Fort Lauderdale, FL & Trip to the Everglades

Trip Start Jan 02, 2012
Trip End Apr 12, 2012

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Today we woke to the first light of dawn breaking over the ocean as we sailed into the Everglades Port, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Once a mosquito infested mangrove, Fort Lauderdale is a tourist mecca today, sometimes call the 'Venice of America' because it boasts 300 miles of inland waterways.

Our cruise log indicates we have traveled 4409 miles - that's nautical miles. One nautical mile = 1.15 statute miles = 1.85 kilometer. After the last couple of days at sea we will be glad to get our feet on land again.

First attempts to connect to the internet (back in the USA) weren't too successful as the computer had a backlog of updates to install and the ship was facing the wrong direction to do it from our cabin!  We gave up in disgust and headed for the gangway to go through customs and connect with our tour for the day – to the Sawgrass  Recreational  Center for an Air-boat Ride in the Everglades.

The sky was overcast and, as time passed, the clouds became heavier to the point that some of the passengers got slightly damp in a shower when leaving the bus at the airport.  The cooler, overcast weather meant that our chances of getting up close to an alligator were decreased but we were in luck.  Our guide had spotted one earlier in the day and it 'hung around’ waiting for the air boat to return!  In addition, this is certainly a bird watcher’s paradise and we got up close to several species!

Back at the ship we headed for the dining room for lunch and then chuckled our way back to the room as we watched the newcomers wandering around the ship, map in hand!  Was it only two weeks ago that we were one of them?

Once again we participate in the mandatory emergency drill and this time they do a roll call and won't sail until the errant passengers appear. 
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