Heading Out

We are headed to Florida tomorrow for a quick vacation! We have very simple plans...lots of R&R, dine out, see the pink hotel, walk on the beach, and swim with the manatees. At least I think I'm doing that last one. Truth be told, I have a dreadful fear of alligators. I don't like heights. And I don't like alligators. Part of me is giving myself permission to chicken out...even at the last moment. And the other part of me is giving myself one of those pep talks about confronting your fears and doing hard things.

I read these tips tonight:

"The Florida Wildlife Commission offered these tips for reducing the likelihood of a gator attack:

- Never feed an alligator. It's illegal and causes alligators to overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food.

- Keep your distance if you see one. Alligators may look lethargic but can move quickly.

- Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn.

- Keep pets away from the water (at least 10 feet from the water's edge)."

And I may have just read all those recommendations to everyone else. Just so everyone is thinking about this. I think I'll be watching alligators constantly. Wish me luck!


  1. Have a great trip! We've seen the manatees (100's of them) at Blue Spring State Park during their spring run on the St. John's river. We're going to Florida a little later this year though. Andrea


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