After picture taking I looked forward to exploring Goose Island Park. Unfortunately, after hearing the ranger's words "Stay on the walking path to avoid snakes like copper and rattle," fear gripped me. I couldn't concentrate on anything else. My tail went right between my legs. I decided my best move would be stay on the path and don't cause trouble.
The morning went fine but it was the afternoon that sent me into a tailspin. We were at the wildlife refuge. I was enjoying being outdoors walking the trails and the boardwalks. I even made it all the way to the top of the observation tower. My head felt dizzy watching so many birds fly by. I just wanted to catch one.
My heart stopping moment came at the end of the tour. Lying in wait for us on the banks of the marsh was the scariest gigantic thing imaginable. Mr. C called it an alligator. I did not trust this creature one bit. I've heard alligator stories before. A beast to be feared!
That is when I lost it. My barking, growling pulling on the leash started to attract a crowd. I just wanted that thing out of the way. Mr. C held tight to the leash trying to control me. But I ignored all his commands. I was up on my hind legs pawing at the fence. Maybe all those people around us were worried I'd leap the fence and attack the alligator. But really I'm much too smart for such foolishness. Within minutes a park ranger was there. He had stern words for Mr. C. I heard something about me being "a public disruption." His words offended me. I just wanted to flee the scene.
Mrs. S dragged me back to the van. I was forced to sit out rest of tour. Fine by me. At least I escaped the alligator and lived to tell my story. I overheard Mr. C and Mrs. S talk about an upcoming beach trip. Now that's one trip I do not want to miss. Perhaps you heard about my Florida beach escapades from last year. I created quite the beach buzz. But that's a story for another day.
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