Monday, March 12, 2007

Creepy Crawlies in the Swamp

Today was a big day. I was scared today. Granted...I get scared pretty easily....but take a look at the guy in the picture above and tell me you would not be a bit nervous creeping around on his turf. We went on a 4 mile hike through swamp land, forest and places with names like "Boggy Gut" and other green slimey stuff like that. It seemed to me we were always three feet away from the edge of water that held the potential for death or at the very least dismemberment. Snakes, too were a huge possibility...venomous ones. So...I was a bit jumpy. But it was fun and very exciting. We got a lot of cool pictures and saw stuff neither of us has ever seen before. The movie Creature From the Black Lagoon will mean so much more to me now. Because I think we were walking through his hood today.

Hilton Head gets an A+ from me so far. I dig it. We have seen dolphins, gators, dozens of bird species, lizards, turtles, giant black bumble bees flying in big heavy clouds...tons of amazing old trees and the swampy areas are just too creepy cool.

I am glad we are hanging out here for a full two weeks. There are a lot of great places to eat... we had breakfast at Signes Bakery which was really yummy. Both of us had the blueberry french toast. Lunch was at a Greek place and was also excellent and very authentic, we still have fresh baklava waiting to be devoured yet tonight. No more eating out for the rest of this week though if we can help it, too expensive and too many calories.

Billy listed a new Carmel, CA piece on eBay tonight so check it out. He met another painter today and made a date to go out painting with him later this week. The guy is a local and knows his way around the island so it should be a good opportunity.

Everything is still great with trailer life except we *think* our hot water heater is busted. I say we *think* because we really have yet to exactly figure out our whole water system. It always seems like tanks are filling up that should not be and the pump is loud and what the Hell are we doing, and how the Hell does THAT thing work? Which is why the water heater may not actually be may just be that we have no idea how to make it work. It is going to force us into an Airtsream dealership for a day to get it checked though. So that will have to happen once we head out of here.

I will leave you with one of the three hundred turtle pictures I took today. Turtles are good people...and there are tons of them around here. I will post a few more pics up on Flickr too.


Anonymous said...

Oh m'god that looks like a gator. (she said as the locals rolled their eyes and said, thats a croc.)

I've not yet read the post so the species type is something to look forward to. I'm glad you are safe and doing well. cwyc.


P.S. Roger's cute.

Kenzie said...

Yep...still checking your blog! You have made a monster blog reader out of me! How far away from that big, creepy guy were you? He's big and probally ancient. They live a LONG time!

your mother.........duh said...

You make your mother very nervous.

Your mother is a nice lady.

Why not walk in a nice park.

Or look at alligators from your nice truck.

Close your eyes and harken back several years and you can hear your nice mother yell out "BETHANY......GET AWAY FROM THAT WATER......I MEAN IT.....DO I HAVE TO COME OVER THERE.....YOU'RE ASKING FOR IT YOUNG LADY!!!!

Bethany said...

Apparently (we have learned) we need to be way more worried about the snakes than the gators... and since I have a history of stepping on snakes... I need to keep my act together. I need some hip waders made of rhino skin to wear when we go out walking. Or maybe I should get a snake bite kit and keep it strapped to my hip at all times.

MIchelle said...

Here are a few alligator safety tips:

● Do not swim outside of posted swimming areas or in waters that might be inhabited by large alligators.
● Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. Therefore, swim only during daylight hours.
● Never remove an alligator from its natural habitat or accept one as a pet. It is illegal and dangerous to do so. Handling even small alligators can result in injury.
● Seek immediate medical attention if bitten by an alligator. Alligator bites often result in serious infection.

I hope this helps with the swimming/new pet decisions. I don't have any snake safety tips, Sorry. I would suggest watching the movie Anaconda, but I don't think that went well for most involved.

Michelle said...

I've been checking for updates and I am now afraid that my gator advice came too late.
I do have snake advice today though.
You need to get a fanny pack. Then you are able to carry a live mouse and when a snake slithers out you can throw the mouse out for the snake to "chase." This may also work for raccoons.

Bethany said...

Michelle...Thanks for your tips. You should consider writing a guide for travelers. It may be a good side gig for ya. See what you can figure out about rabid raccoons. We need all the help we can get.