4 Welcome to Everglades National Park. The Everglades is a watery plain covered with saw grass that’s home to numerous species of plants and wildlife. At one and a half million acres, it’s too big to see it all today, but this tour will offer you a good sampling. Our tour bus will stop first at Taylor Slough. This is a good place to start because it’s home to many of the plants and animals typically associated with the Everglades. You’ll see many exotic birds and, of course, our world famous alligators. Don’t worry, there’s a boardwalk that goes across the marsh, so you can look down at the animals in the water from a safe distance. The boardwalk is high enough to give you a great view of the saw grass prairie. From there we’ll head to some other marshy and even jungle like areas that feature wonderful tropical plant life. For those of you who’d like a closer view of the saw grass prairie, you might consider renting a canoe sometime during your visit here. However, don’t do this unless you have a very good sense of direction and can negotiate your way through tall grass. We’d hate to have to come looking for you. You have the good fortune of being here in the winter—the best time of year to visit. During the spring and summer, the mosquitoes will just about eat you alive! Right now they’re not so bothersome, but you’ll still want to use an insect repellent.
【生词摘录】 1. Everglades National Park: 大沼泽地国家公园 2. saw grass: 克拉莎草；加州砖子苗 3. acre: n. ［C］a unit for measuring area, equal to 4,047 square metres 英亩 4. sampling: n. items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population 取样，抽样，采样 5. exotic: adj. approving seeming unusual and exciting because of being connected with a foreign country 【褒义】异国风情的，外国情调的：exotic birds 外国的奇异鸟类 6. alligator: n. ［C］a large animal with a long mouth and sharp teeth that lies in the hot wet parts of the US and China 短吻鳄 7. boardwalk: n. ［C］AmE a raised path made of wood, usually built next to the sea【美】（常在海滨）用木板铺成的小道 8. prairie: n. ［C］a wide open area of land in North America which is covered in grass or wheat（北美洲的）大草原 9. canoe: n. ［C］a long light boat that is pointed at both ends and which you move along using a paddle 独木舟，小划子 10. negotiate: v. <口> 成功通过，顺利越过 11. mosquito: n. ［C］a small flying insect that sucks the blood of people and animals 蚊子 12. repellent: n. ［C,U］a substance that keeps insects away 驱虫剂