We arrived back at Coral Ridge Presbyterian at 8 am and got ourselves loaded. We’re getting our departures and arrivals down to a science by this point in the tour.
We have only had a couple host night stays so far, and last night was one of them. We all enjoyed fellowship with the friendly folks at Coral Ridge.
There were 5 Fork Stories today, three of them dealing with wildlife - frog in car, cockroach in bed, bee sting on foot. Sasha won his second Fork award for his tale of finding a mostly naked man asleep on the bathroom floor in his host home. We gave him a Fork decorated with a fig leaf.
We drove along Alligator Alley (I-75) to cross the state from east to west. Near Naples, we visited the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, am ancient cypress forest under the care of the Audubon Society. It was Friday Funday, so all those 18 and under got in free! There was a discovery room with some animals to visit, and several people met Candy Corn the snake. Many traversed the 2 mile boardwalk that wound its way through the swamp, searching for alligators, birds, and other wildlife.
Highlights from a couple people included:
David Hembrough/Noah Lenker: we spotted a good old baby snake 🐍 and it was his feasting time. We also saw a couple raccoons.
Taylor Cappeluti: the alligator was hiding in a mess of plants, it made a big splash and then swam a few feet and disappeared; It was really long (approximately 9 feet) and it didn’t look amused.
Many commented that some time in the natural world provided a rest for the soul and awakening of the senses.
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