It's time for another some new scenery and we've traveled south just as a cold front moved through Florida. While most people who visit the Everglades travel to the eastern side from Miami, we've come to the western side, which is less touristy. Our goal is to visit the photography studio of Clyde Butcher and take a hike through the swamp with one of his acolytes. One of our friends fell in love with Butcher's black and white representations of this unique part of Florida and has some of his prints on display in his home. We've wanted to come here for years.
We are camped midway between Miami and Tampa on the Tamiami Trail at a campground aptly named Midway. We have no cell or wifi service and haven't felt this off the grid since we were in Alaska. In the early 1900's the Tamiami Trail seemed like a good idea and while it is still a major thoroughfare, environmentalists are looking for ways to pierce it since it has done such a good job of blocking all the water and animal life that is moving from north to south. The road will took us through miles of Everglades scenery with glimpses of alligators sunning along the waterways and Everglades birds in the trees. We drove across a historic 1-mile-long bridge designed to return natural water flow to Everglades National Park. The $81 million bridge opened in 2012 and is part of the largest construction project in the history of the National Park Service.