Showing posts from March, 2008

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Location: Key Largo, Florida
Date: March 6, 2008

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is located in the Florida Keys and was the first underwater park in the United States, having been established in 1963. When I visited I went on a glass-bottomed boat ride over the reef. The ride out started by navigating through the network of mangroves along the shore. It was very interesting, but my pictures did not turn out very well, and I would have preferred to go snorkeling or diving in the reef.

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Everglades National Park

Location: south Florida
Date: March 5, 2008

On my visit to Everglades National Park I drove from the Coe Visitor Center to Flamingo and stopped at all six short interpretive trails along this road.

Royal Palm/Anhinga Trail
Just inside the park and past the visitor center this short trail is partly a boardwalk. This is probably the best place in the park for viewing wildlife. From this trail you can see plenty of alligators, shorebirds, waterfowl, turtles, and fish.

This is a 0.4-mile loop trail that travels through pines and palmettos. I thought that the most interesting feature of this trail was all the tree snails, which were surprisingly colorful.

Pa-hay-okee Overlook
Only 0.16 mi round trip, this loop boardwalk goes to a raised observation platform overlooking the river of grass. This was probably the best view in the park.

Mahogany Hammock
This 0.5-mile boardwalk goes through the dense hardwood hammock and passes the largest mahogany tree in the United States.

West Lake

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Location: Sarasota, Florida
Date: March 3, 2008

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are located along Sarasota Bay. The gardens have a huge collection of bromeliads, including orchids. I visited in March 2008 and really enjoyed the place, so here are some pictures.

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Myakka River State Park

Location: east of Sarasota, Florida
Date: March 2, 2008

Myakka River surrounds the Myakka River, Lake Myakka, Lower Myakka Lake, and the surrounding wetlands and forests. During my visit I first went on an airboat tour of Upper Myakka Lake. The park claims that the boats are some of the world's largest airboats. On the tour around the lake I saw a variety of birds and several alligators.

After the airboat tour I went to the canopy walkway. The walkway is 25 feet above the ground and 100 feet long. At one end of the walkway is a tower that rises to 74 feet above the canopy of the surrounding forest. I thought this walkway was really interesting as you could see all the bromeliads and other life living above the ground in the trees. The Boylston Nature Trail is a short loop trail that connects to the canopy walkway.

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