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Sights and Scenes: The Everglades
« on: April 20, 2021, 08:06:33 AM »
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In honor of National Park Week, here are a few sights and scenes from the River of Grass.


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Re: Sights and Scenes: The Everglades
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2021, 09:43:34 AM »
Beautiful.  I've lived in Florida for more than ... well, let's say a long time, never been to the Everglades. Maybe I need to rectify that.

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Re: Sights and Scenes: The Everglades
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2021, 06:58:33 PM »
With all those gators, hard to believe that the pythons are thriving there.  I once rode by Lake Okeechobee and it was sad to see how man has messed with the natural landscape on the edge of the Glades.  They have killed that lake with dikes and pollutants.  I hope the efforts to restore some of nature pay off in time.

They should put the now imminently qualified "demolition" Curry in charge of that Tamiami road removal :)!  Let's ship him down there for a few years.


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Re: Sights and Scenes: The Everglades
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2021, 10:11:45 AM »
Hey Lake, can you provide the address for the walkway in the cover image please? I'll be in Miami soon and would like to check out the trails.

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Re: Sights and Scenes: The Everglades
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2021, 10:16:08 AM »
That's the Shark Valley Visitors Center. 36000 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33194. Gators everywhere....

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Re: Sights and Scenes: The Everglades
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2021, 10:51:35 AM »
Great pics Ennis!

FYI, Shark Valley, Coe, and Flamingo Visitors Centers are pretty remote and a little off the beaten path. If you are ever in South Florida or driving to the Keys and have a limited amount of time, there are quicker ways to get a glimpse of the Glades. Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge is the northernmost remnant of the Glades ecosystem that is fully intact. It is 150k acres and is not too far west of 95 near Boynton/Delray Beach. There are also some places west of Ft. Lauderdale to do Everglades airboat rides. Grassy Waters Preserve is another cool spot, it's an intact remnant of the old Everglades system and is 23 square miles. It's only 5-10 minutes west of 95 near Palm Beach Gardens/West Palm Beach.

Every Floridian should visit the Everglades National Park though at some point.
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Re: Sights and Scenes: The Everglades
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2021, 01:27:34 PM »
Great pics Ennis!

FYI, Shark Valley, Coe, and Flamingo Visitors Centers are pretty remote and a little off the beaten path. If you are ever in South Florida or driving to the Keys and have a limited amount of time, there are quicker ways to get a glimpse of the Glades. Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge is the northernmost remnant of the Glades ecosystem that is fully intact. It is 150k acres and is not too far west of 95 near Boynton/Delray Beach. There are also some places west of Ft. Lauderdale to do Everglades airboat rides. Grassy Waters Preserve is another cool spot, it's an intact remnant of the old Everglades system and is 23 square miles. It's only 5-10 minutes west of 95 near Palm Beach Gardens/West Palm Beach.

Every Floridian should visit the Everglades National Park though at some point.

We were scoping out a vacation once in Naples on the Gulf Coast (haven't done it yet though).  Only able to take so much time on a beach so we looked into side trips.  One of our "discoveries' was Big Cypress National Preserve which is essentially the northern Everglades.  Based on our research and reviews, this is another "must visit" spot and it remains on our bucket list.






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Re: Sights and Scenes: The Everglades
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2021, 04:38:44 PM »
Jaxlongtimer, Big Cypress is very cool. There is also the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Picayune Strand, Ten Thousand Islands, and Faxahatchee Strand all in that part of SW Florida.

Some of my favorite landscapes in southern Florida (south of Orlando) are the grassy plains in the middle of the state (north and south of Lake O). If you were blindfolded and dropped there, you would think you are in the African Savannah.

People in Jax that haven't spent a ton of time in South Florida would be absolutely astounded at just how many preserves, wildlife refuges, and state parks are around, and at just how much agricultural land there is. There are more cattle than people in the middle part of the state between Kissimmee and Lake O. So much of the ag land, wetlands, and preserves serve as a natural urban growth boundary and force a much better development pattern than Jax (though it is far from perfect).
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Re: Sights and Scenes: The Everglades
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2021, 05:14:53 PM »
I call these areas of the state that aren't along densely populated beaches, the real Florida.
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Re: Sights and Scenes: The Everglades
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2021, 05:50:15 PM »

Big Cypress is very cool. There is also the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Picayune Strand, Ten Thousand Islands, and Faxahatchee Strand all in that part of SW Florida.

Some of my favorite landscapes in southern Florida (south of Orlando) are the grassy plains in the middle of the state (north and south of Lake O). If you were blindfolded and dropped there, you would think you are in the African Savannah.

People in Jax that haven't spent a ton of time in South Florida would be absolutely astounded at just how many preserves, wildlife refuges, and state parks are around, and at just how much agricultural land there is. There are more cattle than people in the middle part of the state between Kissimmee and Lake O. So much of the ag land, wetlands, and preserves serve as a natural urban growth boundary and force a much better development pattern than Jax (though it is far from perfect).

The sugar cane fields are on a grand scale.  Until you visit, you don't realize just how big "big sugar" is in this State and how they trampled a good part of the Everglades over the decades.