Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | November 7, 2010

Gator Bait

Today dawned a cool but sunny day in White Springs, Florida, on the banks of the Suwannee River.

Yes, that’s how the name of the river is actually spelled ~ Stephen Foster used poetic license in the spelling of the river in his song, “Old Folks at Home”, more commonly known as “Way Down Upon the Swanee River”.

After today’s cool spell, the temperature should warm up into the mid 80’s, for the next week or so. Heaven!

We arrived in White Springs yesterday afternoon, and after setting up camp, trekked along the river, which is lazy and serene this time of year.

Today we plan to do more exploring, to get a sense of this place.

One thing we know for sure is that there are alligators everywhere in this state, and we have some concerns about Catty Jones being a victim, should she get too close to the real thing. She is, after all, a “Yankee”, and unaware of the dangers that she faces down south.

In honor of her new winter home, we have given Catty a new name ~ she will henceforth be lovingly known as “Gator Bait”…a talisman of sorts ~ acknowledging a possibility in order to keep it at bay.

The cat lovingly known as "Gator Bait"

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