Florida Day One. The Everglades: Anhinga And Gumbo Llmbo Trail Hikes
After a one hour drive from the Fort Lauderdale Airport I arrived at the Florida City Best Western Hotel. I was glad to have a room available. I checked in and was soon on my way to visit the Everglades National park under warm but overcast skies.
There was no meal served on my airplane flight so I was hungry. I found this nice little local eatery, the Everglades Gator Grill, and decided to stop for a quick late lunch.
I paid my admission fee, a well spent $20, and drove out a few miles to the Anhinga Trail. Here is a link to some more photos from my drive to the park. Everglades Day One Drive to Anhinga.
And there were many of the anhinga or “snake birds” , for which the trail was named. They have a low metabolic rate and extend their wings to warm themselves.
He or she posed for many pictures. Here is a link to some more photos of the anhiga birds on the trail. Everglades Day One Anhinga.
I was amazed as I watched these tiny critters, I have learned they are brown anole lizards, scamper along the forest floor. They are not a native species. The males extend their “dewlap” when mating or marking their territory.
I also noticed a lot of them are missing their tails. Here is a link to some more photographs of these lizards. Everglades Day One Lizards.
I had planned a short visit to the park but I spent four hours exploring these trails and enjoying the subtropical weather and natural beauty. Here is a link to some more photographs from my visit to the park. Everglades Day One Anhinga Trail April 11 2018.
I stopped on my way at an old favorite, the Farmstead restaurant where I had a nice southern meal of fried catfish, okra and tomatoes and collard greens. I was full and very tired. I returned to my hotel after sunset, spent some time on social media and was soon falling asleep, as I thought about new adventures in the Everglades.
“There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them; their vast glittering openness, wider than the enormous visible round of the horizon, the racing free saltness and sweetness of the their massive winds, under the dazzling blue heights of space. They are unique also in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose. The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow-moving below, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida. It is a river of grass.” Marjory Stoneman Douglas