Gators in the Glades
Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
77Trip End Feb 14, 2011
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In the park area there is a 15 mile loop road that leads out to an observation tower at its most distant point. Visitors are welcome to walk, bicycle, or take an open-sided tram tour. Given the threatening clouds, my desire to learn more about the area, and my time constraints, I opted for the tram.
There were more alligators than I could count, turtles, snakes, and birds of every sort
After the tram tour was finished I walked back along a couple miles of the road to watch some of the animals more closely and take some photos. It is pretty interesting how calm the alligators in the area are around people. There were at least a dozen laying right alongside the path during the couple miles that I walked, and they were just resting and being lazy like alligators do. Overall, it was a very worthwhile section of the park to visit. I didn't manage to see any bobcats, panthers, or black bears, but they are very rarely spotted, and there was plenty of other life to see
After leaving the "Forever Glades" (as it was first called by the British), I made my way back into Miami and drove over to South Beach. It was nice to see the ocean again, but the day was cloudy and the atmosphere around the beach wasn't the best. Not the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere I am used to seeing on beaches. As well as Ocean Drive being incredibly crowded, ludicrously expensive, and not quite the visual I expected. Oh well, at least I can say I've been there.
After stopping for a quick dinner, I hopped in my Explorer and typed in a search for Cape Canaveral. While stopping for gas along the way I typed in Flying J and found one in Ft. Pierce. I decided to make it my stopping point for the night because I need to do laundry, wanted to use the internet, and I can easily finish the last hour of the drive to the cape tomorrow morning. Oh, and in case I hadn't mentioned it yet, the temperatures down here are around 68-72 at night and up to the 80's during the day. Quite a change from a couple of weeks ago!