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Florida 2005

AJ and I spent most of his mid-February winter break on an 800 mile trek across south Florida, visiting all three national parks - Big Cypress, Biscayne and Everglades, as well as first cousins of both my mom and dad in the center of the state. Wonderful, dry, warm weather.

The first 2 rows of photos were taken in Everglades City, which is in southwest Florida, just outside the western border of Everglades NP.
Rows 3-4 are photos from Big Cypress National Park, just north of Everglades NP.
Rows 5-7 are photos from Biscayne National Park, south of Miami, east of Everglades NP.
Rows 8-11 are photos from Everglades National Park, plus visits with cousins in Lakeland & St. Pete.
Everglades City dock
Everglades City dock
unpaid passenger
unpaid passenger
baby gator
baby gator
mangrove swamps
mangrove swamps
Cap'n Eddie
Cap'n Eddie
swamps
swamps
AJ in the swamps
AJ in the swamps
black mangroves
black mangroves
manatee infested?
manatee infested?
wild pigs?
wild pigs?
airboats aplenty
airboats aplenty
struggle for life
struggle for life
Big Cypress Nat'l Park
Big Cypress Nat'l Park
cormorrants
cormorrants
taking flight
taking flight
while gators glide away
while gators glide away
the view
the view
looks boring...
looks boring...
unless you look right...
unless you look right...
Gail gator took this one
Gail gator took this one
AJ @ the Visitor Ctr
AJ @ the Visitor Ctr
Big Cypress Visitor Ctr
Big Cypress Visitor Ctr
up CLOSE!
up CLOSE!
blue heron
blue heron
Biscayne NP entrance
Biscayne NP entrance
canoes & kayaks
canoes & kayaks
coral along the boardwalk
coral along the boardwalk
boardwalk & flora
boardwalk & flora
Biscayne Bay
Biscayne Bay
looking at the inner bay
looking at the inner bay
Fascell Visitor Center
Fascell Visitor Center
ranger talk
ranger talk
Biscayne birdlife
Biscayne birdlife
Biscayne bay
Biscayne bay
the way forward
the way forward
dive Master
dive Master
Mike & Lisa
Mike & Lisa
father & son
father & son
a good exhaustion
a good exhaustion
ecstatic snorkeler
ecstatic snorkeler
coral!!!
coral!!!
enjoying the day
enjoying the day
Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park
Everglades Visitor Center
Everglades Visitor Center
Man & the biosphere
Man & the biosphere
VC gator
VC gator
in the Glades
in the Glades
Pahayokee overlook
Pahayokee overlook
boardwalk in the glades
boardwalk in the glades
drought conditions
drought conditions
well hidden observation pt.
well hidden observation pt.
park road leading to...
park road leading to...
Flamingo Visitor Center
Flamingo Visitor Center
AJ @ Flamingo
AJ @ Flamingo
canoeing
canoeing
Florida Bay
Florida Bay
Flamingo VC
Flamingo VC
leisurely lunch
leisurely lunch
Shark Valley Visitor Ctr.
Shark Valley Visitor Ctr.
Bobcat boardwalk
Bobcat boardwalk
boardwalk @ Shark Valley
boardwalk @ Shark Valley
amazingly quiet place
amazingly quiet place
young stud
young stud
AJ w/ Carolyn & Warren
AJ w/ Carolyn & Warren
me w/ Carolyn & Warren
me w/ Carolyn & Warren
me w/ godparents & cousin
me w/ godparents & cousin