Beagle on Board: The Bus Visits the Everglades!

 

July 3rd, 2016

Dear Friends,

We’ve been having a fantastic time in Florida the past few days!

I’ve had so much fun exploring Everglades National Park with my Bus buddies. The park was established in 1947 to prevent the further destruction of its unique and diverse ecosystem, in addition to conserving the beautiful landscape. In the first part of the twentieth century there were several efforts to drain the wetlands for the creation of towns and farms, but thanks to the work of local activists, we are now able to appreciate the beautiful flora and fauna of southern Florida.

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We’re staying in a neat hostel that has a natural aquifer pool, and at night we’ve been sleeping in a gazebo. I could get used to sleeping outdoors all the time! There are also giant trees that have a bridge going between them and large, hammock-like nets (that’s where Emma slept one night!).

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Yesterday we drove along the southern route to Flamingo in Everglades National Park. Unfortunately there were a ton of mosquitos and horseflies waiting to swarm us! James and Emma’s faces were covered in bites after a short trail walk while filming – I tried to help by eating a few, but those little bugs were just too fast…

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But if we had to be itchy, at least it was in such a beautiful place!

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Today we took a daytrip to Miami where we saw a lot of different types of people. I was most impressed by some exercise fiends performing amazing feats of strength on the beach; some of them were holding themselves up by their arms perpendicular to a vertical pole! Maybe I’ll be able to do that if I keep practicing… Oh! I almost forgot – we met a man walking down the street with an enormous python around his neck! I’ve never seen such a big snake before, so I’m glad that guy had a firm hold on him!

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Tomorrow we’re headed to the Florida Keys for the Fourth of July, but we’ll come back to the Everglades in a few days! There’s so much to see, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

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Wish you were here,

Bing

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