My first time to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I was completely stoked about the nature preserves. I wanted to do something to help give back for the soul restoring power of the local environment that has been preserved through so much effort. So I contacted the Park Service to see if there were any volunteer activities I could participate in that week. They said, "Sure. Can you handle a canoe?" "I can," says I. "Great. We need help with a wildlife tagging effort. Are you free Wednesday morning at 8:00?" "I am," says I, "What kind of wildlife are you tagging?" Thinking perhaps it was leatherback turtles or possibly (and wouldn't this be cool) porpoises. "Alligators" says the Ranger. "You know, I'm thinking Wednesday morning just filled up," says I.
Seeking out, finding, and then harrassing alligators from a canoe before releasing them back to the wild did NOT sound like a terribly sane to spend a day of vacation. Were it now, I'd do it though. Because now I am thoroughly armed for the encounter through watching hundreds of episodes of Croc Hunter.
- Big D
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