WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
DEEP IN THE LUSH FLORIDA EVERGLADES, HIGHWAY NOISE GIVES WAY TO HERON CALLS AND GATOR GROWLS.
In the mangroves, canals and marshes of Everglades National Park, GPS is no match for the mental maps of locals. Located just over 130 kilometres from bustling Miami, these protected wetlands are open to exploration by water and land. Make charming Everglades City your base, or swap your beachside stay with the swamp for a day.
The park is home to 1,000 species of seed-bearing plants and 120 species of trees. Despite human and natural threats, the irrepressible flora continues to take over the wetlands; a year after hurricane Irma tore through the area, Everglades residents are proving just as resilient.
The creation of Everglades National Park transformed the area’s economy from fishing and hunting to tourism - at least 1 million people visit every year.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The park’s Shark Valley observation tower is out of sight; brackish water runs through the 607,000 hectares of protected land; Ranger Kimberly Oppen. The National Park Service has presided over the Everglades since 1947.
RIGHT Along the Tamiami Trail, a shack cleared of trees and fast-growing brush recalls a time when outlaws and bootleggers navigated the snaking waterways where hermits lived alongside alligators. ÀDROITE Sur la Tamiami Trail, une cabane dans une clairière déboisée et débroussée rappelle l’époque où hors-laloi et contrebandiers suivaient les sinueux cours d’eau où des ermites vivaient parmi les alligators.
ABOVE An employee fixes a truck outside the Rod & Gun Club, a historic Everglades City hotel and restaurant that reopened after being severely damaged during the 2017 hurricane. CI-DESSUS Un employé répare une camionnette devant le Rod & Gun Club, un hôtel-restaurant historique d’Everglades City qui a rouvert après avoir souffert lors de l’ouragan de 2017.