Warren & Emily SwanTrips → 1988 Florida Everglades

See the 1985 Florida Everglades Trip for a general discussion of these somewhat regular/irregular snow-bird excursions. 

This trip differed from the previous in several ways.  We brought a Wheaton College student with us to drop off in Wintergarden, FL to share some travel expenses.  Emily’s sister, Olive, drove her Chevy S-10 down to camp with us.

Heidi & ’Gator

We enjoyed all of the usual hikes, the beach, the trip to the Keys; but this time we had Heidi, our second child with us.

Here she is pointing at a small alligator off of the Anhinga Trail, a favorite, relaxing walk at Royal Palm, Everglades National Park.  →

We spent Christmas day in Flamingo.

Shark Valley Tower We brought our own bikes, with child carriers. 

← We had a much more leisurely ride out to the tower at Shark Valley, since we didn’t have to worry about returning rented bikes.  Here Olive, Emily and the two girls relax at the base of the tower.

When we visited Key West this trip, we spent time at some sites new to us: the Amsterdam-Curry Mansion, and the Audubon House & Gardens.

At Flamingo we took the Bald Eagle boat trip up Buttonwood Canal, where we saw 2 crocodiles, which are rare to see.

Another first on this trip was biking from the campground to the Royal Palm Visitor Center.  Looking back, we’re glad we visited the beautiful Orchid Jungle near Homestead, because it was wiped out a few years later by Hurricane Andrew (1992).

We never did get to bike the entire remains of the Old Ingraham Highway because Warren’s bike kept getting a flat tire.

We spent more time over in Miami in this trip than we did in all of our other trips combined, since we usually don’t even go there at all!  But we saw some interesting sites: the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, the Vizcaya mansion, and the made-for-Hollywood ship The Bounty.

One day Warren hiked the approximately 4-mile Pinelands Trail (not the smaller side trip), and met Emily hurrying to find him near the end.  We drove down to Flamingo just in time to board the Wind Jammer Cruise in the Wind Fall around Florida Bay.

Long Pine Key pines I’ve included this picture of a barred owl in the pine trees around the Long Pine Key campground because for many years after Hurricane Andrew (1992) the pines were not to be this dense.  →

The campground was cooler, more seclusive and “friendlier” before Andrew blew over so many of these beautiful Florida Slash Pines.  The owl watched us as we made preparations to leave the Everglades the next morning.

On one other trip as a teenager, Warren had gone with his family over to NASA before returning home.  This trip we also decided to camp near there and visit Spaceport USA at the Kennedy Space Center.  We knew we’d be back when the kids were older.  It’s a great place to take them.

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