Nov 9 -
We found them! We found the gators! All we had to do was believe!
They say that gators can be found in any waterway in Florida, but we think that's just to cover their asses.
We didn't see a roadside gator until we got South of Fort Myers, which is quite a ways down there. Most
people we know get as far as Orlando and that's good enough for them.
They refer to the last leg of I-75 as Alligator Alley, since it goes straight through the Everglades.
The truth is, once we got onto the I-75, that's when we stopped seeing gators. The real wildlife can be found
on the little grey highways and unpaved roads to the North.
Yuppers. We could have headed straight down the 41 to the 75 and not seen a darn thing. Luckily, our adventurous
spirit kicked in and we took a hard left onto the 29 to the 827 to the 833 to the 8759437, etc. As the numbers
got bigger, so did the gators.
First: Fort Myers
Biggest: 8 Feet
Blue Cranes: Tons
Turkey Vultures: Loads
And we may have seen a black panther, but we're not sure. It ran across the road in front of the jeep, and to be frank,
it looked like that thing Sigourney Weaver turned into at the end of Ghostbusters.
We ended up heading straight through the wildlife reserve and an Indian reservation. It was a nice sunny day,
the perfect day for a gator to get a nice scaly tan and raise the blood temperature a little bit, so there were
plenty to spot.
But we saw big gators, little gators, happy gators, sad gators, skinny gators, fat gators, sneaky gators and
lazy gators. It was definitely the gatorest day we've had this whole trip.
The first gator was definitely the best gator. He was a goofy lookin' little devil, running like mad up the
side of the road. I think he was chasing cars. I screamed, "GATOR!" and the car screeched to a halt. We
both dove out of the car with the camera on, but he was already slinking back into the cool, clear water next
to the sewage pipe. Ah, to be a lizard.
Sweet! Bruce has one of those great South Florida apartments with palm trees and a pond and a pool and lots of sunshine.
Maybe we'll stay a few days.
|Lunch: ||In the Jeep|
Somewhere in the Everglades
|K's Order:||Red Snapper|
|A's Order:||Penne Ala Vodka|
|B's Order:||Baked Ziti|