Air Boat And Gaters.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
423Trip End Dec 31, 2018
We are also in the land where the dilema of tipping confronts the traveller at every moment. It isn't enough to pay for a full day tour incuding lunch, you then find that you are expected to tip the staff for each of two boat rides, the lunch waitress and the at the end of the day the guide/driver. What is a mystery is how the Americans are confidently prepared for it. There seems to be no rustling and rummaging of purse or wallet at the time, they just seem to have the money ready to press into the palm of the expectant recipient. It is not a skill I really want to learn though! Whilst we do what is expected, (when in Rome...etc) it is a uniquely American thing for there to be an expectation of tips at every turn
Everglades National Park is UNESCO World Heritage listed. It is a huge area of wetland spanning 1.5 million acres and is known for its unique "rivers of grass" that are home to wading birds, alligators, turtles, fish, snakes, bears and the endangerd manatee (same family as the dugong). We got to see a good slice of the Everglades on a full day tour that included boats, walking and lots of driving. The most fun was zipping across the wetlands and rivers of grass in the unique airboat that is the travel of choice in the Everglades.
Avan felt quite at home when two Dolphins turned up on our 10000 islands tour and began surfing the boats wake. We were told they were Lennards Bottle Nosed Dolphin, however a search of the internet has not produced this Species, perhaps this is the local name for the Common Bottle Nose Dolphin.
Footnote: Everglades National Park is UNESCO World Heritage Listed.
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