Friday, October 28, 2011

a bask of gators, a herd of bison, and bunch of good friends

Today we went to find some alligators with our friends Zane and Annie (if you look close, there are even gators on her skirt). It was a gorgeous, warm morning with a little fog and a lot to see. We walked on a boardwalk out to this overlook.


You can't see the alligators in this picture very much, but this small lake had a dozen of them floating around under water, and a dozen laying on the shore by the bushes. We decided to not dip our feet in the water.

We thought this was a miniature bat hanging on a sign, but we decided it's some kind of a chrysalis.

The kids looked too much like alligators here, so I didn't feed them.

This guy was hiding down the hill below the Do Not Feed sign. I'm not sure what he's been eating, but he's HUGE. probably six feet, and fat. The ones near our house are only about 2-3 feet long.

Lovely day to walk through the prairie. Poor little Annie got left behind by the big kids.

This is the end of the trail. You can climb up and see an amazing view But it was pretty :)

These bison kept getting closer and closer to us. And they were jumping all over each other once in a while. Annie kept saying, "I've got a bad feeling about this." Luckily, we didn't have our own running of the bulls. I don't think we could have run very fast while keeping an eye out for alligators at the same time :)

We saw gators, bison, fuzzy caterpillars, a chrysalis that looked like a bat, jumping spiders, a baby snake, Kudzu (which we learned Ethan is allergic to), and a grasshopper. It was an exciting day in The Swamp!

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