Happy New Year and welcome back!
This is my second post about our trip to Florida over the holidays.
If you missed the first one you can see it here.
Today's post is about our visit to Myakka River State Park in Sarasota Florida.
When planning our trip this time I had kidded around about 'hunting gators' when we get down there. This state park was near one of our hotel locations and we arrived early the next morning to explore the park.
First let me tell you.... it is a bit creepy there. It is very overgrown and you can almost feel something is in the swampy trees looking at you. There are no fences and it is posted everywhere that there are gators in all the water.
When we arrived at the largest lake are we asked were the best place to spot wildlife
was and they directed us down a half mile trail. As we walked the girls
kept getting more and more spooked. I think my husband helped with that,
but he loves to scare us.
But it was narrow and the brush was right up to the path on both sides,
it did freak me out a bit.
Once we got there the platform was covered is Buzzards!
Yes, you see they wait till the alligators feed and get the leftovers...
so they were waiting for breakfast.
Within a few minutes we started to see gators.
These two were right across the bank from me eating something.
Silly me, I walked even closer to get a good shot...
the girls screamed....
But my husband and I walked along the bank,
the girls never left the platform.
I got this lovely shot on the walk back up the path.
Once we got back to the tourist area we signed up for the air boat ride.
It is the cheapest one I saw in the area, $12 per person and it lasted about an hour.
Of course I loved all the birds.
I could take pictures of them all day...
but we came to see the gators...
And we were not disappointed!
They said there were over 200 in this lake.
Hello there, you creep me out...
They were huge!
I was semi-okay when they were sunning themselves,
but when they started moving they did me in.
But the birds were lovely and it was pretty in a jungle sort of way.
Here is the gift shop and there were gators right up next to it.
But everyone picnicked and walked around like it was nothing.
The brave even kyacked in the water!
Not this Indiana girl... lol.
I'll stick to my backyard lake anyday!
I know what is in it!!
I know what is in it!!
Brooke Berry Kroeger writes at the Creative Country Mom blog. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She loves to talk about gardening and decorating and often lectures at local gardening education events and area organizations and clubs. Brooke has started doing freelance photography work, contact her for your business or family photography needs. She also provides social media training and services including graphic design work for other websites and area businesses.
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