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 Gators as big as the boat

"Old time Florida. Birds perched on every mangrove branch, groups of turtles sunning themselves on half submerged palm tree trunks, friendly big and cumbersome manatees... curious to see what's going on. And then there were the gators--many--and as big as the catboat. This is a true description of the upper part of the Peace River in southwestern Florida.       My husband John had been reading Peter Matthiessen's books on old Florida such as Killing Mr. Watson and Lost Man's River. You know the kind of books--where man goes out in his boat into the wilderness against all odds to live off the land. But to take a trip in a 15-foot Marshall Sandpiper? Yea, real men do this stuff . Read on... "

 (Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 10, 2004 )
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