postcard from america

The Everglades in Florida is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species including ubiquitous Florida alligators. On a cloudy day we took a trip on one of the Airboats through the waterways to find those alligators in the water. Seeing one swimming lazily towards the boat, eyes just above the water getting close and personal is quite an experience. It is quite exhilarating as the Airboat picks up speed and heads for the river of grass heading into miles of wetlands – thoughts of Miami Vice or CSI Miami entered my head, hoping we didn’t discover a dead body in the reeds.  Our tour ended with a bizarre Gator wrestling match and seeing baby gators (with their mouths tied up). It wasn’t something I would repeat although the boat trip was fun.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

27 thoughts on “postcard from america”

  1. I can see the appeal of the boat trip, but I would skip the alligator ‘wrestling’.
    That said, I have eaten alligator (or crocodile), but that was in London. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. A fascinating place to visit as long as reptiles keep their distance. My BIL did a trip there in a canoe which I thought somewhat hair-raising. Now I’m wondering if that isn’t water hyacinth in foreground – dreaded escapee from South America.

        1. Yes we have air-con in the lounge, but only use it when the humidity gets unbearable the house faces the ocean and we can open all the doors and get the refreshing easterlies blowing in from the ocean and through the house

        2. Some people can cope with humidity, I have never been one. Must be the temperate climate that we both grew up with. New Zealand would have suited me.

        3. NZ did suit me, but it could get humid in January to February. I suffer through 4 months over here but the rest make up for it

  3. I suspect that seeing an alligator coming towards you is as creepy as seeing a crocodile. They are so prehistoric looking and their eyes are bottomless pits. Freaks me out a little. 🙂

  4. I agree with you Jude that the Everglades are a very unique environment. I was thrilled by the airboat ride, but a little unnerved by the feeling of being lost and having no idea how I could find my way back if I had to …. through alligator infested waters!!!

    Great photo! So much nicer than any I was able to take.

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