They’re All Going to Eat You!

What to do, what to do, on a rainy day in St. Augustine?

We opted for the St. Augustine Alligator Farm!

Alligators with rain pouring on your head? Rain pouring on your head with alligators? It just heightens the sensations.

I love this kid’s charm, while next to him, alligators are ripping the flesh off of poor, unfortunate rats.

You’ll notice I didn’t share photos of that, at least not on purpose? That’s by design. Not my thing.

I loved the reflections.

And Scarlet Macaws, and other delights!

There’s a certain restlessness I sometimes get when I’m at any kind of wildlife setting without moose. I’m happy to say I didn’t have that feeling, probably mainly because you’d never see moose at an alligator farm in Florida. Or in Florida. Or at an alligator farm. So I’m learning, slowly, to live in the present and enjoy more. There are many fascinating animals out there. That doesn’t mean I believe I want to see them all at a farm or a zoo, but these gators seemed pretty happy and free.

And fed.

I’m not sure yet if we’ll go back this year, but if so, I’m bringing my zoom lens this time around.

I’ll be back sometime this week, but I don’t know when! I’ve missed visiting everyone! See you soon!

One of Those Days to Remember.

Hi, again! I’m still in Orlando, but making the trek to St. Augustine.

St. Augustine is the oldest city in America and last year was our first time making it there. We arrived late at night and proceeded to knock on the doors of the wrong house. Luckily no one was there and no cops were called! Finally we found my in-laws’ rental beach house. Even though it was late, my father-in-law took me out the back door, past a little moat-type place, through a boardwalk, and onto a dark and quiet beach with a million stars shining overhead. Then we all slept the way one sleeps after waking up in frigid MA, flying with two kids on a plane, landing in Orlando, getting a rental car, driving to St. Augustine, and then staying up to eat beach house sandwiches. As one does. When we woke up in the morning, we saw glory.

These pictures were actually taken towards the end of our stay. We started our trip in St. Augustine and then went to the craziness of Orlando. This year we’re doing it opposite. We started with the crazy of Orlando, and now we’re going to take it easy for a few days in a beach house. Family. Football. Food. Books and beaches. I can’t wait to feel that sea air on my face.

On our last day, we went mini-golfing and then took a walk out on a long pier. There were surfers and cold breezes. Scarlet wanted me to buy her some disgusting Cheetos type things, which actually wound up being for the birds, as you’ll see.

Something about the sea air and the mini golf, and life in general, got me very hungry that day.

Not as hungry as these birds, though.

As it turns out, birds love disgusting type Cheetos snacks more than Scarlets do. Which is just fine. I’m sorry, City of St. Augustine, for giving disgusting type Cheetos snacks to your wildlife. It was mostly accidental.

It was like The Birds. If you have a bird phobia, you shouldn’t be reading this. You shouldn’t have gotten this far!

I don’t even know how I did. Lack of bird phobia, mostly. And desire to be rid of disgusting Cheetos snacks.

And photo opportunities, of course.

How could you not?

So if you do survive such an invasion, well wow, what a great city. I have shared many photos of it in previous posts, so I’m only sharing new ones here. We had a great dinner at Harry’s downtown and also had takeout from Mango Mango’s which was even more delicious. I think the best part of Harry’s was the live music and the ability to eat outside in January. It wasn’t very warm, mind you, but compared to New England? It was paradise. I can’t wait to see what we will do there this year.

Whatever it is, I hope it’s peaceful and dreamy and not completely filled with Cheetos and birds. Have you ever been?