Going north, we will be crossing grassy fields with cows and horses among canals, marshes and ponds with lots of alligators. This section of the Big Cypress National Preserve houses among its inhabitants almost all exponents of the Floridian flora and fauna. Around the vast forests of cypress swamps and elsewhere, apart from the fearsome alligators, black bears and Florida panthers have their ideal habitat here. Countless species of endemic orchids and many birds are struggling each day to reclaim the space that for years was taken away from them by man.
Six miles and a half since we started our journey, we will enter the reservation of the Seminole tribe of Florida. After the last turn left at the Snake Rd, our road will turn west and we’ll arrive in Hendry County. Currently we will have done about ten miles and a third of the way.
The Seminole Tribe of Indians of Florida is a nation of Native Americans originated in the seventeenth century in the state of Florida, although the largest bloc currently lives in Oklahoma.
There is currently a population of 18,000 Seminoles, some of whom speak the languages Mikasuki and others Muskogee or Creek. The main religions they profess are Protestantism and Catholicism, highly syncretized with traditional beliefs.
Continuing our journey, we arrive at the government house of the reservation. Right in front is the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum (translated as "place of learning") and West Boundary Road, through which we’ll go left. Then, we will be surrounded by huge fields with characteristic Hammocks or tree islands scattered across the horizon. Here we’ll find the Big Cypress Cemetery. In just three miles we will have gotten to the Gator Tail Trail, which is the entrance to the Billie Swamp Safari, one of the greatest tourist attractions of the site, where we can enjoy shows like wrestling with alligators. If we keep going for about 850 yards to the right, we will have completed the first 22 miles of our trip. Finally, we must return again to the I-75.