Nestled close to 5,000 acres of land filled with live oak trees with dangling spanish moss and lakes full of surprises is a place where a child’s adventurous spirit can roam free. It’s called Brazos Bend State Park.
Meet The Baby Gators
Our first stop was at the visitor center where we were able to get a close encounter with baby gators. I remembered during our first visit last year that my son was a bit scared touching the baby gator’s back. This time, he excitedly touched its back and tail. As he felt its leathery skin, the gator just looked at me with its glassy eyes.
We heard an announcement, “Snake Show in 15 minutes!” I told my son, “Hey, lets watch the snake show. It’ll be fun.” He replied excitedly, “Yes, dad, let’s see some snakes.”
It was a very informative show. It teaches the kids as well as the adults the fascinating world of snakes. We all found out that from the many hundreds of species, only 4 or 5 are poisonous in Texas. Good to know. One important lesson is that we all need to respect these creatures in their natural habitat. Most of the time, they shy from humans and would rather go away. The Hognose snake would even pretend that it’s dead when threatened. Amazing, right?
After the show, we went around the park and spotted a few adult gators. Drought hit Texas bigtime and the waters were really shallow. It was so easy to spot them. We also saw a lot of birds. A few of them unwary of the approaching gators.
We all went home happy and enriched with new learning and discovery. It was another adventure we won’t forget. Can’t wait for our next visit.
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