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Weekend Kayak Trip Chipola River (Part 1)
9/17/06, 9:14pm (Last Edited: 9/17/06, 9:46pm)
Our Panhandle Chapter of the Florida Trail Association engaged in a kayak trip this weekend on the Chipola River in Northwest Florida. The river is another example of some of Florida's latent beauty.

While on this trip I was paddling in front of the pack and a slough entered from the left. As I passed the grassy point seperating the River passage from the slough a fairly large alligator (approximately 8 feet long) was swimming out of the slough and we came to within 15 feet of each other. The alligator and I were both startled at the unexpectd proxmity that we found ourselves. As I grabbed for my camera in its waterproof case the gator submerged

More later

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Re: Weekend Kayak Trip Chipola River (Part 1)
9/18/06, 9:09am (Last Edited: 9/18/06, 9:10am)
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Neat pictures.

That's a little too close to a gator for me. It would have been a great picture, though.

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