This weekend we went on a 4.5-hour hike in Big Cypress National Preserve, which is about halfway between Miami and Naples. Although the trail is usually dry in the winter, it turned out to be flooded this time because of recent rains. So, we ended up hiking in water the whole time, and sometimes the water was up to our knees! Needless to say, we had a blast. The waterlogged forest was so beautiful and quiet, and was full of wildflowers. We saw a few birds, but no other wildlife. Our guide told us that they never see alligators because the noise of a group scares them away (thankfully!). After several hours on the trail, we stopped for a picnic lunch in a grassy area that was little drier. While everone else ate sandwiches, we enjoyed some homemade beef empanadas that Esteban’s mom made and froze for us at Christmastime. So yummy! We love exploring all the amazing natural areas in South Florida, and this watery hike really felt like a unique experience. Can’t wait until the next adventure!