The parade is an annual tradition in Naples, FL. Held every fall, it serves as a local reminder that good outdoor weather (after the stormy summer stretch) has finally arrived. (Caveat: we’re still waiting for it this year.) Of course it’s not riding a swamp buggy on asphalt, but getting it tire deep in water out in the woods that that has local hunters and outdoorsman and women moving into high gear.
Or in other words, time to get the buggy out of the garage!
And its circumference is 300 feet less a quarter mile, that sounds more like a pond. But if you consider that its open pool is five times deeper than Lake Okeechobee’s 20-ft depth, and – here’s the icing on the cake – that it isn’t enclosed by a 35-ft tall levee, thus allowing its waters to naturally overflow into the swamp.
That’s what makes Stuck Inside of Oasis (with the Cypress Blues Again) the perfect campfire song. It’s not sung brilliantly, even if the video of Oasis that accompanies the song was shot in broad daylight (with growing cumulus clouds in the background). And I mess up quite a few lyrics and chords – also typical of campfire fair.
The song was written and first sung as a farewell song to a long-time ranger that spent many a long day welcoming and talking to visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve.
More recently I put the song to video, and in listening back I now see it in a much different light. As much as a farewell song to a good friend, it’s as an ode to a rather odd but endearing building called Oasis located in the middle of the swamp.
To me it’s nothing less than a hotspot of the universe.
Seeing water flow in a new culvert is as relaxing as watching a sunset, don’t you think?
The regular rains and this new culvert.
It’s one of five that Big Cypress National Preserve teamed up with Collier County, the South Florida National Parks Trust and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation’s Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement (AHREs, pronounced “Aries”) program to put in along the three mile long Upper Wagon Wheel Road .