With the ideal climate, these gardens have plants representing countries from around the world. The majority of plants in each theme garden are marked for easy identification, the flowering blooms are vibrant with fragrances abound. The gardens are well maintained, and most have benches located throughout the garden for relaxation.
|This is more than a little water|
|The other end of the boardwalk trail; still more than a little water|
|Wetlands by the birding tower|
|You're in FL, if you see water expect an alligator|
|A snake getting sun|
|A bird along the trail|
If walking through nature isn’t your thing, then another pleasant place I revisited was 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples. As to be expected, along here you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants. While the majority of shopping and eating establishments are within a few blocks along the avenue, following it westward will take you to the Gulf of Mexico.
Taking advantage of another good weather day, I headed south and east into the Florida Everglades. When I arrived my plan was to complete the drive along Janes Scenic Drive which I’d attempted last year. But as life would have it, the semi-maintained dirt road was more flooded this year than last. So, I opted for a 45 minute airboat ride; much more fun than driving on a rickety ass road.
I choose Corey Billy’s Airboat Rides which is located on US 41 or locally known as Tamiami Trail. Prior to the completion of Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley), the Tamiami Trail was the primary road linking Tampa on the west coast to Miami on the east.
|An 11 foot gator at the airboat docks|
|Pat, the alligator trainer holding one of his baby|
|Teeth, made to clamp and hold-on|
|A friendly kiss; not for me|
|Pat's gator waving; looks like the Gieco gecko|
|On the ride|
|Wetlands are truly wet|
Well the end of phase one of my southern pilgrimage has come to an end. For the next few days I’ll be home, monitoring the track of hurricane Irma. If all goes well, my next stop will be Puerto Rico.
Will I get there before or after Irma?
Until next time,