Early rise to go to early 8 am service. Hurry home, grab suitcases and on to the airport. And then wait of course, haha. But we arrive in good time in Miami, get the rented car, drive to our hotel and walk to a near-by Argentine restaurant to have a delicious dinner with red wine (Malbec of course) and back to the hotel again.
So close to the ocean I am determent to have seafood every day. Salmon stuffed with spinach, an almond sauce and rice with herbs was a good beginning.
James had a selection of Argentine steak and sausages. Neither one of us finished the potatoes.
Monday February 6th
Wow, we slept til 8:35 and almost missed the (continental) breakfast.
But soon we were on our way to the Everglades National Park, about a one hour drive. We had brought our GPS from home which is a lifesaver on this trip.
First stop the Visitor Center at the entrance. There is a life-size Florida Panther in Bronze.
I did not know that there were panthers in Florida but later in the day we meet a ranger which tells us that there had been only 30 left when he started but that there are about 110 now.
We are already impressed because we see lots of different birds. We had remembered to bring our binoculars which makes it more fun.
Everywhere were very nice explanations.
This explains that egrets, herons, and other wading birds population had drastically declined because of the fashion styles of the early 1900s when there was a demand for bird feathers to decorate ladies' hats. An ounce of egret feathers was worth more then an ounce of gold. “Plume hunters” were brutal.
Today's bird population is affected by modern land and water use practices outside the park.
First place where I wished I had borrowed Sarah's camera.
Next stop: we park under the tree with the spanish moss at the Flamingo Visitor Center.
Its not possible to take a decent picture ... just evidence that we saw them.
Again a nice and informative little exhibition ... and of course a gift shop. Got to support the National Park System. We bought something for William.
We had to sneak closer and closer to get a better picture for William.
I just love the Roseate spoonbill.
These birds are just too funny. All of a sudden they all came out of the mangroves in one line one after the other like a never-ending stream. We wondered what was going on.
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We had learned that just a couple of feet difference in the elevation make a big difference in the plant and wild life.
Sarah, where is your camera?
God's creation. You have to be touched.
We continued our walk and came back to it later.
Look at this giant bird sitting on top of the bromeliads.
Back at the "everglade's creatures social place". Click here for a video.
And what is this alligator doing? Scratching himself?
This video shows it better.
Since we had picked up the rented car, the odor of cigarette smoke had bothered us. Now it had come to the point that it seemed to cause headaches. We decided to bring it back to exchange. The airport was not too far from our hotel. So that is what we did.
After that we walked again from the hotel to a restaurant. Japanese this time. James had a huge bowl of soup with pork, veggies and ramen noodles. I had the same huge bowl with seafood in a delicious veggie broth and soba noodles. We remembered the times when we had seen the noodles being made behind a glass window in Singapore. Ah, the memories.