Papa’s World – A round of golf – nine holes at Oyster Bay – and we saw many – many GATORS!

They are on the banks in the sun – when it gets colder – they do not move much.
We always are on the lookout for Gators and Snakes – I have not seen any snakes so far – but they are around.
Now – Oyster Bay – Sunset Beach – N.C. is one fine golf course – love playing here – and people live along the fairways and ponds – 14 – 15 and 16 are full of gators!
Sherry in the cart and behind her to the left while we wait for the fairway to clear – GATORS – four of them!

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!

Other wildlife and birds – a beautiful setting – and across the road is the ICW!
Sherry on the cart path between two lakes – and yes there are gators in there!
Now – if you ever get the chance – make a tee time here – it is beautiful – a challenge for golf – tough holes -located by Sunset Beach – N.C. OYSTER BAY GOLF COURSE!

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The tee box for across the pond and up the hill to the green!
And this is just the back nine!
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Papa’s World – Sherry and I golfing at Sea Trails and Oyster Bay golf courses – warm afternoon days!

Papa was about to tee off – we were paired up with two gentlemen we did not know.

We only signed up to play nine holes – we were the last group to tee off at the BIRYD gold course at Sea Trails.

We were paired with two retired fellows who live there.

An Osprey resting on a dead tree.

It was a warm day – almost 70 degrees and blue skies and sunshine.

The next day – was also nice and we made a tee time at 1:45 pm. at Oyster Bay for nine holes.

Wildlife is abundant on this course.
Oyster Bay is one of our favorite courses here – we have played it several times over the years.
Beautiful scenery here – and we were able to play alone – but there was a backup on every hole.
Sherry standing on the cart path between two lakes full of GATORS!

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Papa’s World – Walking the beach – small pond small gator and then back home.

One of our pleasures is walking on the beach!

It was warm – 74 degrees – sunny and slight breeze on Ocean Isle Beach.

We try to walk as often as we can – now that most of our traveling is done – company here and gone.

A large fishing boat just offshore.
A lone fisherman – on the horizon more fishing boats and Sherry walking with the reflection of the sun on the water.

Then we made our way home to come across a small pond – not with golf clubs in it – but a GATOR!

This pond is right by the highway – at a red light – and a shopping plaza with a gas station a stone’s throw away!
I pulled into a parking space and was about 30 feet from this GATOR – he looked to be about 4 or 5 feet long!

The pond here is small – maybe 60 feet by 30 feet – a collection pond for runoff water!

I had not seen a gator here before – so it just goes to show do not trust any body of water!

Standing out front of our house – all these except the one have been completed and closed.
The blue sign is in our yard and we are looking West here.

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Papa’s World – Bob and PJ – Leopards Chase – golfing and seeing Gators!!

Pam ( PJ) and Sherry – Leopards Chase Golf Course – Ocean Ridge Plantation – Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Before they came to visit – we told them we would take them to the beach and also golfing!

They were excited at that – they both had gone to a driving range – and had their clubs.

Across the street from us sits four courses called THE BIG CATS golf courses in Ocean Ridge.

I made tee times at Leopards Chase.

We saw this medium gator on the bank across from the tee box.
And then a few holes later at another tee box – I happened to look over the bank and saw this BIG GATOR!

I had told them we most likely would see a gator or two!

Pam teeing off with Sherry watching.
Bathroom break and letting a twosome play through – we never saw another person again!
It was that type of day – quiet – no one around – just four friends meeting up once again.
Bobby teeing off with Sherry watching.

A day of golfing with friends – playing a scramble – we shot an 83 – not bad for us hackers – if only we had made those putts!

Of course a drink afterward.
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Papa’s World – Lions – Tigers and Bears OH MY! Spiders – Snakes and Gators OH YEAH!

Our new home and the front porch.

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!

I later found out this was somewhat harmless – but it still gave me goose bumps!

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!

This gator I would say is about four feet long – maybe a little longer!

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!

Sherry looking through the trees to her left – that is our house.

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!

Last but not least is the rather large COPPERHEAD!

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.

Yes – we knew in moving to the South we would experience all of this!

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!!!!

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