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Mostly Alligator Comments

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Several people commented on yesterday's blog about the alligators. Let me assure you I never felt threatened or in any danger. They were at a distance. The signs told us if one was on the trail, to turn around and I'm sure we would have. We did stop running and walked slowly single file around a mom, dad, and babe crane and another single crane that were in the path.

I am very reluctant to swim in lakes around here, though. Friends have tried to assure me that when a group of people are swimming, alligators don't attack, but I would not feel safe. I suspect if I ever decide to do a triathlon it will either have the swim portion in a pool or in the ocean.

Today Gwen and I went to the YMCA and played outside. Then I did 50 minutes of elliptical while she played with friends in the nursery. It was great to see Aquagirl and my friend Bertie there, too! Tomorrow I will run again. Life is good here, even as we wait for hubby's surgery. Hope life is good where you are, too!!


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BOOKAPHILE 5/28/2014 7:25PM

    I'm glad you can run without being threatened by alligators. I took a hike in the Olympic National Park rainforest, and was warned to be alert for bears and cougars. Fortunately, none showed up to disturb my delightful hike.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/28/2014 4:57PM

    I enjoyed seeing you too! I am glad Gary has been cleared for surgery.

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HARROWJET 5/28/2014 8:53AM


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MILLEDGE2 5/28/2014 6:44AM

    Agreed! emoticon

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EILEENV3 5/28/2014 5:03AM

    I agree re swimming in Florida lakes. There are a couple of springs where I would feel safe swimming (in groups).

I'm not crazy about alligators, snakes, or sharks but realized a long time ago, that if I let my fears rule me I would lose out on so much natural beauty. I think about all the beautiful spots in Florida I have seen from my kayak. Or the feel of the warm water of the Gulf in the summer time. Or the beautiful fish I snorkeled with in Hawaii.

I guess re danger, I have a possibility factor that governs where or when I go. Alligators & sharks are more active from dusk to dawn. It's not a good time to be on the water. Alligators prefer murky water to sneak up on their prey and don't like very cold water. It makes sense to stay away from males in mating season or mom's with babies. It's safer to be around gators in wild areas than urban areas. When alligators have been fed by people, it makes them more dangerous. They lose their fear of people & associate them with food.

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_LINDA 5/27/2014 11:52PM

    Its probably a good thing to run in a group for safety if nothing else. That was wonderful of the group to slow down and walk carefully by the cranes -how wonderful to see the young one!
Children know how to exercise the fun way!
Enjoy your run tomorrow!

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WATERMELLEN 5/27/2014 11:20PM

    Must say that the alligators even make me reluctant to play golf in Florida -- every water hazard appears to have a few, sure not going to attempt to retrieve any balls!! Apparently some alligators have been fed marshmallows and think golf balls are more of the same???

One condo we stayed at did not have a fence separating the pool from an adjacent lagoon with an alligator warning sign -- and we were told alligators had been seen in the pool itself. We did not stay at that condo again.

And we saw local police wrassling an alligator at a pioneer village into a truck; they had wrapped duct tape around its snout -- it had been lurking under a pioneer school building, came lurching out onto a board walk (where small kids had been running minutes earlier . . . far away from any water areas!!)

Do. Not. Like. Alligators.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/27/2014 10:38PM

    Way to go on your active and brave day! That would be frightening for some but it sounds like you have a good idea of what you're comfortable with and what you don't feel comfortable with.

Yay for fun at the YMCA! We are going tomorrow.

Have a lovely evening!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/27/2014 9:23PM

    Yes, totally agree about the alligators-no fear of them, really! I just love to see them out in a distance on the water. We have a couple trails we see them under elevated boardwalks. Most are more scared of us than we are of them. But, you wouldn't catch me walking along any bank of water or in the water in Florida!! With the numerous sharks we see in the gulf on our coast, you wouldn't catch me in the ocean either. Some gators can stand some of the brackish water too.
Good going on the run!! Very inspiring!!

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NATPLUMMER 5/27/2014 7:03PM


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FROSTY99 5/27/2014 6:54PM

    I am with you-no lake swimming for me. This morning when I was on my walk I could see a couple of gators in the lake so walked out on our dock to see them better. I know they are in there and I certainly do not want to become "breakfast". I was amazed at all the fish jumping all around them chasing bugs.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/27/2014 6:33PM


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MEXGAL1 5/27/2014 6:17PM

    you have a great attitude about alligators.....they won't run after you and attack
have a nice evening

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FOCUSONME57 5/27/2014 5:51PM

    Thanks for the update on the alligators. Sounds like a nice day at the Y with Gwen and SparkFriends.

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MARGARITTM 5/27/2014 5:22PM

    UMMMM I am all set with the reptiles that are bigger than me too!

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GABY1948 5/27/2014 4:49PM

    Life is good here too. My mom and dad lived in central FL for 15 years...and NO way would I swim in lakes....they told me of dogs that got eaten and that was enough for me! UGH

Glad you are cautious and will stay safe too! emoticon

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DOILIEQUEEN 5/27/2014 3:38PM

    Where I live in Colorado, people have to watch for bears, mountain lions and rattlesnakes when out walking in certain areas. Although they do come into town too. People just have to be careful. The animals were here first.

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JAMBABY0 5/27/2014 3:26PM

    My brother had a caiman alligator as a pet it lived in his room from the time it was a tiny baby, as it got bigger his pool got bigger and by the time he was full grown he lived in a very large syrup tub, still in my brothers room only it had full run of our house (his living quarters were always set up in a way he could get in out easily). My mother could feed it raw chicken out of her hand, my brother slept in the same room with it, and even though my parents and brother loved him I was terrified and so very glad no one went swimming with him.

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