Monday, July 18, 2011

On a Gator Hunt

While in Florida, 4 people went on a hunt for an alligator.....











So they took a little ride on an airboat, appropriately named "Swamp Thang"....



and wore some pretty cool "protective" clothing......

And off they headed into the swamp.



"Keep your eyes out for some gators!  They are out there!"










See any yet???




nope......



still no gators....



but pretty marshland to go through.














so, halfway through our hunt, our "cruise director" hops out of the boat and starts digging.


what's he going to show us?










a fiddleback crab!

and yes, he was made with one big pincher and one tiny one.

When you pull up to the beach, the ground is covered with hundreds of these guys.  But they quickly burrow into the sand if you get too close.



He also found a shell with a big tail that he sucked in real quick.


My 8 year old was not impressed.

"where's the gators mom?"















On to hunt for more gators. Think we will find any?

nope - but we got this great family pic!
 and here's the closest we got to finding one......

until.....

Yes!  We found one.  So what if he was a baby named "Captain Crunch" and he was there for the tourists to hold, Brody was happy!

In fact, we had a fantastic time on the airboat tour, despite not finding much wildlife.  Our boat driver showed us all kinds of interesting plants, animals, and showed us the effects from Hurricane Katrina.  He was a former pilot who does tours for fun, so he did tons of fun tricks, like 360's and riding over the grassy swampland.

As for the gators, the last time one was seen on a trip had been in September. boo.  Oh well, it was a fun experience!


10 comments:

MiMi said...

Captain Crunch is a hilarious name!
Why do those crabs have that one claw like that? It looks like a regular crab claw that you eat. LOL

Amber said...

This looks like so much fun!

I love Captain Crunch, he's pretty cute. :)

Kelli said...

What a fun outing, though I would have been scared to see a gator.

Amy said...

Looks like tons of fun to me!! My question is....

why didn't you take a picture of yourself in those way cool earphone things!?-- Accessories, girl!! :)

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

It looks like fun despite not seeing any gators ;) Love Brody's hair just flyin' in the wind!

Jen said...

I could go my whole life without seeing any gators :) Or scorpions. Maybe you'd have better luck in Louisiana?

Connie Weiss said...

I can see that two of you were smart....and stayed at the house.

I ascared of gators!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Too funny! It looks like it was a fun time, even with no gators!

Shawn said...

I swear there's never a gator around when you want one! Every time we have guests that's the one thing they want to see and we have to search high and low for one. I'm glad he finally got to see and hold one even though it was in captivity.

Miller Racing Family said...

Now that would have been a fabulous adventure. Trey loves to watch the swamp hunter show on TV so this would be a perfect trip for him.
Blessings!

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