Monday, March 21, 2011

Everglades

On the way to Shark Valley in Everglades
.
Better be careful!
.
The first alligator that saw
was already before the parking lot...
.
Made a 2-hour-tour by tram
- there's a 15mile paved road
- it can be walked, cycled or by this tram
By the way the tram tour was a bit too long...
not so much to see,
1/2 hour would've been enough
.
Alligator having its nap
.
This is the dry season
so there's not much water
nor mosquitos
.
These trees are very old
and not going to grow any taller
as there's not much nutrition on the grounds
.
Observation tower on the half way of the tour
.
Alligator at its best:
doing absolutely nothing
'Gator holes (not this one)
are made by alligators hollowing
out ponds and depressions
during the dry season
to reach water below
.
Alligator pond
.
Everglades is not really a swamp
but a vast sheet river system
that moves sloely across a flat bed
of peat-covered limestone
The way back was rather straight
.
On the way back saw some birds
unfortunately cannot remember
the name of this one...
...not that one...
See you later!
.
Naked trees in Everglades
- probably burnt,
looks really weird
.
Starving!
Didn't stop in Miccosukee Indian Village
for an alligator steak
instead stopped for late lunch/early dinner
somewhere in Little Havana
at this Cuban restaurant
.
Appetizer plate for 4 persons
- cheese, plantain, chicken,
beef & pork
- good!
.
Grilled breast of chicken with "mariquitos"
- nice simple food,
friendly service
.

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