To start, we visited the good ol' Lowry Zoo. Riggs and I go to the zoo fairly often, and he enjoyed taking Grandma and Grandpa there, although it was on a chilly day. Good think Grandma brought a beanie with her for Riggs...
We then DID the Everglades. I mean, we went to most parts of this huge, gigantic National Park. The first stop was Shark Valley where we took a tram on an old service road on like a 2 hour loop of the glades. There are gators EVERYWHERE. Everywhere.
Hanging with the gators on the service road.
Our next stop was the Anhinga Trail, which is at the southeast entrance of the park. Let me tell you, there are definitely alligators in the Everglades. And 10 million other types of animals
Thankfully, most of this trail was built up on a boardwalk type of thing...a little protection I suppose. And provided a beautiful view.
Oh, and excuse my awkward chubbiness. This was at that point in the pregnancy where people wonder if you're letting yourself go or having another kid. I really do love that stage....
Then as we made the trek back around the border of the glades, we hit up an airboat ride. It was very loud. Riggs didn't use his ear plugs.
Lastly, we stopped in Everglades City for our final park destination. This is a TINY town. But charming. We stayed at the Ivy House, which was very charming as well.
Riggs felt right at home at the Ivy House. Either that or he was totally exhausted from never sleeping due to all the snoring that went on at the various hotels.
It was New Year's Eve the night we were in Everglades City, so we hit up a town hot spot. I've forgotten what it was called, but Trevor ate fried gator and frog legs. Let's just say...chewy. The key lime pie was great though, and the bar next door got Riggs to come check out the stuffed gator.
I have to give a quick shout out to Yoder's while I'm posting. This is an Amish restaraunt that was featured on Man vs. Food, so we stopped by. I had the best home-made onion rings EVER. And their home-made pies - to die for. I believe both Trevor and Dad had meatloaf, figures.
Finally, we hit-up an electrical plant on the gulf where all the manatees and other rays, sharks, etc. gather during the winter months because the water stays at a higher temp. Random, but interesting.
Riggs needing another break.
Grandma trying to give this boy some music lessons.