I have to wonder if the gator in the feature photo looks so amused because he startled me when I glanced to my right and saw him there, only 30 feet or so away. We were on what I’ll have to call the far side of Circle B, heading for the Eagle Roost, though we never saw an eagle nest. There were no other people around, just the trail with water on both sides. Even the oak trees were missing. Somehow seeing this gator in this setting felt more alarming to me. And I was quite sure that he would have no trouble outrunning my electric tricycle with a top speed of 12 mph, if he wanted to. But he just stayed put, looking smug. Having the trike and scooter meant that we covered a lot of trails at Circle B that we hadn’t seen before. And I pedaled almost the whole way, which is what I promised myself when I got the trike. Of course we hoped to see the more elusive wildlife that people seem to see when they visit. I think our timing was off, we need to visit earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. The most abundant wildlife we saw while we were there were the bus loads of students on a field trip. With their clipboards and assignment sheets to fill out they were a lively bunch. I wonder if they had as much fun as we did.
I wonder how many photo ops we missed since we had to watch the trail for roots, not to mention walkers and photographers. But it was a fun way to spend yet another beautiful Florida day.