Father’s Day in the Glades

My father’s day was special.  I traveled with my son to be with my dad in Florida.   He has always loved Florida and even though he lived in different states, and even in a different country, Florida has always been considered home for him.  The beaches are just gorgeous in south Florida.  They really have made them nice.  Each beach has it’s own personality. Fort Lauderdale beach, Delray, Hollywood, Boca, and Deerfield are favorites!

Since my son was with us, he really wanted to see alligators.  As if we don’t see those in Texas!  Dad loves the everglades too!  We went to Sawgrass Recreational Park for an airboat ride in hopes to see alligators.    They hand out ear plugs, the motors start up and it is so loud!  There has been a lot of rain in the area and the captain said there haven’t been too many sightings, even at night.  Alligators are nocturnal.  We ended up seeing a big one!   He came up on the side of the boat and I snapped a pic.  I was a little concerned about how close he was and I figured our boat was probably disturbing him.  In Texas, my favorite place to go to view alligators in their habitat is Brazos Bend State Park.  You can camp there, bike around a big lake (moat with alligators in it) and even go to the observatory in the park for star gazing at night.  The everglades is pretty cool.  It’s about 100 miles by 60 miles. The water is fresh and it comes from lake Okeechobee.  The everglades is actually a river. Recently they have stopped building around it for 100 years.  From what I got out of the talk, the depth can be 17 inches or more.  There is a razor sharp sawgrass that grows there and decaying vegetation then shell underneath. There is bass in the water.  The water is not clear it looks brackish.    The captain said there are snakes, however the airboats keep them away.

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Say hello to my little friend….

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Tomorrow we will be hitting the beach, weather permitting.

The dad’s that like to do things with you are the coolest.  My dad is exceptional.  He likes to have fun and has always been responsible, reliable and is an amazing care taker.  I know he had fun taking my son and I to the park and I’m so glad he got out to enjoy the day.  It was so beautiful.  The weather was in the 80s, a bit less humid than Houston, albeit it was humid.

 

Father’s Day in the Glades