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AUGUST, 1987
The first time I visited the Everglades I
was with my cousin Little Dan.  We
took an airboat ride across the "River of
Grass" and saw a three-finger
Seminole
Indian wrestle a apathetic alligator.
Thinking that was all there was to it, I
didn't return for three years.  Then I
took my
Mom on a canoe trip that
neither of us will forget.  It started off
innocuously enough, meandering thru
the mangroves.  Then, while ducking
thru the branches,
Mom said, "Look out
for the spider."  But this was no
ordinary spider, it was a gargantuan
black and white wood monster that
would have plucked my eye out if it
had a chance!  Immediately going into
survival mode, I promptly flipped the
canoe and all its contents into the
brackish water.  Good thing my buddy
Jim was with us as he retrieved her
unwaterproofed camera and eyeglasses
from the six feet of water.  We righted
the
canoe in time to watch a manta ray
swim below our canoe!  As we paddled
back to the main waterway, we
managed to arrive in time for
Captain
Bligh in his cigarette boat to awash our
starboard side with a
tsunami wave!  
Splash!  Back into the drink.  I should
have learned to stay away from boats
then.
HMMM, YOU LOOK LIKE YOU COULD BE DINNER
THE ENDANGERED KEY DEER
The Everglades is a fascinating place that I found
myself at again and again.  I have countless pictures
of here.  Eventually I found the alligators less
frightening than the spiders!  The greatest memory
was when a few of us fellows went fishing in
Whitewater Bay and had some migrating
dolphins
swimming along the side of the boat.  But they
fumbled on the two!
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