A week into our trip to the US, we started to get bored of the endless queuing for rides in Orlando’s famous theme parks. After much deliberation, we decided to travel south to the Hillsborough River State Park, to canoe through the rivers that run to the sea. The Park is well known for a diverse range of wildlife, such as alligators, vulcans and snakes. We hired two canoes from the edge of the Park, and floated off into the wilderness. The temperature was hot, but not unbearable, and we were well equipped with sun screen and insect repellent.
As we floated further and further away from civilization, we began to see a diverse range of wildlife at the banks of the river. Every 20 metres or so we would see an American Alligator lying on the banks, basking in the equatorial heat. They were not at all aggressive, they tended to not be bothered by us, which was great, because it allowed us to paddle quite close to get some pictures. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me so I had to take pictures using my iPhone, which did not produce the best quality. We also saw a small snake (we were not quite sure what it was) and lots of birds including vulcans, egrets and anhingas.
We spent about three hours out on the water, before dropping off our canoe back at the centre and heading back to our hotel.