Join us for a fun-filled family day of celebration. After the parade, there will be plenty to do in McLeod Park including a kids’ playground and hot dogs for lunch. For info, phone City Hall at 695-3781.
Saturday, July 2
9:30 – Opening Ceremony
10:00 – PARADE
11:00 – Arts & Crafts booths open
11:30 – Kiddies’ Contest
Summertime and the living is easy here in the Everglades area. Yes, the mosquitoes are biting and the weather is hotter, but there are so many advantages to living here this time of year. We’ve been watching the evidence of spring unfold as the Royal Poincianas are in full bloom with their beautiful red, orange and yellow flowers. The cacti are showing off their night-time spectacular blooms, the cypress trees are complete with their delicate leaves fluttering in the breeze, and the young nesting birds have taken flight. Just to see all the wonders of our Florida Everglades come alive is worth all the deer flies, no-see-ums and mosquitoes.
Recently, several friends and I signed up for a guided trip with Everglades Area Tours in Chokoloskee. Jason was our guide, and as we started out on the “mother” boat and asked him where we would be going, he said he had no idea. Jason explained that he waits until he sees how the wind is blowing, looks at the tides, andalso the clients. Well, we had just enough wind to keep the pests away so we anchored not too far from our launch site and boarded our kayaks. On the way out Jason talked about the ecology, the hydrology, the history of the glades and the wildlife. While we were kayaking out to Rabbit Key, he continued to educate us on the habits of the osprey, the swallowtail kite, the heron and other birds we were seeing. We took time to explore the island and find shells and sea creatures. Jason continued to amaze us with his knowledge. The final treat of the day was to visit a rookery full of pelicans and herons with chicks still in their nests. We were quiet enough to view them up close. What a great way to spend a summer day; so much to see and experience, especially with a guide like Jason who was a wealth of information and really knows his stuff.
For permanent residents, this is the time to take advantage of what’s in our own backyard. We don’t have to go very far. There are still full-time outfitters in town who offer kayaking, fishing trips, swamp buggy rides and other glades activities year round.
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.