The campsite was really nice, shady and big. Chula pooped out in the grass and Vonnie picked it up. The campground host, noticed this, came by and said, "No need to clean up after your dog. We got a large beetle that takes care of that for us."! She flashed Vonnie a toothless smile then drove off on her golf cart . Great…. Vi and I went on a hike around the swamp and watched some more gators chomping fish.
They were all around 6 to 13ft long. A nice thunderstorm came through, knocked out some of the bugs and cooled things down a bit that evening around dinner time.
The next morning we loaded up on sun block and bug spray then took a boat tour of the swamp. We saw lots more gators along with some turtles and other wildlife. The bugs actually weren’t that bad at all. A few things we learned…. you can estimate the length of a gator by measuring the distance from between its eyes to the tip of its snout. How many inches is how many feet long the animal is. We also learned that they can run 35 mph and can jump there length. Meaning they can jump into our boat if they wanted to. Fantastic! Most of them just hung out and watched us as we cruised by. Some snorted and hissed at us.
We were going to stay another night but, because we’re short on time, we decided to head out a day early to start exploring some of the East Coast.
We had an uneventful drive out to this State Park. It seemed like we were in the middle of nowhere. We barely saw any other cars. We passed through some cool little farm towns along the way with lots of berry stands and honey stands. This was some real trippy sort of country as the highway skirts the swampland then dives 18 miles into the center of it. Once we arrived we saw only a few other vehicles. It was hot, into the 90's, and lots of big bugs but the place was really beautiful and green with tons of big cypress and yellow pine. We pulled up to the registration building and immediately noticed several alligators hanging around the swamp. So cool. Vi and I checked them out for a while as Vonnie signed us in. We set up camp as large insects dive bombed us.