When we walk – we can go in two directions – this walk is to the East – and the Pond.
Here we turn right and walk down the street – there are maybe six houses down here that are still in construction – and all are at the end of this road and then onto the cul-de-sac that winds around to the back of our house through the woods.
Here you see my wife Sherry starting on the path and the pond is to her right – and in the middle, some 100 feet away is a somewhat raised portion – almost like an old farm road.
This is where WOODIE – THE GATOR – likes to sunbathe!
Although I have only ever seen one gator in here – neighbors have seen TWO – both this size!
I would estimate it is 6 plus feet long!
Maybe seven feet!
The next blog will be “ENTERING THE WOODS” where I am on watch for snakes!
We have seen one rather large Black Snake laying on the path before you go into the woods –
Needless to say – you do not wander around – we do not get close – and they seem to just stay there. Hundreds of golfers play this course and do not go to the water to find your ball – same for high grass and weeds!
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We knew when we moved to the South – just 8 miles to the border of S.C. in Ocean Isle Beach N.C.
That we would encounter some animals – reptiles that we had never had before!
The spiders – I just do not like – having had as a child some really scary sightings!
This I think was a form of wolf spider – the second one I encountered – the first was inside the lanai!
Spiders as far as I am concerned belong outside!
The one inside was very large – and when I tried to sweep it away – the thing exploded and a hundred little spiders came out!
I managed to kill them all – but it was a Twilight Zone feeling!
I do not want those type of things inside!
If you look back at the picture of the front porch – and looking straight at it and raise your right arm and point – these next two pictures were taken less than 200 feet up the street and on the corner!
The man who took the picture said it continued up the hill to another pond!
There are two ponds near us – one about 10 houses down the street –
and one maybe a 1/3 mile behind our house in a undevolped site that they are working on.
We have seen a gator in both of them but never in the pond up the hill!
From where this picture is taken to the pond up the hill is like 200 or 300 yards!
Now – how it got to where this picture was taken – it had to come from behind our house-
either to the right or left!
This drainage ditch runs behind our house and turns left and follows the treeline.
When you get to the end of the drainage ditch and turn right across the lawns –
you come to the street where this picture was taken.
We saw tracks in this ditch – not sure just what they were – but they had small claws on the tips!
We have not seen any of these – but we have seen a four or five foot BLACK SNAKE!
Those are okay because they kill these bad boys.
This one was near where the Gator picture was taken.
Several neighbors have seen dead ones on the road after being run over.
There are also COTTONMOUTHS around although no one has seen them.
I am more leary of these as they are hard to spot even though I constantly am on the lookout for them.
But – we made our choice and are so happy we did – close to golfing and close to the beach as well
as close to all these critters! SPIDERS SNAKES and GATORS! OH YEAH!!!!