Sunday, January 16, 2011

Black Point Marina – Everglades National Park to Flamingo Park

The little mosquito is moveable per mosquito density
We made one last trip to the Everglades National Park today, down to the southern tip to Flamingo Park. It’s known at the mosquito capital of the world! It’s where the government tests mosquito repellant for effectiveness. If it works here, it works anywhere. However, in January which is the dry season and cool, the mosquitoes are at their minimum so we weren’t bothered. There are sign all over the park about the importance of mosquitoes, they are an important part of the food chain – believe it or not. If you’re bitten, then the signs say that you have just become an important part of the food chain in the Everglades! You are now a participant in the food chain, albeit at a rather low point since you come in below the mosquito!

Really nice nature walks!
So we had a relatively mosquito free day and enjoyed all the nature walks, most of which came with elevated, wooden walkways which put you at eye level with the trees for easy viewing. The “sea of grass” is rather fascinating. It looks solid but if you were to walk on it, you would immediately sink in up to your knees in the muck – or higher. After returning to the boat at 2:00 pm, the rest of the day was spent doing laundry, how exciting – but necessary. I’ll return the car Monday and work on the boat for the cruise on Tuesday.