journaling: At Shark Valley there is a walking trail where we came upon a park ranger and a crowd of tourists. As we got closer we saw the reason, a mother alligator and her babies. When one of the babies tried to get into the water the mother snapped and right back he went. Approaching a baby alligator may provoke an attack by its mother. When the ranger was asked how close we could get, she stated we were closer than she usually likes to be.
A two hour fifteen mile ride provides an overview of the freshwater Everglades. The wildlife viewing tour through saw grass prairie includes a stop at a 65 foot observation tower for spectacular views into the marsh. Birds and alligator viewing rank among the parks best here. We had to walk past the alligators to gain entrance to the tower, some of the tourists remained on the tram. What was I thinking posing for this picture!
Date: Monday, March 6, 2006 GMT Views: 825