Monday, March 22, 2010

Flamingo - Everglades National Park, South Florida

After driving through the fields in Homestead and Florida city, my family continued on our journey toward Flamingo in the Everglades National Park in South Florida.

Thirteen years ago I made this journey with my mom, my dad and my younger brother, who was eight at the time. My dad remembered seeing Flamingos, and we were all excited to go see flamingos in the wild.

At the beginning of the Everglades we made a stop at the visitor center at the park entrance. It cost $10 per vehicle to enter the Everglades National Park. We had brought our own sandwiches and drinks, so we made a frugal pit stop. On our way south, we stopped at several different trails, and it was interesting to see the different parts of the Everglades.

About 38 miles south of the entrance, we finally reached Flamingo (about 2 hours later due to the small road and many trail stops).

We had a second pit stop that include Florida Strawberries on a bench overlooking the Florida Bay.

Florida City and Homestead Farms in South Florida

A few weeks ago I visited the farms in Homestead, Florida, which is just south of Miami. It was a part of a day trip to Flamingo, but the farms in Homestead were a beautiful sight, when all I am used to is city and the beach.

My dad is a farmer in Northern Europe, so seeing tomato fields and orange groves were an interesting sight for him as well. I personally wondered what they sprayed all these beautiful vegetable fields with to keep the bugs away, as I am struggling with keeping them away from my own cherry tomatoes.


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