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Hell's Bay Chickee, Everglades National Park. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM, HDR, f/4, iso 3200, handheld.
While watching this month's picture, imagine the absence of sounds other then the lapping of water, our canoe softly hitting the wood and the wind rustling the fabric of our tent. Mangroves line the shores all around us and other humans are nowhere to be seen. For a few km in all directions we are truly alone. We cook our dinner and prepare to escape to our tent before the no-see-ums and mosquitoes get too active. Welcome to Hell's Bay Chickee in Everglades National Park!

Chickee means 'house' in the languages of the Seminole and Miccosukee native Americans. In this 6100 km2 large National Park they are provided as elevated camping platforms, offering visitors great opportunities for wilderness camping. For a relative small fee you can obtain a backcountry permit.

The next morning brought a new adventure as my travel mate 'A Vagabond and A Gentleman' and myself had to brave 20 knot winds (37km/h) with our 16 feet (4,87m) inflatable canoe in order to get back. Overall we had a great experience and I would love to return and do the 99-mile long Everglades Wilderness Waterway.

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Monthly pic January 2015