Shortly after Kevin and I moved to South Carolina, I discovered this gator who lives in my friend's neighborhood. Yes, the gator LIVES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. I know it sounds insane, but apparently it is totally normal here. So, the first ten or so times I saw this gator, here is what he looked like.
Scary, yes. Terrifying, not really...since he always seems to be stationary and about this far away from the road. See below.
In case you are wondering what I was wondering the first time I saw this guy, here's a neighborhood sign to let you know why he has not been REMOVED from a neighborhood full of adults, children and pets.
Yep, these dangerous creatures are PROTECTED. I guess that's understandable, but I would like to know who or what is protecting all of the HUMANS from the alligators! No one has been able to answer that question. However, I have been informed by several people that in the event that you are being chased by an alligator, run in a zig zag line and the gator will be less likely to catch you. Awesome.
Now to what I hope was a once in a lifetime experience. While I was driving through the same neighborhood a couple of weeks ago (where our friends Diana & Chase live), THIS is what I witnessed.
THE GATOR CROSSING THE ROAD!
AHHHHHH!!! I could hardly believe my eyes!! So, this means it DOES move around and it COULD chase me down, Kevin O'Brien! The bottom of the photo is the front of my car...that is how close we were to this ferocious thing!
UNFORTUNATELY...I'm sure I'll see you later, alligator.