The American Alligator

Many Texas state parks are home to the elusive American Alligator. We were startled when we first discovered this at Lake Texana…we found out by watching the signs…

First the warning…

And then the reason…

Not a single alligator in sight, too cold we were told. But these signs generated a lot of excitement for us!

It wasn’t until we reached Brazos Bend State Park that we spotted our first live alligator…we did not feed or harass it.

Can you spot the alligator in the picture? It took me awhile to find it with someone standing next to me pointing it out. But s/he’s all in there…even the tail.

This one was a little more obvious.

Such excitement! No need for all the etiquette rules or the warnings. We never got within 50 feet of the alligator, let alone 30 feet!

The life lesson: The bigger the buildup, the greater the disappointment. It’s better to let things unfold without becoming overly anxious for the result since the result rarely lives up to the hype. Now…Louisiana, that’s where we’ll see some ‘gators! Or, Florida, yeah, that’s the ticket…Florida.

See ya later, alligator!


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We are a family traveling for ten months across the US and around the world.
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6 Responses to The American Alligator

  1. Sharon Miller says:

    Wow! It’s been years since there’s been an alligator sighting in Grass Valley. That was amazing. xoxoxo Sharon

  2. Julia says:

    life lesson counters the life lesson of the donut. now i am just confused. but i love your posts. 🙂

    • Sandy says:

      Good catch. Maybe the lesson is that it okay to be excited about good stuff (donuts, yumm) but not to get anxious about the bad stuff. The worrying is usually worse than the reality. Usually. Still smart to stay 50ft from alligators.

      I agree, love the blog. Still haven’t figured out though how to get it on my google reader:)

  3. Sandy says:

    Maybe if I typed my email in correctly….

  4. Annabelle says:

    Loving the tale of your adventures, so nice of you to share. Miss you but not willing to endure alligators and snow to see you, lol.

  5. Laura Patterson says:

    I’ve been to areas in the South where they don’t warn you about the alligators. You’re eating at a picnic table near a pond and all of the sudden you notice it. I think southerners probably don’t mind when a northerner gets eaten once in a while- just kidding. But seriously, why don’t they relocate those guys? The one i saw was in a pond in the middle of a sculpture garden. Maybe it was their guard “dog”.

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