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102--Florida: Gator Wrestling
@ CherieSpotting     Dec 10 2002 - 06:16 PST
cherie writes: Greg and I headed back to Calfiornia and Florida for two weeks! We kept Scirocco in the San Blas Islands under the careful watch of the Kuna Yala.

In Florida, our first stop was the Florida Everglades, a magical mix of things that can kill you. I was bite once, but only by a fire ant. Greg offered to bite me (I think he got a bit jealous), but I'm not into that. (Ha Ha)

John (Gregīs dad), Greg and I took a crazy air-boat ride through the glades and then watched a crazier man wrestle a gator. Don't try this at home.

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I donīt think this gator likes being sat on.

I donīt think this gator likes being sat on.

Thereīs lots of neat birds in the Everglades.

Thereīs lots of neat birds in the Everglades.

Iīd like to think they wouldnīt need to put up this sign.  Isnīt it just common sense?

Iīd like to think they wouldnīt need to put up this sign. Isnīt it just common sense?

Gator heads!  Let me know if youīd like that to be your Christmas gift this year!

Gator heads! Let me know if youīd like that to be your Christmas gift this year!

A girl who paid $10 to hold a baby alligator.

A girl who paid $10 to hold a baby alligator.

Theyīre so cute when they are small and canīt eat your face off.

Theyīre so cute when they are small and canīt eat your face off.

I told the baby gator a joke.  Clearly heīs laughing.

I told the baby gator a joke. Clearly heīs laughing.

Does this bird know that his knees are backwards?

Does this bird know that his knees are backwards?

This alligator ainīt no baby.

This alligator ainīt no baby.

The crazy guy who wrestled the gator.

The crazy guy who wrestled the gator.

It is best to let the gator smell you before you try to sit on it.  That way, the gator can recognize your smell when he eats you for lunch.

It is best to let the gator smell you before you try to sit on it. That way, the gator can recognize your smell when he eats you for lunch.

I guess gators are like kids.  If they don't want to go somewhere, you have to drag them.

I guess gators are like kids. If they don't want to go somewhere, you have to drag them.

For those of you with gators in your backyard...donīt try this at home!

For those of you with gators in your backyard...donīt try this at home!

This guy seems to be looking for a "gator hickey."

This guy seems to be looking for a "gator hickey."

When you get bored watching WWF, you might consider GW (Gator Wrestling.)

When you get bored watching WWF, you might consider GW (Gator Wrestling.)

A close call.

A close call.

Open wide.  Gators seem to brush their teeth as often as children.

Open wide. Gators seem to brush their teeth as often as children.

There must be a better way to earn tips than sticking your head in a reptileīs mouth.

There must be a better way to earn tips than sticking your head in a reptileīs mouth.

A gator coming towards me. Who knew they could run so fast?(For the record, I prefer the small cute ones.)

A gator coming towards me. Who knew they could run so fast?(For the record, I prefer the small cute ones.)

Attention cat-haters: A new way to get your neighborīs feline out of the tree.  (Greg's going to kill me for writing that.  He loves cats.)

Attention cat-haters: A new way to get your neighborīs feline out of the tree. (Greg's going to kill me for writing that. He loves cats.)

Peaceful lilly-pads (moments before the air-boat screamed over them.)

Peaceful lilly-pads (moments before the air-boat screamed over them.)

The air-boat.

The air-boat.

Greg, John and Cherie.  (Luckily we survived the "gator show".)

Greg, John and Cherie. (Luckily we survived the "gator show".)

The sawgrass of the Florida Everglades.

The sawgrass of the Florida Everglades.

Is that bird aware that there are about 1.5 million gators in the Everglades just waiting to pounce on it?

Is that bird aware that there are about 1.5 million gators in the Everglades just waiting to pounce on it?

I guess our air-boat driver didn't read the "Donīt Feed the Alligators" sign.

I guess our air-boat driver didn't read the "Donīt Feed the Alligators" sign.

An alligator playing hide and seek.

An alligator playing hide and seek.

We watched the gator sneak up on this unsuspecting bird. (Can you see the gator?)

We watched the gator sneak up on this unsuspecting bird. (Can you see the gator?)

The beautiful Everglades.

The beautiful Everglades.

Sawgrass and lilly-pads.

Sawgrass and lilly-pads.

It looks like a child picked the colors for this bird.

It looks like a child picked the colors for this bird.

This gator was less than a foot away from me.  Luckily I was in the boat!

This gator was less than a foot away from me. Luckily I was in the boat!

He's so real, he looks fake!

He's so real, he looks fake!

I had the urge to pull this twig off the gatorīs nose.  But after seeing the gatorīs teeth, I reconsidered.  (And my parents think I have no common sense!)

I had the urge to pull this twig off the gatorīs nose. But after seeing the gatorīs teeth, I reconsidered. (And my parents think I have no common sense!)