Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The Everglades

No cards today – and you’d best sit down with a cuppa as this may be a long post!!!!

I’ve just returned from 3 weeks in Florida & as part of it spent 3 days in the Everglades.  We visited Everglades City which wasn’t quite what I would call a City but looked very peaceful when we visited surrounded by sea an only 1 road in and out of it. 

We stayed at the Port of Islands Hotel which was superb but quiet and the reception shut at 5pm until the following day

One of our trips whilst in the Everglades was a trip on Swamp Buggy Ride with ‘Captain Steve’  into the Big Cypress National Reserve in the Everglades.  It was a great 4-5 hours in temperature 0f 98oF and the humidity was high.  We had the undivided attention of Capt Steve who told us about the history of the Everglades & about it’s fauna and flora spiced with anecdotes etc.  I doubt that I will ever get to do such a great trip again it was truly a wonderful excursion.  We were even lucky enough on 2 occasions to see hunters (I’ve never seen a real life hunter before) coming & going as it was the deer and turkey hunting time of year.   We were so very lucky to see a white deer no more that 10 yards away from us.  As you can imagine they try to keep out of the way of humans especially during the hunting season.   I felt quite strange as hunting deer etc is not something very common in the UK but is very common there.

 

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                                                                                       above a huge air plant

 

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         Captain Steve and his buggy
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                                  Prairie

 

Well hope you like my ramblings about the Everglades more instalments later!!!  :)

thank you for taking the time to read my blog

best wishes

Lesley x

5 comments:

anndees said...

The photos are amazing, i'm glad you had a good time. See you soon x

Cindy Jenkins said...

Hi Lesley.....Sounds like you had a great time in Florida! Did you see any gators? Welcome home!!! Hugs, Cindy

Sue said...

Wow Lesly fantastic pictures it looks an amazing place and so glad youve had a fab time Luv Sue x

Jackie said...

Wonderful photographs Lesley. I did spend one day in the Everglades way back in 1989 and it's a totally different world in there :o)
Jackie xx

Chicken lover said...

Lesley, don't let the Scots hear you say we don't hunt deer much in the UK lol - the Scottish glens are full of them!
Glad you had a good hold
Jane