A couple of brave souls were actually in the water. I don't know the temperature of the water, but I know it can't be too warm. Others were trying to get tans even though the clouds were pretty thick for much of the time. Low tide created an expansive amount of sand for people to enjoy, and the tranquility of the waves hitting the shore made for a very relaxing walk at the water's edge.
I decided to take a stroll around the campus today during lunch. We have a columbarium behind church that sits serenely among the trees and shrubs near a small retention pond. I was walking through the area and enjoying the solitude when I remembered that I should pay attention in case the alligator was in the near vicinity. I looked across the pond and saw the alligator peacefully laying on the bank. As I stood quietly admiring the alligator from a distance, I marveled at the turtles sitting so closely to it. Why aren't they afraid to be so close to the alligator?
After watching the alligator and the turtles for a while I decided it was time to continue my walk. You can imagine my surprise when I looked down at the edge of the water off to my left only to see another alligator laying just a few feet from me. I have never seen more than one gator in the pond at a time. Mental note to self-- stop going for walks behind the church.
We are less than two weeks away from Easter. Make these final days of Lent a prayerful time. Give thanks to God for the many blessings we enjoy!