators...