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January 27th 2011
Published: January 27th 2011
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We traveled to the Florida Everglades which is approx. 1 1/2 hours south of where we are currently located and took an airboat through the jungles of the Everglades. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.....our Captain Picou had no problem putting the 'pedal to the metal' every chance he had, wasn't sure that he was going to make all the tight corners.....but he did!
Hope you enjoy the following pics.

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the airboatsthe airboats
the airboats

These are the airboats. They are VERY loud! Each one can seat (I would guess) 9 adults comfortably (plus the 'captain'). Jim & I had our own personal ride.
a passengera passenger
a passenger

...this guy was no more than 3 ft away from me. Obviously the Pelicans have become very comfortable with people.
along for the ridealong for the ride
along for the ride

these guys 'hitch' a ride for about half the way...(easier than flying out???)
on the way to Totch's Islandon the way to Totch's Island
on the way to Totch's Island

just some scenery along the way.
Outward Bound campOutward Bound camp
Outward Bound camp

Cpt. Picou says "they used to send boys to reform school, now they send them out to the Florida Everglades where they camp with the girls and go boating everyday." (He "just can't understand it").
view of the Gulf from Totch's Islandview of the Gulf from Totch's Island
view of the Gulf from Totch's Island

Named after Everglades author Totch Brown (who lived on this tiny island until his death in 1996. http://www.florida-everglades.com/totch/totch.htm
Red Mangrove rootsRed Mangrove roots
Red Mangrove roots

The Red Mangrove trees have roots that 'hover' above the water. The Indians used the roots to make a red dye.
one of the birdsone of the birds
one of the birds

..we saw several nocturnal birds...Captain Picou doesn't know why...insomnia??
waterways though the junglewaterways though the jungle
waterways though the jungle

a number of years ago we went through the bayous of Louisiana...this was similar.
like a tunnellike a tunnel
like a tunnel

on the way back we went through the outback jungle. Verrry cool!
Captain PicouCaptain Picou
Captain Picou

This is our 'captain' playing with the alligator. The alligator did 'snap' at him a few times...but it was too quick for me to get a picture of it. (I tried)
his closeuphis closeup
his closeup

...just before snapping at Captain Picou
swimming awayswimming away
swimming away

he was really quite large
Racoon in the MangrovesRacoon in the Mangroves
Racoon in the Mangroves

yep....Racoons are plentiful here too!
they feel weirdthey feel weird
they feel weird

Yes he's real, yes he's alive and yes I am holding him. They feel really weird (Jim wanted to know if he felt like a 'purse').
alligators along the roadsidealligators along the roadside
alligators along the roadside

Just wanted to show you how close they are to the roadside. See those 'inlets'?? We saw TONS of alligators as we were driving along..can't see them in the pic, but they are in there!!

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