After mass and grocery shopping on Sunday, we had some lunch and I talked to both of the boys for a while. Work is going well for Nicolas and Bryce’s classes are fine . . . his football team isn’t doing too great, though!
We wanted to get out for a while and explore some more of the refuge, so we decided to go out to the Cuddo Unit for the Auto Tour Drive.
Nicolas did this drive last winter and saw alligators, so our hopes were up that Dad would get to see a gator!
During the first few miles of the drive, we were in a dry, grassy area, so we were on the lookout for birds – we did spot some turkeys and a large hawk, but nothing I could catch in a picture.
As we got down close to the water, in an area called Alligator Alley, we kept our eyes peeled for gators.
The environment looked like a perfect habitat for gators, and the signs were promising . . .
Tom and I got out for a better view of the water, but Dad wasn’t stepping foot out of the Jeep!
Still no gators!
We continued on and didn’t see any wildlife, but we did see lots of hurricane damage.
There was a deer and hog hunt in the Cuddo Unit last week, so they got the area minimally cleared as quickly as they could so the hunters could get in, and there is still quite a bit of cleanup to do.
Maybe the cleanup will be part of Tom’s volunteer activities; we’re not sure yet.
Towards the end of the drive, we passed by a beautiful pond,
and finally spotted some wildlife! A great white egret flew by and landed in a tree across the pond. There’s a canoe trail that goes from this pond out to Lake Marion, but it was currently marked as closed. Maybe we’ll have a chance to get on the water – hopefully in something bigger than a canoe!
Back at the Visitor Center today, we talked to Garrett, the Biologist, and he assured us that he could take us to places where we’ll definitely find gators!
Tom and I have been going out for bike rides every night after dinner . . . and each time the sunset has been spectacular!
I love the reflection of the sun on the water!