Day Tripping In The Florida Everglades

When nature calls, pick up! I always get a window seat when flying LAX > MIA so I can watch down on the swamps as the airplane descends onto wet hot Florida. After spending three days in the wild jungle of South Beach for a bachelorette party, I was in the mood for an adventure that didn’t involve tequila sodas and house music.  Charis and Carlos Ramos had the brilliant idea to take me to the lush land of herons, grackles, turtles, raccoons and alligators… Welcome to the Everglades National Park!

We got to Coopertown Airboat a little before 5pm, just in time for their last tour of the day. We instantly fell in love with our guide, who seems like he’s been running the show in this “river of grass” for about a hundred years – actually, probably since 1945. I would highly recommend Coopertown over any other tour around there, just for the experience of hanging out and hearing this man’s stories over 9 miles of wetlands. Oh, and for the frog legs, too!

The most colorful bird in Florida, the American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) is also called a “swamp hen.”

Did you know that Florida has both crocodiles and alligators – but crocodiles live in salt water and alligators live in fresh water?

Photography courtesy of Carlos Ramos

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