Writer Annette Thompson has traveled to the Florida Everglades more than a dozen times. Here, mindful of the fragility of one of the South’s last wild places, she describes the things she treasures most.
One of my favorite places to spot alligators is the Anhinga Trail. As I walked along its pathway one winter’s day, I spied dozens of the fiercely beautiful creatures lying atop one another, sunbathing lazily. Contrary to what most people think, they’re usually docile and wary of humans--you don’t need to worry about being chased. If one does chase you, just remember that although they can move 20 mph, they don’t zigzag well.