We headed out to the everglades expecting little but ended up having a great time. Our big piece of advice if your ever visiting the everglades; bring or rent a canoe.
We spent our first night of out in the wild boondocking in the Everglades. It was a great time. There was a trailhead near where we stopped where I took some fun photos and then we made dinner and enjoyed our secluded parking spot in the middle of nowhere.
We had heard from lots of people that Shark Valley was the place to visit. They have a sixteen mile loop that you can bike. We arrived and felt good about not paying $44 for the tram tour and avoiding the $34 charge to rent bikes. Cheers to bringing bikes on the back of the van! Annies favorite part of this tour was finding manatees along the boardwalk. I enjoyed the 50’s moderist raised viewing walkway at the tip of the trail. Here is a quick video.
The next night we headed all the way to the Flamingo campground at the tip of the drivable part of the Everglades. It is a lovely drive that I would recommend to anyone. At this campground we payed our first fee for the night. A whopping $16. The night before we tried to dump our liquid grey water but found out that the pump to empty the tank decided to stop working. So we felt good about paying $16 for some solar powered showers and a slow cozy morning the next day.
Eventually we found the fuse box (which was not in the manual) and replaced the pump fuse (which was blown) and drained our tanks. This was a great relief and we then proceeded to Robert Is Here for some fresh Florida fruit. Anyone visiting the everglades needs to try out this fruit stand, they have loads of fruit you have never even heard of.