I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Good Day for Gators
Florida is known for it’s Alligators, but
many people who visit the state only get to see them behind bars or fences.
Today we went to Circle B Bar Reserve, and got to see LOTS of gators in their
natural surroundings – and we did not get eaten.
The Circle B Bar Reserve is a 1200 acre
game preserve that used to be a cattle ranch, but has been allowed to return to
it’s natural Florida swampland habitat. The reserve is famous for its bird life
and alligators. We were taken here on a previous visit to Lakeland and
thoroughly enjoyed it, so decided to go again. Last time
we saw an alligator in
the lake and one other sunning itself on the shore. This time we probably saw
over 15, including one Huge one. There is a raised trail running beside the
lake with a swamp on the other side, and all except the one really big gator
were in the swamp, but you could easily see the paths they used to cross the
trail from the lake to the swamp. Most of them were hard to see, as they were
covered with the green weed covering the swamp water, but once you focused on
one, you knew what to look for and it became easier to pick them out. These
alligators are really in their natural habitat and there is nothing separating
you and them. Signs warn you to give animals the right of way, and I watched a
video of one large alligator crossing the trail I had just walked
A BIG Ol' Gator!
Fortunately most looked pretty well fed and lazy in the heat of the day, so we
did not actually run into any unfriendly gators.
Although observing the gators in their
natural habitat was the highlight of the walk, the reserve is well known for
it’s amazing bird life, but finding rare birds is easy – you just find one of
the devoted “Birders” on the trails and sight down their massive camera lens
pointed at the birds. They are always more than happy to explain all about
their particular photographic prey.