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Old 08-13-2008, 08:52 PM   #43
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Do you think that trail that goes behind the campsites and the trail towards the beach are dangerous? What is proper caution and due diligence? I don't want our dogs to be casualties or me either.
I would heed the warning signs and stay away from the edges of the fresh water ponds. City Park in New Orleans has several canals and a number of dogs have been grabbed by alligators as the dogs were walked along the banks of the canals.The boy who was attacked had been warned about the alligators and went in the water anyway. I just would be alert and stay on designated paths.
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:02 PM   #44
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I agree with Jim. Keep away from the ponds, swampy areas, and canals. However, I've walked all of the trails around the back the campground with the dog. No water features near the trail, and no problems.
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first of all the rally is in JANUARY folks...

don't the gators go south for the holidays?

second, that sign IS just off the trail behind the campground.

there are 2 or 3 fresh water ponds back in the dunes south and west of the campground connected to the trails...

the bird in pic 2 is fishing on the east bank in one of those fresh water ponds behind topsail...

the ponds have trails that partially ring the banks, that is WHERE the signs are placed.

that particular sign is on the west bank of the same pond and about 30 ft from one of the main trails

and in the warm seasons that spot would be prime gator stalking locations.

meaning the gators are doing the stalking...

but not in january, when they usually head to the orange bowl...

oh wait, my hawks went to the orange bowl last year...

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Thanks for the reminders. I keep forgetting about the gators, forget every time. A word of caution was in order for those of us Northerners. You know the Muskies are so big they ate all our gators long ago.

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But my first trip to Florida several years ago, I traveled across Alligator Alley and stopped at the rest stop and scenic view and walked over to the water to take pictures of the birds and the cool flowers in the water at ground level, stooped down. When I got home and enlarged my pictures guess who was watching, unbeknownst to me and apparently swimming towards me?! I had thought gators all lie in the sun and move real slow like zoo gators.

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Well, we haven't gotten our act together enough to have made plans, but we have this weekend blocked off for the Opener!
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It will great to see you 2 again.You guys have a safe trip and no offroading.LOL
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Gee, I go away from the boards for four days and this thread pops up, grows to 50 post and we get roped into hosting another cocktail party! Well, I guess we'll just have to give in and do it.

We reserved site 122 in February so we would have a site large enough this year. I didn't want the responsibility for anyone getting run over in the street while under the influence. It will be great to see every one again. If gas prices do continue to drop, we'll all feel like a weekend in Florida will be a bargain. Our gas prices have dropped $.11 in five days and nearly .$50 in the last month. Keep on heading south petrol so we all can afford to head south in January!

We will do our usual 2:00 AM sneak in on Saturday morning so you early risers don't rattle the pans too loud when you start cooking the bacon and eggs and we'll try to keep from raising the diesel engine too loud when we pull in.

SafariSS, it will be good to have another 30' Bunk in attendance. So far we have had at least two each year. Not sure if Rich L will be able to attend this year because his daughter is supposed to start a new school this fall. He was at the first along with a young family from Columbus, GA with their 30' Safari each of the first and second years.

Don't know what we will bring to the potluck yet so I'll keep that open. Everybody plan on bringing your favorite beverage, adult or otherwise, by our site before the potluck for the raffle. Those that want can bring a light snack, but remember we'll all need to save room for the tasty victuals at the potluck. We'll get together on this thread as the Can Opener draws near to set the time.

'Till then, happy camping and Happy Holidays!
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first of all the rally is in JANUARY folks...
Seriously.

We walked around the ponds in and out of the woods at last year's rally, and there were no gators to be seen. The water was cold enough that any gator that decided to winter over in the ponds would have been too cold to be aggressive.
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Looks like 27 spaces available for Friday and Saturday nights in the back section. Many many more available in the rest of the park.

Book early to avoid the rush .
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The rest of the park is very nice also.I have camped out the near the water/pond and it was really nice.Lots more coverage from the trees.
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