Monday, February 20, 2006

The Everglades!


First, a disclaimer: the picture of monster-gator was not taken by us! That's the picture that was in circulation in email-forwards after the hurricane - according to some Reliable Source that gator was swimming around New Orleans after the storm. Anyway, because of this picture, we decided to stay away from the Everglades for a while - who knows what was out there???

Then it turned out that gator is actually in the Congo, not in Florida, which somehow made us feel safe heading out into the swamp. So, today we did!!! We went on a 5.5 mile trail, where we saw 10 gators! The part you see in the picture is an inlet in what they call a "wet prairie," but the farther you go out, the more swampish it gets. We saw the sword-reeds which are serrated and kind of clang together, and swamp ash, and all kinds of animals like herons, ibises, turtles, snakes, snails, fish, ducks, and of course the forementioned gators.

Matt even touched one!!! In retrospect we decided it was very crazy, maybe a fever-induced decision from the hot baking sun, I don't know. But he reached out his hand and touched a little baby gator, who I think was playing dead until that moment. Did he ever bolt then!!! We tried to stay away from the big ones, which is kind of hard given how narrow the trail is. It's so creepy when they slink under water and you don't know where they've gone! Anyway, we made it back in one piece and are really excited to go back!

14 comments:

Mr. McFall said...

I think I'm more scared of those stinky toes than the alligator!!! Not really...what a fun day for you. I hope that Matt apreciated you rowing 5.5 miles while he rested :-)!

mark and monsita! said...

Did Matt count all of his finger? It sounds kind of WILD out there! I'm sure will be doing that when we get there........maybe.

The Goodfellas said...

he sure did appreciate it!!! ;-) no, i felt like a queen of the nile, leaned back with my feet up and gliding through the water!!! (i did row maybe half at least..!!)

ps. yeah, we should definitely go! it's so beautiful!!!

kelly said...

crazzzzzzzzzzy!!!!

The Goodfellas said...

you guys wanna come with next time???????? :-)

grubedoo said...

You should have captured a scaly baby brother for Fyodor.

kelly said...

fernando doesn't like alligators..... and, truthfully, i think it would terrify me too!!!!! close enough to touch????? that's insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mr. goodman said...

I tried to! But the little guy was slick and slippery, and he got away. They are really fast!

Did you happen to hear about the snake that swallowed an alligator? It sounds like a set-up for a really stupid joke, but it's true. It just happened a couple months ago. Someone's pet python was released into the wild, and grew large enough to consume an alligator! And it did! But then it exploded! I'm not sure who discovered this, or how, but evidently it is true. It was all over the news down here!

kelly said...

i even saw the picture!!!!!!!! it's online!

The Goodfellas said...

for real??? post a link!!! :-)

Mr. McFall said...

mapache...do you know how many pictures i have of my feet in different places? i'm sure that you're my daughter and that you weren't adopted!!!

The Goodfellas said...

HA! i hope you're sure!!! ;-D

ps. i do too!!!!!!

Crocodile Dundee said...

Snake eats alligator - - & then splits.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals
/snakegator.asp

The Goodfellas said...

ewwwwwwwwwww! oh no! i had never seen the picture!!!!!!!!

that happened when i was teaching 5th grade, and we were doing a little current events thing, and one kid (de'vonte) shared that story, and i was like, "oh wow. okay, thank you" 'cause i totally thought he was making it up or was very confused! talk about an underreaction!!!