Sunday, May 30, 2010
How much distance DO you need to give an alligator? If you are planning some extra days after the Legal Writing Institute Conference, consider renting a bike and looking for alligators. Yes, there's one in the small photo on the right side! (You can click on the photo to the right to enlarge it if you are having trouble finding the alligator.)
Since we first posted these photos last week, Christi Hayes, a professor at Florida International University College of Law, wrote in to identify these photos as being taken at Shark Valley, part of the Everglades National Park. There are no sharks there, but there are lots of gators. Anyone in reasonably good health can leisurely bike a 15 mile completely flat asphalt "trail" that loops around the park (Christi wrote that she is not not much of a cyclist but that she found this to be an easy ride, as do most kids). She prefers to do this ride at night under a full moon, although daytime is best for birdwatchers. Sometimes there are alligators everywhere on the sides of the trail (not usually on the trail as in the photo), but they always appear to be asleep and she has never heard of anyone being threatened or harmed by them at Shark Valley. (As with all wild animals, don't get too close.) You can also tour Shark Valley by tram. You will need lots of sunscreen and to cover up. It will be quite hot here in June, and there is no shade on the trail.
Christi also gave us this link to the website, http://www.sharkvalleytramtours.com/ where you can find information including driving directions. It's about an hour and 20 minutes east of the LWI conference at Marco Island.
Hat tip to Christi Hayes at FIU College of Law
(Photos by David Austin)