Big Cypress National Preserve is located northwest of Everglades Nat. Park. Big Cypress is a swamp that feeds Everglades. (Cypress trees are a sign that you are in a swamp, Everglades has no Cypress trees anywhere). We stopped at the Visitor Center for some information on the area. There was a swamp / ditch right in front of the building, next to the highway- It was loaded with Gators. The most we have seen so far. We also observed many large fish, and wading birds. Very similar to Everglades but 20X the gators. I guess because we are in a true swamp now. Interesting to note, there are approx. 1 Million Gators in the State of Florida.

Big Cypress is mostly an off road vehicle / Air boat accessible area, as the Jetta does not do too well off road, we stayed to the few walking paths.

Unfortunately it rained most of the day, but we won’t miss any of the sights. Time to get the rain jackets out and head into the swamp. The Floridian’s were belly aching about the weather all day.

 

This bird is either stupid or brave

This bird is either stupid or brave

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There were about 25 gators in this small pond.

There were about 25 gators in this small pond.

 

another brave bird.

another brave bird.

Boardwalk trail into the deep swamp

Boardwalk trail into the deep swamp

Its raining. Our first day of rain lasting more than 5 minutes since we left.

Its raining. Our first day of rain lasting more than 5 minutes since we left.

Tree growing around the boardwalk railing.

Tree growing around the boardwalk railing.

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