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Post  Little Owl on Mon Apr 02 2012, 14:23



My husband and I liked to go kayaking. One day we loaded up and
headed toward Saddle Creek. I wonder why they named it Saddle
'Creek' as it is really a lake. We knew the lake fairly well as we had
done plenty of castnetting in years past.

What a gorgeous day it was. The sun was shining on our backs and
there was a cool breezing blowing across the water. Perfect day for
kayaking. Deciding to explore the back water, we headed off in that
direction. There were a lot of little fingers that led to dead ends. They
looked like good places to explore.

We had already paddled down several of these water paths when we
came upon a smaller one. The scenery we could see from our vantage
point promised to be beautiful as well as challenging. We could see
fallen trees lying across the water with tangled vines intertwined. We
would either have to find a way around the fallen trees or climb out onto
them and pull our kayaks across them. Always up for a challenge,
we started on our way with me in the lead.

As we went further in, we were encompassed by the shadowy canapy
above us. It was other-worldly. There was a quietness that was eerie
in its almost total lack of sound. All we could hear were the leaves
above rustling in the gentle breeze.

Almost upon the first fallen tree, I saw that we could skirt around on it's
right side. Lulled into a calmness so deep by the quietness of the place,
I almost jumped out of my skin, shocked when I heard this huge splash to
my left. At the same moment, there was a bellar so loud I felt my skin
crawl. What in the world had just happened!

Well, no time like the present to turn and see what the noise was all
about. And, what to my wondering eyes did appear? A 10 foot she-
gator with jaws wide open, hissing all the while, and staring right at me.
This was a predicament I have never been in before. As my mind
started to clear, I began to hear little chirping sounds. Looking around
for the sound, I could see why the she-gator was so upset. At most,
I could count fifteen new hatchlings.

Not wanting to upset her further or give her reason to climb over and
through the tree branches that had initially stopped her, I slowly paddled
past the tree to make her feel better. Now what!

I twisted my upper body around to see if my husband was coming to
rescue me. It was like he was frozen in place. Quietly whispering,
I implored him to come over to me, then we could paddle back together.
Misery loves company as well as a scared women facing an 11 foot
she-gator. Did I happen to mention what big teeth she had!

Do you want to know what my husband said? Well, I'll tell you anyway.
He said there was no need for both of us to go down. Someone had to
raise our kids. That is not what a woman wants to hear when being faced
with a mad momma gator, 12 feet long. ALRIGHT, I know she keeps
getting bigger as the story goes along but have you ever faced that kind
of situation, up close and personal with a mad alligator. She was huge!

I was so upset with my husband, the gator took a back seat in my mind.
All I was thinking about at this point was getting back over there to him
so I could tell him just what I thought about his reply.

There was no room to turn around so slowly I started back-paddling. I
don't think she was happy about that either. I was gambling on the fact
that the tree branches and tangled vines would be enough of a deterrant
to keep her from coming after me. It seemed to me an eternity had passed
but in actuality was but a few minutes and I was alongside my husband's kayak.

Don't ask me what I said to him. Actually, I don't quite remember myself. I
can tell you this, I didn't let him forget about it for years!

The moral of the story is this.... When kayaking in gator country, be the dutiful, submissive wife and let your husband take the lead. This way he becomes the 'gator bait'.

Footnote: This IS a true story. My husband and I are no longer married. No, it wasn't because of the gator incident. I hope you enjoyed my little tale. It is something I will never forget. Okay, I may have made my ex hubby look a little bad in this story. My apologies. I can't say I would have paddled forward to meet him either. After all, someone would need to raise the kids!


© 04-02-12 by Robin Williams




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Re: Gator Bait

Post  BC Williams on Mon Apr 02 2012, 16:01

I'm so glad you, he, and the children are all alive and well:-) He's tried to get me interested in the sport of kayaking that particular body of water. I'm not interested as I would like to keep all my limbs intact.

Folks:
*I'm NOT from Florida
*I don't like gators
*I'm used to clearer water, where the worst thing you'd see might be a water moc or a floating bobber!

Love you Robin, and loved hearing this story from your perspective!

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Re: Gator Bait

Post  jinettyx on Tue Apr 03 2012, 00:24

A brilliant and entertaining story Little Owl.....I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
Hilariously funny..glad you stayed alive to write about it! Haha!
There are too many dangerous animals in America for me so I'll stay safe and stay in England for a while longer..... deep thought
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Post  Lucie on Tue Apr 03 2012, 01:56

Fantastic story, Little owl, really enjoyed a good read.
I think i'dd love the challenge of living out there.. what more could make you feel more alive!
Thanks for sharing 13ft tale!!
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Post  RichieO on Tue Apr 03 2012, 03:31

Hey Little Owl, you be careful out there in the US of A and stay safe. That was a story to tell the grandkids. So keep all your limbs attached to body.
With your Sister, the talent for writing is kept in the family you have a flair for it. Very nice writing and will look out for more. I am glad that the Gator's we got in this country are in Zoo's. Glad to have you on board. Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven #1
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Post  Little Owl on Tue Apr 03 2012, 04:58

I am glad you enjoyed my little tale. Even though the gator squashed our fun for a bit, the trip as a whole was fantastic.
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Post  Fred West on Thu Apr 05 2012, 00:48

brilliant
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Post  Dori on Sun Apr 08 2012, 12:57

EXCELLENT writing Robin " Little Owl"

Yep, I seen a 15 ft she gator when I lived in Gaindville, Florida when I was 6 yrs old, I was outside playing when she came up in the back yard to lay her eggs (we lived near a swam back then), well being 6 not really knowing the diff between a gator and a HUGE lizard I ran in told mom and dad that there was a HUGE lizard in the back yard, dad took a look see; dad said that's not a HUGE lizard it's a gator, well being the tomboy that I was/am, I wanted to go out and pet her.
Of course mom and dad wouldn't let me, now that I'm older, I'm glad they didn't let me.

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Post  Little Owl on Wed Apr 11 2012, 06:31

That is just too cute. I am glad you are still around to tell the tale!

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Post  peewee on Wed Apr 11 2012, 20:35

BC Williams wrote:

Folks:
*I'm NOT from Florida
*I don't like gators
*I'm used to clearer water, where the worst thing you'd see might be a water moc or a floating bobber!

Ahh but it is warmer than where you were before, and the company is a lot better lol
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Post  BC Williams on Wed Apr 11 2012, 21:45

Touché Peter! Ain't it the truth . . .

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Post  Mr Williams on Thu Apr 19 2012, 09:26

We had fun Robin. I enjoyed your story!

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