Hiya guys and a big Happy Tuesday to ya!
I'm coming at you from The Everglades National Park in southern Florida today and I'll be send Elisa vlogs and photos of how our day goes.
For now I just want to apologize for flaking last night and not being able to blog as I had wanted to. But it is up and all posted now!
October 26, 2020 - Tanya's Florida Travel Adventure Day 11
Here is a little sample:
For now we are about to head off on an airboat ride and this time with the purpose to spot Alligators!
I'll fill you in on more soon...
Tanya boating in the Everglades
Wow - what a Monday yesterday was. While I was blogging about my day full of visiting 10 lighthouses on Staten Island on Sunday, Tanya was making her way around alligator infested waters in kayaks!!
She also had a blast "shelling" on the beaches of Sanibel Island.
Here we are and it's Tuesday and I'll be piggybacking Tanya's in-person adventure today at Everglades National Park with some fun facts and interesting history!
However, before I do, let me first tell you how much I wish I was with my dear cuz right now!! I am truly going a bit stir crazy here on Long Island and eager to get on a plane or the car, for that matter, for a nice long road trip.
And speaking of road trips, I believe me and the girls just put one on the calendar for this summer!!!
As you know, my lovely Gianna is now a high school junior and currently looking at colleges. She is interested in a few schools out of state and my girl is very clever because she enticed me to go and look at them by saying it could be a "road trip." Well, clearly, that was it! I was signed on.
Although we don't as yet have the dates, we are looking at sometime in July. Our route also needs to be fine tuned as well, but the plan is to hit both Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to see Carnegie Mellon University and head would be to go so through Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh and then head northwest towards Ann Arbor, Michigan to visit the University of Michigan.
If you have been following us for a while, you know that I have been talking about doing a road trip to Pittsburgh for a while. Well, this is just too convenient for me!!
So aside from visiting Carnegie Mellon University, I will finally be able to do my full-on tour of the City of Steel.
If you didn't know, Pittsburgh has had its praises sung by a number of travel organizations:
This is just an overview because I really need to get to work on the route, what we will be seeing along the way, where we'll be staying and of course, the route back home and its stops.
Now, back to the day at hand - we've assembled some Fun Facts for you about Everglades National Park below.
Back atcha tomorrow!
2. The park is the third largest park in the lower 48 states, covering 2400 square miles. It is also the largest tropical wilderness in the United States, and the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River.
3. An average of one million people visit the park each year.
4. Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.
5. The best bicycling areas at the park are at Shark Valley, the Snake Bight Trail near Flamingo, and along the Long Pine Key Nature Trail.
6. Bird enthusiasts can spot many species throughout the park including great blue heron and roseate spoonbills.
7. With most of the park accessible by water, boating is perhaps the most popular way to experience the Everglades. If you are not fortunate to own your own boat, tours leave from Flamingo and the Gulf Coast with boat captains that narrate boat tours along the mangrove coast.
8. Kayaking and canoeing is enjoyed by many park visitors along the Wilderness Waterway. At 99 miles long, it takes approximately 7-10 days by canoe or kayak, however, shorter trails exist which are well-marked.