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Flying south
Loop around Loop Road

There’s always lots to see …

On a flight over Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve.

We flew clockwise around Loop Road

On this trip south of Tamiami Trail, we see a swamp mirror (reflecting the clouds), the Pinecrest Chain of Hammocks, Gum Slough, Loop Road, Sweetwater Strand and Gator Hook Strand and Trail.

Life on the Tamiami
Why 40 + 8 = 50 when naming Fifty Mile Bend

About 8 miles west of Forty Mile Bend …

Is another curve in the road.

Tamiami Canal reverse flows at Fifty Mile Bend

Technically, doing the math, it should be called 48 Mile Bend.

But we round up in the Big Cypress Swamp.

Thus it is known as Fifty Mile Bend. Turns out it’s also a hydrologic divide, sending water at that point both west and east, and yes I’ve seen it with my own eyes (as documented in the video above). What a kind-hearted canal to feed water in equal doses to the Everglades and Big Cypress.

Next step: Convince the regional water managers to do the same.