What an adventure!
Last time we were here- about 4 years ago it was not looking so good.
They seemed to have made some improvements since then!
They gave us a deal on an airboat ride - so we couldn't say no!
We saw quite a few alligators!
This is a male alligator- which was evident due to his large size.
We drove though grass and mud- the children were so surprised that the boat could do that!
Our guide said that by next month this area would have no water and they could not drive through it- it is due to the season- a dryer time of year.
The mangrove trees are called walking trees- in some parts they are taking over the everglades.
Although they stop erosion(which is good) they are now changes the eco system of the everglades(which is bad).
This was supposed to be a rainy day so we decided to take an adventure.
It was our lucky day - no rain just lots of fun!
There were smiles on their faces the whole time!
Especially when we went fast!
And here is a female alligator- I am not sure if she is smiling at us or not so happy to see us?
maybe she is very happy to see us and is thinking about LUNCH!
Then it was on to the exhibits...
Interesting but kind of sad.
The children were excited to learn about alligators and crocodiles and the differences between them!
This is not something we get to see in MN.
Poor kitty- had a hard time getting comfortable!
I think she was laying on the fan???
Beautiful but should be running free...
Baby alligators- the children commented on the fact that they would most likely win the quite contest and the "you can't move" contest!
I think they are right!
I think they are right!
And now I would like to apologize to you!
This just happens to be the beginning of a looonnngggg line of pics!
You see those that have been here before really talked up the time that they held a baby alligator.
Soooo now everyone got to hold an alligator except Emma- who chose not too!
The only smart one of the bunch!
Thank you for your patience!
There were ALL so thrilled to get their chance to hold Wally.
they each needed several pics to document the experience!
(I'm guessin I never have to come back here again!)
Okay, JK! I have been here 3-4 times already so what's another 3-4 right!
Then of course we all had to touch Wally (the baby alligator) one more time!
Okay, maybe two, three, four more times!
Thank you Wally for being such a good sport!