Three years ago, we rented a beach cottage in Vilano Beach, just on the other end of the bridge from St. Augustine. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to return to the area. (Check out my blog posts from that trip in the “Domestic Travel” section.)
One of the things we enjoyed most during that visit was kayaking (and kayak fishing for Bruce) at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. (Geez, couldn’t they come up with a shorter name?)
Today, we returned to see if Bruce would have the same good luck catching fish like he did last time around. As it became apparent that he wasn’t having any luck, I decided to wander off and paddle along the shoreline to take in the beautiful scenery.
As I headed north, I visually took in the details of the various trees directly to my left, not paying attention to what was up ahead. Just when I reached a little beach and contemplated taking my kayak ashore to get out and stretch my legs, I happened to look straight ahead where the beach curved out toward the lake. “WHOAAAA!” I bellowed out to nobody except for the huge alligator catching rays on the beach just twenty feet in front of me. I froze. Then, like any photographer would do, I grabbed my camera and shot a few photos before back-paddling the heck out of there! See ya later, alligator!