After being out in the sun working on my strawberry planters, I decided that this weekend would be a great time to head down to the beach. I decided to make it an extended stay and took Monday and Tuesday off from work. Prada and Louie got SO excited when I started messing with their travel crate. I think they got really excited when they saw me packing my swim trunks because they knew we were heading for the beach! I think Prada was more excited because she knew she wouldn't have to go for long walks at the beach hahaha. Dogs aren't allowed to walk on the beach, so we are just restricted to the parking lot, and I don't want her paws to get scorched. (The white sand could scorch her paws too.) So, she REALLY likes to go to the beach. Prada might not get to go for long walks, but I sure can!
I got up in the mornings and went for 5.5 mile walks. I started out walking through the environmentally, protected wetlands and then walked through the city to get back to my condo. I'm always cautious when walking through the wetlands because of alligators. (Another reason Prada doesn't go for walks down there...) The first day went great. No wild animals except for birds. The second day got a little bit spicier. Of course, I wore my sunglasses which aren't prescription, so starting off things were slightly out of focus. I'm was about 1 mile into the wetlands when I glanced to my left and noticed something green...cash! I start walking closer and yup, it was cash. I couldn't make out how much though because I didn't have my glasses on. Just as I bend over to pick it up I started thinking...what if a gang of alligators got together and set a trap... So, as I bend over to pick it up, I snatch it up really fast and started walking even faster. Not gonna be bit today! (Turned out to only be a dollar, but I was still happy!) I get another mile into the wetlands and notice a huge bird standing in the water. So, I slowed down and got closer. The bird was staring into the water waiting for a fish to snatch up. All of a sudden, I realized that there was a "log" floating in between me and the bird. Then, I realized that this "log" had eyes and was either watching me or the bird. I focused in on the alligator and got just a step closer (to make sure it was indeed an alligator) and all of a sudden he (or she) just dipped below the water out of my sight. I said "Oh, hell no." And, turned my leisurely stroll into a marathon paced run. I rewarded myself with a sausage biscuit from Hardee's! You Live, You Learn.
(P.S. When I go out for my walks / jogs I ALWAYS have my "Road ID" on. It is an athletic bracelet that has: your name, your city, emergency contact information, allergies, etc. It's a great device in case something were to happen to you. In my case, hopefully, the alligator would have chomped down on everything but that arm... Find out more at www.roadid.com)