Well, the trip to the keys was over, and it was time to head back home. There was one last thing we wanted to do, however. Just outside of Miami on the way into the Everglades, we stopped at Copper Town for an air-boat ride. The price wasn’t too bad, and we got a nature lesson before heading out on the boat. We were told some interesting facts about alligators and snakes, and a couple of these reptiles were passed around for us to pet.
After the lesson, we headed across the street for our air-boat tour. If you ever decide to do this get some earplugs. The cotton they give you just doesn’t quite do the trick. Those boats are loud!
Now, I knew alligators were rather plentiful in the Everglades, but I didn’t realize just how plentiful. There are approximately 2.7 million alligators in the Everglades at the last population check (and that’s just the ones 5 feet or longer!). So, needless to say, there were plenty of alligators to see on our boat trip.
Aside from the alligators, I got a couple of photos of some native insects like dragonflies, butterflies, and the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper and one really pretty bird called a Purple Gallinule (and some very nice scenic photos as well).
And that my friends was our last big adventure on the Florida Keys trip. I hope you have enjoyed the photos. Stay tuned for some local adventures coming soon.