The boat tour of the swamp provided just enough experience to know the alligators were not going to leave their sunny banks to come charging at intruding watercraft. A double kayak was rented! It all seemed easy enough, but getting the backpack, cushions & our bottoms in the seats was a bit rocky! Especially, with Sophie, the resident canal alligator lounging ten feet away. A few seconds of panic swept in, but I relaxed some after opening the life jacket a bit.
Edward settled right into his role as porter, paddler, & guide. As always, we took the “path less traveled” & had that entire section of the swamp/river to ourselves. We might as well have been the last or first humans on the planet. Unbelievably quiet, not even many bird calls. An amazing time floating through the wildness.
Alligators are the top predator here. They are ridiculously abundant; it is a wonder other species’ young can survive. We seemed to see one every fifty feet. It was most disconcerting, to watch several of the prehistoric beasts slip into the water & swim our way. Some of the gators are almost as large as the kayak & a lot stronger. Edward nicely steered to the opposite bank to keep his passenger happy. Another world experience for sure. I kept thinking a dinosaur could walk into view any moment.
The skies are incredibly dark here. It would be fun to have Edward’s telescope. We ditched the flashlight & did a little star gazing while walking Maggie last night. The night was so black that we could not see each other or Maggie!