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Old 08-30-2011, 10:51 AM
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Paddling in the Everglades

Nice series of videos on paddling in the Everglades:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urOXNAjku0Q&feature=related

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The bugs did seem intense. I wonder what they are like at other times of the year. It's the kind of trip I'd like to do in the fall or spring, perhaps even the winter but it might be hard to find camping in more appealing bug and weather conditions.
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Wild old men. A friend pointed out that the chickees they slept on were safe because alligators can't climb up on them. There's footage of them sleeping on the ground one night. Seems alligators could easily have reached them that night. Wonder what the safety protocols are in those kind of circumstances. They definitely saw alligators around their camps.
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:07 AM
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Day 1 was Everglades City to Darwin's Place. I suppose if you were able to reach Darwin's place you're fit to survive the rest of the trip.

What are they called? Chickees?

Can you catch alligator for food?
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What are they called? Chickees?
That's what it sounded like to me. Not sure how to spell it. Where does that word come from?
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Beautiful place......but did anyone tell them about the gators?
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gators suck, but magnum rounds will take them out. no way I am sleeping on the ground in gatorland. And, water moccasins climb trees. Think I'll stay in OK............
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:24 PM
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gators suck, but magnum rounds will take them out. no way I am sleeping on the ground in gatorland. And, water moccasins climb trees. Think I'll stay in OK............
Gee paddling around in a kayak acting like gator-bait dipping an oar into the water like bird or other animal...inches above the water in easy reach.

Why can I envision a Darwin award moment for these guys?
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I did some paddling around a tributary of the St. Johns River around Orlando a few years ago. Gorgeous place. My friend has been paddling around there for years and has never seen any gators, but I guarantee you that my head was on a swivel the entire time.

EDIT: Actually, I guess that's not true. He has seen gators from a distance, but they have never been a problem. We didn't see any that day.
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The city sleeker I'm I always have to think about "Southern Comfort" when hearing about the everglades.
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grew up in SWLA, and actually never heard of anyone having issues with gators, though there are plenty there. Just always stayed away from them.....BUFLs.......
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We always referred to them as "Louisiana yard dogs". 'Course BUFL's are an apt term.
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My wife and I enjoy visiting the Everglades in winter. We often hit the hiking trails and have never had a big problem with mosquitoes. It's the dry season then and very enjoyable. The best part of Florida.

The water levels dry up that time of year, and wildlife tends to congregate at major water holes. That makes excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing at easily accessible points.

There used to be a lot of amenities at Flamingo, including sunset sailing cruises on Florida Bay. As the sun goes down, millions of birds come in from a day of feeding to roost on the many islets in the bay. It's like Hitchcock's "The Birds" X10, except that nobody is under attack. Absolutely awesome.

Unfortunately, I believe the cruises were discontinued along with other services that were knocked out by Katrina and Wilma in 2005. You can still rent houseboats, canoes, kayaks and bicycles, though.

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