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Can't get that kind of fresh air at home, unfortunately.
We saw some birds, and several mosquitoes... but no alligators! They have a few on the preserve, but it was pretty warm out, so I wasn't too surprised that we didn't see any.
Something else we thought was interesting... this was our sweet ride out to the 'cycle barn' (the place where we got our fashionable headgear and harnesses).
Nothing says conservation like this re-purposed truck. It was a pretty decent ride over the bumpy roads. Except I kept imagining I was in Africa. I kept waiting for a guide in an Australian accent to mention something about lions.
Back to reality... the guide was saying something about lunch. Ah yes, lunch...
Back at the lodge where we checked in, they have a lunch counter. The burgers were REALLY, really good. All grass fed beef raised at the Crescent J ranch, which is part of the nature preserve. Yum.
And deals... Like Florida EcoSafaris on facebook. They sometimes run special offers or have coupons. Keep in mind, reservations are required, so call ahead!
Verdict? Possibly the best $80 we spent this vacation. We appreciated the effort Forever Florida has put into preserving this chunk of the "real" Florida and giving us the chance to see it up close and personal.