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Preparing for travel

sunsetThe outdoors in south Florida brings challenges: sun, heat, and biting insects. There is a reason that we are called the Sunshine State, so sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are a must. Our seasons are not like they are up north – we have a wet season and a dry season. Dry season is from November through May, and wet season lasts from June to October.

The summer months also bring the heat and humidity, but at the same time, the summer months are some of the lusher and more dramatic times in the Glades (especially for photography). Many people miss a beautiful time in the Everglades because the heat and insects keep them away. There have been times during the summer when it seemed as though I was the only one in the park!

So how do you beat the heat? Drink plenty of water, wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothes, wear a hat, minimize strenuous activities during the midday hours, and carry a spray bottle or a personal fan. There is a saying in the north that “cotton kills.” The reason for this is that cotton absorbs and holds moisture, which is not good in the cold. In the south, “cotton cools.” The cotton absorbs the moisture, which then evaporates and creates a cooling effect.

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