03/14/12 Mississippi adventure:


This road that ran through the Vancleave Wildlife Management Area was bordered
by swamp on either side and had water streaming accross it in several spots. The water
gushing across the road only came to about mid-shin so we decided to roll up our pants
and wade accross this breach. As the shots below show, there weren't any other walking
options because the area was flooded from recent rains.


Typical view of the right side of the road.


Typical view of the right side of the road.


Typical view of the left side of the road.


Typical view of the left side of the road.


We walked for about a half mile before discovering another breach with a variety
of water birds on the opposite side. You can't tell because of the flowers but the
swamp runs right up to both sides of the road. At this point we are wondering silently
if we wanted to bother to wade accross again. The Ibis, Cattle Egret and an Owl on
the other side were tempting us across.


As we get closer we notice what appears to be a log floating upstream. Why, that shouldn't be!


The current resistant log is an alligator.


We abrupty did a U turn, re-tracing our steps while uneasily watching the side of the
road and dreading having to recross the first breach. The initial crossing was just a
little annoying because of wet shoes. The repeat crossing was a different story!
Splashing carelessly was replaced by anxious shuffling. The 15 foot journey seemed
to take forever!

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