Location: FL  –  EVERGLADES NAT’L PARK – Shark Valley
       Directions: From the Florida Turnpike, take Exit 25. Head west on US 41 (Tamiami Trail) for approximately 25 miles. The entrance to Shark Valley will be on your left.
       Misc. Info: Fee for a private vehicle is $10.00. A number of types of US government passes are accepted in lieu of the fee. Restrooms are located at the Visitor Center. See www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/svdirections.htm.
Date of Visit: Mid January 2014

       Conditions: Overcast and chilly with a little rain
       Time of day: Mid-morning through mid-afternoon
       Photography: I do not recommend taking the tram (an extra fee) for photography. Due to the engine vibration, which side you are seated on, and the short time that the tram is stopped, it is not a good value or use of time for photography. There are plenty of opportunities along the canal that runs along the asphalt road on the west side of the visitor center. (There is also a short boardwalk that is worthwhile.) After waiting out a brief rain shower, my wife and I saw banana spiders, alligators, little blue herons, green herons, great blue herons, great egrets, snowy egrets, nesting anhingas, wood storks, tri-colored herons, red-shouldered hawks and a group of about a half-dozen limpkins – all without going more than a hundred yards or so along the road.