Here’s a little proof positive that the younger generation still finds the outdoors a thrill. Late last year, I had an email from a reader planning a trip to Florida looking for a way to day-trip the Everglades while visiting family in Punta Gorda. Given the vast distance between the two spots, I suggested, as an alternative, an immersion into the Big Cypress – the Western Everglades – in the closest spot they could experience: Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers.
I received this follow-up email after the family’s trip:
Thanks for your wonderful suggestions, we managed to do the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve walk (my kids and I) and we had a wonderful time. We were very fortunate to get in touch with a wildlife volunteer and thanks to her, saw some good birds and an alligator and learnt a lot about nature. My sons (10 and 8) loved it so much that when asked to rate their favorites of an action-packed vacation, they ranked this walk #2. Just to get an idea of how huge this is, here is their list
Pretty cool, eh?
Photo courtesy of Venkat Iyengar
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