Hey ya'll. Most of you who have been following me on twitter know that this past week D and I went to the Everglades to go biking. More specifically, Shark Valley Trail. (I KNOW, I thought it was silly too that it is called Shark Valley and yet it's INFESTED with gators.) Anyways, I thought I would share some of the photos of our adventure.
The open road was nice and flat, which is a relief when biking, especially when we were fighting the wind for most of the trail. The trail itself is a fifteen mile loop. We visited it twice while in the Glades.
It might look pretty peaceful in that first picture, but don't let that fool you. The gators were out and about and ready to say hello. Some even tried "hiding" for a surprise visit. Notice where the road is? Yup, that's where we were biking.
Its claimed that for every alligator that you see there are at least twice more that you don't see. Can be a wee bit intimidating when looking out at the water along the trail.
This big boy actually had personality. His mouth is closed in this picture, but it appeared when he wanted to breathe he would open his mouth to do so. I suggested to D that he had a deviated septum. We were careful not to run over his tail.
Now this little bugger decided to crawl right out of the water and plop himself smack in the middle of the trail. Perhaps he wanted to relax a bit in the shade of the trees? D pointed out that this was perhaps the only animal that she's seen me around that I have not tried to pet. Perhaps the gnarly teeth dissuaded me?
He finally took leave. I find how they walk absolutely ridiculous. It's crazy to imagine how fast these suckers can be seeing how silly they look on feet.
Even though I have been gone this whole week, my blog has been busy! (Mainly because I had tons of posts to write and then didn't schedule them appropriately.) To recap:
- The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman - she didn't disappoint me!
- Luna by Julie Anne Peters - freakin' amazing author!
- I, Q by Roland Smith - did someone say spooks?
- Beastly by Alex Flynn - movie *might* be better?
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - I got your number John Galt!
Oh, and I have my first GIVEAWAY! If you missed it, since I rarely post on Saturdays, clicky here. I have an unread copy of Where She Went up for grabs.
Also, the April Review link is up and running for the GLBT challenge. Make sure you link up!
This week I finished:
- Skinny by Diana Spechler (via NetGally; comes out 04/26/11)
- Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
- Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
This up and coming week, I plan on reading:
Ummmm! And it's the Read-a-Thon this Saturday. Whoot. I have no idea what I'll be reading, but I have plenty of new books to choose from.