There is way more in the Everglades than the WW or the Gulf. There are some seven hundred miles of canoe routes.
Most of us that have done more than one trip ( I have done seven) are off exploring some lesser known routes and rarely travel the Wilderness Waterway. Except for the WW, nothing is marked and going on what is called the Paddlers Waterway calls for strong navigational skill.
I chuckle that you got good weather for the big shallow bays. Often those are worse for waves than the Gulf!
So I hope you go back for more exploring. BTW the ground sites almost all were originally Calusa shell mounds. Homesteaders then pushed the Calusa out.