Loop Road Childhood
by Hollye Priest
I used to live on loop road when I was a kid in the Everglades in 1977.
When I was about 6 or 7 we lived on the loop road in an old hunting camp. (I am now 41).. I went to school 40 miles away with the Miccosukee Indians.
I remember The Gator Hook, my mother used to sing there. I remember Ervin Rouse (who wrote the Orange Blossom Special), he used to kiss my hand when he saw me. I remember Pinecrest Bar. I have pictures that are so funny.
You can look at me now and never believe I was the barefooted cute little dirty looking girl in the pics. We played at an old abandoned place it was so weird with an old cash register and bar in it. It was right down the street from our house.
We would swim at the gator landing, where the airboats put in at. Wow would never do that now. There were these naked Indians right when you would go on the loop. They even had teepees. My brothers and I would always look for them when we went by because it was so freaky.
Lots of gator hunting, fishing, frog leggin, airboat riding and bare feet. :)