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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
AlligaTOR on TORsdag - My Miami experiences
Monday, November 12 - 2007
My return flight to Europe was scheduled to take off at 4.10 pm. Which meant we should be at the Airport around 2 pm. (Do not forget to CLICK on the photos below.)
- Papa that gives us plenty of time to do something, said Ingelin - Let's see the Alligator's, she continued - Yeah, let's do that, Is it far from here? - Nothing is far from here, you should have learned that by know, only about a small one hours drive.
I rushed to finnish my Key West Lime Cake for Breakfast and a nice cup of Tea.
This Day we went with her Mercedes SUV. Girls these Days have their preferences...
And I took farwell to her Saumon red Art Deco appartement block. Next time I'll see my daughter again will be in Buenos Aires (Travelling Family - we can't help it) Gasoline Prices. High? Well, we pay USD 8,15 - 8,40 per Gallon.
U.S. 41 goes straight away miles after miles - a great contrast to the curvy roads of Norway. The road is also known as "The Tamiami Trail" and "Calle Ocho".
Here we are at Coopertown Air Boat Tour. I asked for a free entry since I'm born the year they started this service*giggles* - But they listened to something else.....
Coopertown's is rated "Florida's Best" by The Miami Herald for the past 50 years.
Airboats waiting for Tourists - or Alligators
The engine makes noise like an Airplane - Here I'm with cotton in my Ears. And my hair is blowing in the Wind - Gosh, it's thin these days. Needs some organic fertilizer. Any suggestions?- heee - What did you say? Cant't hear you - LOL
Did you, by the way, knew that Everglades means: River of Grass? Here, in this area, called The Prairie, you can step out in the Water, no alligators or Snakes here. Nobody on our tour did that. Cowards. I was placed in the middle of the Row, and of course was polite enough not to ask people to raise up. LOL. Click on the photo to have a better look at this wonderful Bird in the middle of this fragile eco-system.
And here is a regular guest. It does visit every air boat for a couple of seconds. Then leaves again. Check Point Birdie. We were all accepted. The Guide told us, sometimes it leaves a "business card" on the boat. *giggles*. Sorry for the unsharpness of the picture, but the bird was about to fly away. I'm happy I captured the Bird before it left. A visitor like this Bird gives harmony and Peace to a busy soul.
But we went out to see 'gators. The first we obserbed was only 120 feet from our point of departure. My Camera pointed somewhere else. When I got the sight of the 'gator, it dived.
But I "Shot" this one. Mama 'gator, guarding her kids. Not a movement.
Just a harsh gaze: Put your finger in the Water, and I can feed my kids....
I still have my ten fingers . LOL.
CLICK to have closer look.
Then we went into the Hardwood Hammock (a small Island) - but the 'gators dissappeard in front of us. Only circles in the Water. CLICK to see where the 'gator dipped under the surface. Did you know the longest Alligator here was measured to 18 feet 20 inches?
As a result we did see two alligators very close in their natural habitat. The tour itself is well worth the money. The Everglades, on the UN list of World Heritage, is a wonder. I'm very glad Ingelin brought me out there in the South West Florida. For me this was Worth tenfold of a visit to an Amusement Park.
In a post to be published later, you will see me with a Frog Leg. In my Mouth. Here is his Brother. CLICK on the picture to see the Frog swimming I was supposed to capture a Bird, but that smart grey, thin bird flew away only a second before I pushed my Camera button. What a waiste I thought, until I enlarged the photo and discovered a Florida Frog - swimming in the channel. I must admit, predator as I am, Florida Froglegs - fried - oh oh Delicious
Alligators: A closer look from the Alligator Exhibit
If you have a fast internet connection, you can join some 40 seconds video from the tour.
More to come... (The new Miami Downtown, Holocost Memorial, South Beach Art Deco buildings incl history, places to eat, Friday evening party(wow that was fun), Jeep demonstration, The Keys, Facts about..)