I stayed at the Midway Campground in Big Cypress National Preserve Feb. 6 – 12. I choose this campground because it is very close to Shark Valley, one of my favorite places in the Everglades. This is a nice National Park campground, but for those who have been there before be aware that they have changed. They now take reservations so while I was there people who were expecting a first-come, first-serve campground were turned away as they were full with reservations. Also the price went up quite a bit from last year.
While there, I rode the 15 mile loop at Shark Valley 5 times. It was a great way to start the day. I saw quite a few alligators, with several of them on the path and a couple actually blocking the way (well I thought they were!).
I had stopped about 20 – 30 feet from the alligator above debating if I was going to go around him when the quy in the picture just zoomed right past him. I had decided to go for it, when the gator decided to move.
While at Shark Valley, I watched some baby Anhingas grow. At least I think they grew in the week I was there.
I just about missed the American Bittern as I rode by, he is hidden very well since his coloring is a good camouflage.
I also drove down the Loop Road in the Big Cypress Preserve several times. It was a great place to sightsee and spend a couple of hours. I enjoy looking at the swampy areas --
From the road, I spotted the flowers below and later found out that they are Alligator Lilies--
Green Heron --
From the road, I spotted the reflection below but the foliage was so thick I couldn’t see the bird.
From here, I head to Miami for a few days before heading into the Everglades – Flamingo area.