As promised, I’m making a separate entry for our trip to the Everglades. On Thursday we went to Shark Valley, part of the Everglades National Park.
It was pretty crazy, and cool to be able to say I’ve been to the Everglades. I really wasn’t sure what it would be like.
Some of it was just wide open space. Almost looked like we were on an African safari.
Some parts had boardwalk-type paths.
Some parts were shady with much foliage.
While there, as you can imagine, we saw all sorts of animals.
A crazy bird:
Many turkey vultures.
We found a turtle that looked like a WWI army helmet.
The little lizards were cute (not that I’d get too close).
But, I was pretty scared about the aligators. I had no choice, but to walk past many of them. We probably saw at least a dozen different ones, with nothing between them and me. I looked up that aligators (unlike crocodiles) won’t attack humans unless provoked. I also learned that there defense mechanism is to open their mouth and hiss at you (that’s before they lunge at you to destroy you). I took that as a sign to break out into a cold sweat, look straight ahead and increase my walking speed without making any sudden movements.
My dad on the other hand, took that as a sign to take some up-close pictures of the gators before briskly
Adam was a little afraid of the alligators too, but he was happy because they helped him win Scavenger Bingo in his Junior Ranger activity book.
Not everything at the Everglades were scary animals. They also had informational signs pointing out things like poisonous leaves that cause severe rashes and a warning about solution holes.
If they’re going to warn you about solution holes, they really should give a heads up about what they’re talking about, but that’s just my opinion.
It was nice to get to go on a day-trip together. My family, especially my dad, doesn’t really get to take vacations, so it was pretty special.
Of course, in typical family-craziness, my sister agreed to a dare to strip down to her bathing suit, in the Everglades. My dad then proceeded to have a photo shoot for what I imagine will ultimately be MySpace (or perhaps FaceBook) photos for Emily.
Nobody got eaten by an alligator, so overall a good trip!