Alligator Sighting Day

Monday January 18th 2021

The sun was back today. I don’t think there was a cloud in the sky all day, but it didn’t help the temperature much. Today’s high temperature was in the mid to upper sixties. The lack of clouds is forecast to continue overnight allowing radiational cooling to drop the temperature into the thirties.

I got a slow start to the day. When I finally got out of my RV home after lunch there were a lot of empty campsites. The three day Martin Luther King holiday weekend was over and many people had returned home or moved on. Surprisingly, the campground hasn’t filled up this evening.

The day use part of the state park was just the opposite from the campground. It had even more people walking the trails along the river than the two weekend days. Along with added people, there seemed to be added dogs today. So many groups had from one to three dogs with them. One couple had a Great Dane, and two other mix bread dogs just about as big. The groups are spread out across and along the trail. It is impossible to pass them from behind. If they are coming toward you on the trail, your only option is to stop off to the side of the trail and wait. Most of the dogs are better behaved than the kids. This is the first day I saw kids playing in the river despite the warning signs.

The sun brought out the gators. I saw four alligators taking the sun today and my first turtle along this river. The weather was just about perfect for walking along the banks of the Hillsborough River.

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