We recently took our two girls (9 and 14) on this two hour tour. Captain Greg Brown met us at the Four Corners Truck Stop and we followed him in his pickup for a short 5 minute ride to the site where the airboat was waiting for us. We were then we turned over to Captain John, who proceeded to give us a two hour tour that was way beyond what we ever thought it would be. Captain John stopped every few minutes to point out a particular type of grass, to explain the history and makeup of the Everglades, to show us how certain foliage can be made into bandages, or to show certain beautiful flora and birds. We stopped at several islands that had open ponds with many types of birds. The highlight of course was the gators, of which we saw at least 6 and had a very close encounter with one (he put his head up on the side of our boat! picture enclosed - no zoom!). This overall tour was something we will never forget and one that will stay with us for a long time. It also makes one sad to realize how much beauty has already been destroyed and how precious what remains is. The smells are fresh and amazing and beautiful - as Capt John pointed out, the Everglades is not a swamp it is a river that runs roughly one mile per day, so there is moving water with none of the odor one would associate with swamp. The only concern I had is that this was an all cash deal, which is pretty rare these days. If Captain Greg can get online booking working with cards, I suspect that the credibility factor would increase significantly and make this wonderful experience something that more people would be able to do. Hopefully this is the next step. If you are looking for an off the beaten path experience, this is it!!!
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