Big Cypress National Preserve

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"Pickle Barrels and PT Hulls"
Big Cypress
National Preserve was added to our agenda at the last minute when Alan Bow asked us to  pick up a park pin for him. It turned out to be an . .  .

Irenic Scene with Spanish Moss
Along side much of Loop Road are waterways like this, which even on the detailed National Park Service maps have no name...

Map of Our Trip through Big Cypress
From Naples, there are two routes to Big Cypress. One is Interstate 75, which is better known as "Alligator Alley." The other is US 41 which runs to the south...

Cypress Trees
I was surprised and slightly disappointed by the dwarf pond cypress trees I saw in Big Cypress National Preserve. They were smaller than I'd expected (I didn't

The H. P. Williams Roadside Park
The H. P. Williams Roadside Park is a pretty little pocket park with restrooms a few miles east of  SR-29 on the Tamiami Trail . . .

Huge Alligators
The alligators I saw along Loop Drive were larger than any I have seen anywhere else, including the Everglades and zoos. . .

Visitor Center
The Visitor Center is located a half mile west of SR 94 on Tamiami Trail (US 41) and is about half-way between Naples and Miami.

Gator at my Feet
I've heard that alligators don't usually bother people. None the less, I took this picture leaning (not very far) out the car window. 
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Loop Road (SR 94)
Loop Road
turns off the Tamiami Trail at a sign for Monroe Station. Built in 1928, Monroe Station was once the headquarters for mounted motorcycle patrols for the new Tamiami Trail. It is the last . . .