What We Found in Florida

 
A group of great egrets stand on the shore of one of the small lakes in the J.N. Ding Darling Nature Preserve on Sanibel Island, Florida - Photo by Brian Larkin
J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, February 2001

We Found . . .
We found beautiful beaches, resorts, and traffic unmatched elsewhere in this country . . . exotic birds, palm trees, wild fires, and spectacular bridges . . . manicured lawns, primeval swamps, and a river of grass unlike any other in the world . . .  Spanish moss, cypress trees, alligators, crocodiles . . . and that there are 11,655 mangrove trees lining the 100's of miles of creeks and waterways in the Everglades . . . that the lower halves of both coasts are two huge permanent resorts . . .  and we found why people retire to places like Daytona Beach.

On the following pages are thumbnail impressions of some of the places and things we saw along the way.