Saturday, 23 February 2013

Airboat trip on a river of grass, Everglades National Park

In our last Everglades article, we are taking you back four years in time. It was 2009 when we did this adrenaline boosting boat trip in search of alligators and wildlife. It was during the dry season and alligators were even swimming towards you when the boat was floating.

It was a great adventure and these swamps seem to have lanes through which airboats pass. A little bit like one way streets. In some cases the water stood so low that the airboat just glided over the sand or mod and than you start prauing not to get stuck. Our guide was very friendly and had a good eye for spotting birds. After our trip we saw a giant yellow grassshopper sitting at the side of the road. Have you ever seen such a beautifull creature?

In ons laatste Everglades artikel nemen we je mee op een airboat. Hiervoor gaan we vier jaar terug in de tijd naar de zomer van 2009. In ons avontuur op zoek naar alligators en andere dieren genoten we ook van de snelheid waarmee deze boten over het moeras vliegen. Het was het droge seizoen en eens de boot stil lag zag je zelfs alligators naar je toe zwemmen. Soms is het moeras een open vlakte maar ook vind je gebieden die op straten lijken, aan beide zijden hoog begroeid en hopelijk een richtingverkeer. 

Soms stond het water zo laag dat we over grote stukken zand en modder gleden en wij maar bidden dat we niet vast zouden komen te zitten. Onze gids was zeer vriendelijk en had een goed gevoel om vogels te spotten. Na onze boottocht zagen we aan de zijkant van de weg een heel grote gele krekel. Heb je ooit zo'n mooi beestje gezien? 
 
Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Everglades by airboat

Previous Everglades article: Mahogany Hammock and Pa-Hay-okee overlook at Everglades National Park

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25 comments:

  1. 't Was toen fantastisch mooi, Filip, nu nog... !
    Lie(f)s.

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  2. Die laatste foto is echt een beauty! Weer mooie post!

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  3. Wow, what an amazing adventure, and I wonder of all that wild life how many are still around today? Almost five years later.

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  4. WOW what a beautiful nature and animals?
    Great photos and post.
    I send greetings.
    Have a nice Sunday.

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  5. Ik heb genoten van jullie avontuur in de Everglades! Zowel van water en groen als van de verschillende dieren.
    De krekel is schitterend, wat een mooie kleur!

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  6. Looks as if you had an amazing ride on this airboat. Wonder what kind of interesting bird that is. I really enjoyed the airboat ride that i did, and the group we went with had an alligator along in the boat ( a small one) . He was named elvis, and each of us got to hold him. This is an area that I would definitely not want to be in if my boat sank. But very fascinating.

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  7. spannend en boeiend lijkt me dit tochtje

    heel knappe foto van dat laatste beestje

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  8. en was het ook laag water, het is allemaal goed gekomen. Mooie serie Filip.
    Fijn weekend nog, Dietmut

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  9. oh, this must be one adventurous ride, and must be very exciting and also scary to see alligators that very close, i would would love to do this too, thanks for sharing.

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  10. How lucky you are to get to go on an airboat ride. I've always wanted to do that as it looks like so much fun!

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  11. great shots



    ALOHA from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ > < } } ( ° > <3

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  12. The crocodile seems to be so close to you guys. If I saw it, probably my hear will skip a beat cause my worst fear is crocodile.

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  13. It would have been a delight to have a close view of the birds, but not so keen on being too close to the alligators! The grasshopper is very distinctly marked and coloured.

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  14. I have heard of these airboat trips and seen them on T.V. You are both brave! I love that sweet little white flower, and the bird with the yellow legs and yellow and red beak. But the grasshopper...so intricate, almost looks like a mechanical robot or something.

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  15. Goh, hier heb je een lang gekoesterde droom van mij in een mooie reportage gebracht, bedankt Filip en Kristel, met dit knap log is het fijn de koude, winterse zondag te beginnen!

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  16. How interesant and beautiful photos !!!
    Greetings
    orvokki

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  17. This grasshopers really got amazing colors !

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  18. lovely shot of the nature and insects... ;)

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  19. Prachtige opnamen van een mooie natuur.

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  20. een heel mooie reeks en de laatste foto spant de kroon

    fijne zondag

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  21. great tour, really gettign close to the alegators! love it, my fav is the last pic, so beautiful+colourful wishing you a good new week!

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  22. Sounds like an incredibly exciting ride Filip, oh la! those little birds should beware with all those alligators around!

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  23. What beautiful views! Wow, crocodiles - I have a crocodile- phobia :)

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