Trip Start Mar 07, 2011
42Trip End Jul 13, 2011
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Our first encounter with an Alligator came only a few minutes in, snarling nostrils and piercing eyes, the noise they made was so distinctive, you could always hear them before seeing them. We bravely paddled past the beast. Further down the river were harmless turtles, birds and fish. In all honesty the most offensive creatures on the river were the rednecks in their pickup trucks and confederate flag swimming costumes
We set up dock by turning off the river into somewhat of a cove, called "Big Blue". This was the springhead of the river, and went down almost a 100ft, what was more amazing was that you could see right to the bottom as it was crystal clear. This wasn't the 'gators favourite habbitat and we were reassured swimming and snorkeling would be fine. I did however see some monstrous fish and hovered above a baby Alligator, which with for lack of a better word, was quite cute!
We had planned on a night out, but the exhaustion from paddling and the 36 degree heat meant that talk of a night on the town was dissmissed pretty fast. We settled for watching Jurasic Park and nursing our sunburn.