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Florida Fridays; The Great 2012 Florida Trip Part 4 (US 41 Tamiami Trail, Everglades National Park, and Shark Valley Loop Road)

Continuing on with the story of the late 2012 Florida Trip.  Despite having family in Florida my entire life I had never been down to the Everglades or Florida Keys.  That being the case I took I-75 south to the Naples Area and jumped onto US 41 as it turned east towards Miami along the Tamiami Trail through the Everglades.






Suffice to say I found the journey through the slow moving water lands to be quite the hoot given that I was living in Arizona at the time.  I did a much more historic break down the Tamiami Trail back in May of 2017, so I'll be sure to notate more on the subject when it comes time to upload that particular blog. 

The main objective of the day was to complete a circuit on the Shark Valley Loop Road of Everglade National Park.  The Shark Valley Loop Road is a 15 mile loop on a former quarry road in the Everglades.  My understanding is that it was once thought that there was actual sharks in the Shark River and Shark Valley in the Everglades wet season, neither proved ultimately be true.  The Shark Valley Loop Road can be biked on and has open access to alligators, snakes, and all sorts of water fowl.  The Shark Valley Observation Tower offers excellent view of the Everglades in all directions and apparently is the location of a trailhead.


























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