Where Gators Lie in Wait
Everglades National Park
March 24, 2012
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So we left our Caribbean cruise, said goodbye
to Chocolate and the Epic, and rolled our bags
down the gangway and back onto American concrete. Our
cabbie took us out to the airport where we rented
a car and, after dropping our bags at the hotel,
drove it west to the Everglades.
There, in the sharp light of late afternoon,
in the sultry heat of a semi-tropical spring,
we learned that the Everglades are a dry river
this time of year, and never a swamp in any season.
Turns out to be a good time to spot alligators, since
there are fewer pools of standing water and they
tend to congregate there.
We saw plenty, and from only a few feet away. The
signs warn that they are quick and vicious prehistoric
predators. But that doesn't stop the birds from walking
boldly in their path.