DH and I took advantage of a beautiful South Florida winter day by hauling our kayak 80 miles into the Everglades, and launching on the Turner River. On the drive to the launch site, we observed easily 50 alligators in the canal paralleling the road. Yikes! That's enough to give one some pause when considering spending the day in a boat that sits 8" above the swamp's surface... But not to worry; 'gators are pretty docile if you don't get too close. If you hear them hiss, you know you've gotten too close. Luckily, that didn't happen today. These water trails are not exactly groomed and maintained for the tourist trade. In other words, we really were in the middle of the swamp, with no help standing by in the event we got into a jam. Delightful... Here are a couple of gators, including some babies; a beautiful and brave blue heron; and Rocky, the very curious raccoon.