Confession: I love DisneyWorld and all the kitschy madness that surrounds it. But on this trip I intentionally focused on places that I didn't know as well, or at all. Most of my journey was influenced by the book I was reading, Swamplandia! A tale that takes place in the Everglades, as seen through the eyes of its 13 year old heroine. Her stories of tourist traps, alligator wrestling and swamp people led me to her homeland to hunt down some of the folks who may have inspired the characters in the book. I sought out Swamp Guides for backwater airboat tours and interviewed alligator wrestlers about how they got started and what inspires them to get in the ring everyday. I spoke to locals about what it was like to live in the Everglades (the answer, it really just is the life they are used to.) It was such an amazing adventure to be able to see and understand a small part of the world through someone else's lens.