EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK & MIAMI, FLORIDA
Following our time in Dallas, we made a huge, 2 full day drive from Dallas, Texas, to Miami, Florida. On our way, we stayed overnight in Lee, Florida, after grabbing some awesome barbecue from The Shed, a BBQ place in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, which had been recommended by a great friend of ours. We had actually briefly driven by it last summer, but hadn’t had a chance to try the food. It was great! We arrived in Miami, Florida, in the early afternoon on Sunday, and immediately hit Everglades National Park. We took an airboat tour through Coopertown Air Boats, which took us on a tour through the Everglades. It was all of our first time on an airboat, and it was so much fun! On our trip, we saw three alligators in the wild, and learned a ton about the vegetation and animal life in the Everglades. So amazing! After the airboat tour, we attended an animal show, where we learned a ton more about the alligators, snakes, turtles, and other inhabitants of the park. After swinging by a software store on our way into Miami, we arrived at the Miami Everglades RV Resort, where we would spend the next couple of nights. Once we arrived, Justin spent a couple hours getting the RV networked and up and running for the start of school the next day, when the kids would begin to do distance-learning from the RV. We roasted some s’more’s over the fire before bed, and called it a day!
The next morning, we slept in a bit, knowing we would have the three hour time difference between the east, in Florida, and California, for the start of school. It was really nice to get some extra rest! The kids began school, and everything ran really seamlessly! I am so grateful to Justin for all of his hard work and making it happen for all of us. Since the kids only had a half day of school that Monday, we headed into Everglades again, immediately following their school day. We hit the Ernest P. Coe Visitor Center, and explored two hikes in the park. The first was the Anhinga trail, which took us on a raised boardwalk above the swamps. We got to see several hardwood hammocks, and spotted a few alligators on the journey, in addition to several large snapping turtles, heron, egrets, and lots of fish! The kids loved the hike! Then we hit the Gumbo Limbo Trail, which took us through some deeper vegetation, and gave us a little bit of a different perspective of the growth in the Everglades. All in all, such an awesome afternoon, even following a school day! After our hikes, we headed to the Robert Is Here Farmstand, for some highly recommended fresh fruit milkshakes (The key lime and strawberry was definitely the winner!)! They were incredible! We played some games as a family before bed, grateful for our adventures that day!