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By Joyce Huber

This advisor is a part of a chain concentrating on open air actions resembling mountaineering, cycling, mountain climbing, horseback using, downhill skiiing, parasailing, backpacking, waterskiing and scuba diving. old and different historical past info is supplied, in addition to entire trip info.

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On the ocean reefs, replenishment reserves are being set up to protect and enhance the spawning, nursery or permanent resident areas of fish and other marine life. Some areas restrict fishing and allow diving, but will be "no-take" areas. Prime areas are shallow, heavily used reefs where conflicts occur between different user groups. Special use areas may be established for education, science, restoration, monitoring or research. Currently four areas are being considered: Conch Reef off Tavernier, Looe Key off Big Pine Key, Pelican Shoals and Tennessee Reef off Long Key.

But, come the dry period from mid-November through mid-March, the clouds of bugs diminish, as sloughs and Page 18 Snowy egrets browse the Corkscrew Swamp's Wet Prairie. trails transform into a welcoming environment for hikers, bird watchers, canoers, and fresh-water fishermen. Alligators and wading birds become easier to spot as they move to deep watering holes near the trails. Impenetrable mangrove islands, known as the Ten Thousand Islands, web the entire western Gulf shoreline. Between the islands and the mainland exists a flat river, the Wilderness Waterway.

Scuba divers visiting the Keys between December and March will find a shortie or lightweight wet suit appropriate. Water temperatures drop to the 70's. Winter snorkelers will be most comfortable with a lycra wetskin or light wet suit. In the Everglades long pants and long-sleeved shirts offer protection from bug bites. Bring sunglasses and a hat that will shade your face. Gear See individual adventure chapters for details. If you are joining a special interest tour group, avoid mix-ups by labeling all you bring.

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