My husband came home from work today and took me in search of alligators. Believe it or not, my entire 45 years in the alligator capital of EVERYWHERE and I have never seen an alligator. On the University of Florida campus there is a lake/pond, lake Alice, that is known for alligators. There is also a prairie near by that has a long walkway where you can look out at all of the alligators. Paynes prairie. I rode my scooter and roughed it down to lake Alice. For a “Florida Gator” campus I was a little disappointed that it was not wheelchair accessible. Had to drive through dirt over roots. But, I drove my scooter down a very long walk way over the prairie too and that was accessible but bumpy. My arms vibrated so much down the wooden walkway that my husband had to steer my scooter. We were out for two hours. We even drove to the top of a parking garage on campus so that I could take a picture of the sunset. He is so accommodating to my “Let’s go here! Oh wait, stop there! Oh wait, go up there!”
Lake Alice has orange water because of the cypress trees. I love cypress trees. I hate orange water. The lake I grew up on had crystal clear water. The other lakes in the area are full of cypress trees so the water is orange and you can’t see to the bottom of the lake or the hand in front of your face. I realized looking at lake Alice that I would have never been happy with an orange water lake. The peace I got from our lake was swimming in that crystal clear water watching my hands and my hair in front of me.
I like to end a day on a good note. Today I could not. I walked to get close to the water and I guess I over did it. When I got home my legs were in excruciating pain and I cannot move them. I have a flare up of Lyme disease too and so my joints are swollen and painful. It is not a good way to end the day unable to move. It is a helpless, scary, very scary feeling. So, I thought I would write this blog and try to end my day on as positive note as I can by posting the pictures I took on our search for alligators:
Oh and by the way…we found no alligators!!!
This is the cypress tree. All over the ground are “knees”. Cypress knees that stick up all over the ground around the cypress tree. I am unsure of their purpose.
You can see the orange water. Blah! There are signs everywhere about DANGER ALLIGATORS! And I saw NONE. I mean this place is known for alligators! If you google videos on lake Alice in Florida you will see them. But alas, it was not meant to be. Truth be told I am petrified of alligators. I have no idea why I wanted a picture of one! Oh and none of these photos are filtered. I don’t know how to filter but one day I will work on brightening and such. Until then, what you see is what I see!!
This is the bridge we walked out/ scootered out on Paynes prairie. You can google Paynes Prairie too! There are interesting things about its location. It doesn’t even look real. The clouds over the prairie. All of the green is just…weeds? We had no idea but it was all water under the bridge. Ha ha ha. Water under the bridge. There was a sign here that said feeding the alligators is a $500 fine. Hmm. Parking in a disabled spot if you aren’t disabled is only $250. The things I ponder.
But to truly end on a good note I have to end with these birds. There were 10 swallow tail kites flying over us at lake Alice. I have never seen more than two. Their tail is split in half. They are beautiful to watch. They are black and white. I truly love black and white.
Before we left on our search for alligators, I looked out our window and there was a hawk on my fence post outside the kitchen. He was amazing! He let me walk right up to him and he made a little noise at me. My husband reminded me that even though we did not find alligators it was the adventure that counted! So, I have never been that near a hawk before and I took a quick picture as he fluffled up his wings. I end this on the most positive note I can: birds.