Saturday, April 10, 2010

Close Encounters

This morning myself and two co-workers went to a local park.  It is only about a 1/4 of a mile down from the hotel.  We walked and it was such a nice park.  And it was so good to get out of the "city" and into some country. 
In the park, they have paddle boats.  We decided it would be fun to go out on one so off we went.  
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We saw several turtles.  This one was really posing for me.
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But then, we came across this!

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Are you kiddin' me?!  There is an alligator in the paddle boat area.  At this time, I'm thinkin' there's not but about 6 inches of boat between me and the water.  This was the closest I've ever been to an alligator.  And I can tell ya, don't really want to get close again.

We asked the park people about it.  They said as long as you didn't bother it, it wouldn't bother you.  Really!  That's all you can tell me.  We were really surprised they don't move it due to liability issues.  Guess it's no big deal to SC peeps.

25 comments:

Dee said...

AWWWKKKKK!!! A lizard on steroids! They are taking over the freakin world!

Goodwife said...

Good gracious! Wow...........that is just too totally bizarre........what if he's in a bad mood that day.....or really hungry?

Linda said...

Good Lord! I would have been walking on water to get away from that! Glad you found some country to relax in:)

Teresa said...

yikes I would've ran to the hills or paddled which ever was easier!

fernvalley01 said...

I woulda been paddleing quick the other way! Great photos

texasnascarcowgirl said...

that would have been so COOL!!!! You lucky girl you.

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

That is a big gator! -- But a paddle boat? It was an interesting outing...

Have a comfy relaxing weekend --

retriever farm said...

I've been close to gators down in FL and let me tell you it's not something I enjoy at all. Be safe and enjoy your trip.

Kellys said...

Is Diane there with you?? Did she tear the place up trying to get away from it???

Nancy said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my - I'm surprised they did not post something - that just makes my stomach do a back flip - I couldn't imagine!

Cowgirl Goods said...

HOLY $$$$HIT!

Shirley said...

What? Y'all didn't hand around to be gator bait? Bet you can't wait to get back to Texas.

Lil Mama said...

Yikes! Thats my mom's worst nightmare.

K. T. Sparks said...

Holy Cow I would have had a heart attack!

Gail said...

Did the paddle boat speed increase after this siting?

Pony Girl said...

I probably would have had an anxiety attack and tipped the paddle boat over in my attempt to escape!
Can't believe they allow paddle boats near that....can't children go out on paddle boats with an adult? What if a child fell in? Sheesh.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

OH BOY HOWDY!!! I'd of had a heart attack!! That is insane! Definitely not a creature I want to be close to!!

Tammy said...

WTH?? Yeah, a 30 year old woman may not mess with it, but what about sassy 15 year old boys.... I am thinking liability issues with a capital L!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Oh BOY!!!


Wow, ah I think that I would be the one doing some quick back paddling.

Jen

Vaquerogirl said...

Holy COW!!! I Hate GATORS!!!
Just lookin' at that thing is giving me the willieys! OK_ Just one more state on my list of places never to go because of GATORS!!!

Faithful said...

Shoot..Kit! I bet those SC peeps wouldn't be so calm in a pen with one of your bulls. Everyone gets alittle at ease around what they are used to. He..He! We see rattlesnakes around here!

missy said...

YIKES!!!!!! did you get out of there as fast as you could!?!?!?!?

CTG Ponies said...

Ok, the alligator would completely freak me out too!

Weekend Cowgirl said...

No way do I want to be on paddle boat in lake with alligators! No way, Never. Nada...

teamroper said...

Okay, that would have scared the crap out of me!!