Life With Wee People: Do not feed the alligators... it's a felony...
Only a New Yorker would spend the entire time on a gorgeous nature walk in a fabulous sanctuary contemplating the stupidity of people feeding the alligators (LOL). I was completely distracted for two miles imagining all sorts of Saturday Night Live scenarios... Needless to say, the cartoons in my head had a field day with this. :-)
Knowing there were critters anticipating a possible meal kept my fight or flight switch flipped the entire time we were wondering about without a map. Ironically, it also resulted in my taking 181 photographs and film clips as I habitually zoomed in to scope out creepy sounds and interesting bends in the path. Every time something surfaced in the water I was capturing that puppy whether it be a black garbage bag, a bunch of turtles or an unidentified floating object...
I shall confess to making my children run away on a whim a few times I didn't like the sound of something while traveling down a narrow path. It was fun and slightly creepy so my hair standing up on the back of my neck mantra to the kids became, "Creepy sound, creepy sound, go-go-go! Run, run, run! Stay with Daddy!" Mike, bless his soul, would never question me. He'd start jogging, the kids would start runing and I would bring up the rear ready to stomp the crap out of anything that came near them. If Stephen was too slow, Mikey would give him a ride, which caused Stephen to want to run all the time (LOL).
If you take stress or heart medication, go sit yourself down on a scenic pier and enjoy a tranquil sunset. No hiking there for you sweetie pie. It is really quiet and we saw very few people. Once you start down the winding paths you have to finish your journey because if you try to back track after going too far in you may get lost. The directional signs are spaced out. We got lost near the exit sign and discovered a lovely picnic spot we wish we would have known about before we started (LOL).
Stay on the marked path. The marked path is your friend... There are unmarked paths there. True to form, the wee people kept wanting to go off the path to explore the jungle. Seems the paths without the signs were always more interesting to them.
Here is as sneak peek of the type of eye candy to come. I shall YouTube that puppy for you tomorrow so you can take a tour of Turkey Creek to see if you'd like to hike there. It's gorgeous and a wee bit creepy... :-)
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