In Which I Travel Across the Everglades on Alligator Alley

Gale Lyons Hitty
By Hitty Flora Sunny State Hittys
On the Road to Key West

For the first leg of our journey to Key West, we traveled south on Interstate 75 and then East on Alligator Alley.

Collier County and Broward County are connected by Alligator Alley across what was once thought to be the vast, impenetrable wilderness of  The Florida Everglades.  The Everglades is a complex, interdependent wetlands ecosystem that covers a good portion of Southern Florida stretching to the Florida Bay.

When the highway was first proposed, the AAA (American Automobile Association) jokingly called it "a useless road" and an "alley for alligators"  However, the State Highway Board liked the name and officially  declared the name of the new road to be "Alligator Alley"

The current toll is $2.50.  At mile marker 37.5, we stopped at the Everglades Welcome Center.

I had my picture taken in front of the Wood Stork display.  The Wood Stork is an Indicator Species which means that it is closely watched and studied by biologists and environmentalists.  Changes to its existence could indicate changes to the ecosystem of its natural habitat.

After our short break, we were "on the road again".  Florida Keys---here we come.

© 2010 Hitty Travel Doll


Anne R said...

When they were building Alligator Alley the canal banks on either side were white where they had been cut through the limestone. There were hundreds of alligators to be seen basking on the banks of those canals as you drove across. Did you see any alligators on the banks of the canals? Did you see the tunnels they built so the panthers and other animals could safely cross under the road? said...

We did not see the tunnels or any alligators. David, one of my adopted humans often sees alligators when he plays golf and has a picture of one that was sunning itself by the lake at the job site one day.

Celia said...

Hitty Flora,
Would you ask David, your human, to post that picture,please, when you all get home?
Thank you, Hitty Jan of the Sixies Community Hittys said...

I will try to post a link to the photo....Hope this works.

Click for Alligator Photo

Celia said...

That link worked. Great picture, Hitty Flora.
We are having rain today in Canton, GA. Hope your days are sunny in deep south Florida for the trip.
Hitty Jan

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