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"There are no other Everglades in the world," Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 1947.
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Florida Everglades Open for Business After Hurricane Irma

My eyes watered with sadness as I drove through Everglades City on my way to Chokoloskee and spied the piles of debris sitting by the road, eyed blue tarps, and saw some closed businesses with obvious damage. These manmade hills were made of toilets, bedding, and a mish-mash of what were once personal effects and home fixtures damaged by the storm’s fury waiting to be hauled away, more than two months following the storm. It was a sad scene to absorb.

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Take a Drive on the Wild Side! Florida Road Trip Across the Everglades.
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Take A Drive On The Wild Side! U.S. 41 Road Trip Across The Florida Everglades

Ready for a road trip on the wild side? Hop in the car and enjoy a leisurely ride along U.S. 41 for a road trip across the Everglades. Sure, you can take I-75, affectionately called Alligator Alley when driving between Naples and Miami, but U.S. 41 is a slice of old Florida.

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Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe Is Worth A Stop To Taste Everglades Cuisine
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A Florida Everglades Lunch at Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe

Wrangling snakes requires mental alertness and nourishment. Before learning the proper ways to round up pythons last month, I fed my body a Florida Everglades lunch at Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe.

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Showing Off My Southwest and Central Florida

Living in Florida means living in the world’s top tourism destination and traveling to Orlando is a breeze. Oftentimes I need to remind myself how fortunate I am living so close to attractions others take years of planning before visiting. I’m always reminded how lucky I am when friends visit. 

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Alligator Hugging in Naples, Florida. Yeah, That’s Right. Gator Hugging.

Mike Sturgill sat in his Naples, Fla., souvenir shop stroking his pet named “Bobby.” With the exception of an occasional eye blink, Bobby stood still and I swear, I saw contentment on his face. If he were a cat, he’d be purring. “Would you like to hug him?” Sturgill, aka “Gatorman Mike,” asked as the […]

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Bittersweet Return to Flamingo Lodge in Everglades National Park

Standing in the tall grass I let the wind wrap me in her arms while an osprey chirped from a tree branch above, unsure sure if the distinctive call was meant to be welcoming or a warning. What was once a place where I spent three years of my life was now reduced to barely rubble and overgrown grasses.

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