Into the REAL Everglades

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

"And progress came and took its toll
And in the name of flood control
They made their plans and they drained the land
Now the glades are going dry
And the last time I walked in the swamp
I sat up on a cypress stump
I listened close and I heard the ghost
Of Osceola cry.

So blow, blow, Seminole wind
Blow like you're never gonna blow again
I'm calling to you like a long lost friend
But I know who you are
And blow, blow from the Okeechobee
All the way up to Micanopy
Blow across the home of the Seminole
The alligators and the gar."
                -John Anderson, from "Seminole Wind"

The last full day of our program had arrived. It always happens too soon! Our boat trip with Captain Ed was pleasant but less than memorable. We saw many manatees and heard more than we needed to about them. (These Florida semi-natives are not unfamiliar with these gentle gray giants!)  We got a look at Tripod, the 3-legged gator, an osprey nest and some wading birds. When John and I were in the Everglades years ago, we had a boat tour through the Ten Thousand Islands which was far more diverse and exciting.


We had lunch in Everglades City again, this time at Seafood Depot.  The afternoon excursion was a tram tour at Shark River through Everglades National Park.  It was definitely our most authentic Everglades experience by far.  We were lucky to sit with a couple of park rangers who were happy to let us pick their brains.

While en route back to the hotel, I shared the lyrics of a favorite song of mine, "Seminole Wind' by John Anderson and then played it for everyone on my Iphone. It seemed to be very relevant to our week's enlightenment on the plight of the Everglades

John Anderson "Seminole Wind"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGoBQIhyFFM&sns=em


The evening program was billed as a "surprise guest."  We were introduced to Ed Guthrie, a 110-year-old Everglades pioneer, a fictional character. It turned out to be Lisa, the guide we enjoyed so much at Big Cypress Preserve, in costume and she entertained us for about an hour---absolutely had us in stitches! What a terrific day and evening!
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