As we left the Everglades and started northward, we made one more pass through Big Cypress where the birding is some of the best we’ve had on this trip.
In 1968, construction of what was to be the world’s largest jetport was begun in this 729,000-acre swampland, and would have been the nail in the coffin to the already struggling Everglades. Fortunately, a coalition of conservationists, hunters, private landowners and Native Floridians put a stop to it, and ultimately Big Cypress National Preserve was established.
Russ’ sister, Nancy, has joined us this week, and today she and I enjoyed a bike ride on the levee beside Lake Okeechobee while Russ went for a run on the same path.
With miles of sugar cane and orange groves surrounding it, Clewiston claims to be “America’s Sweetest Town.” The Chamber of Commerce has a nice little museum and two films that give an overview of how orange juice and sugar make their way from field to table. (The 3 1/2- hour Sugarland Tour was booked for the week.)