We drove 2 hours to the Everglades. Then, we rode our bikes another 2 hours to reach the Shark Valley tower. It was well worth the journey to see the amazing sunset over the Everglades. The sounds of the birds, frogs, and alligators were as amazing as the view. As the sun was setting in the West, the full moon was rising in the East.
As I was walking down the tower trail in the dark with no flashlight, an alligator thrashed in the water nearby with a thundering smack. I suspect it was going after some prey, but it scared me nearly to death.