Even though I was born and raised in New Jersey, I have been living in different locations of Florida for about 20 years. I started serious running while in the northeastern part of the state, and so this is the climate and environment to which I am accustomed. While I would really prefer city running to beach or rural (which are some of my options here) simply because I am more interested in architecture and the bustle of city life, I have certainly found the positives in southern running, even in the most humidity-drenched days.
I do love the sunshine. It’s imperative to apply sunscreen and I think I’m going to need to invest in some kind of running hat or visor to protect my scalp a little better, but even when the temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, I find it glorious.
The downside to that is the red face and pouring sweat after a good run. The kind that stings your eyes and just drips off you. It’s kind of gross, but on the plus side, at least you know you’ve worked your tail off.
We also have some beautiful foliage. One of my favorites is the magnolia. Right now, all the trees are in bloom, and I always need to stop to admire these huge white flowers.
What I don’t love? The wildlife.
There are all kinds of nasty things lurking out there. Snakes. Wild boar. Armadillos. Spiders the size of a child’s hand. And this latest.
A three (ish) foot alligator, just chillaxing in one of the ponds in my neighborhood. He seems to be a juvenile, which leads me to wonder about where his mother might be lurking. The wildlife department won’t remove him until he reaches five feet in length, and I am counting down to this glorious day (while praying that he grows via plankton and pond algae rather than neighborhood dogs and unsuspecting people).
Tomorrow is my birthday, so I won’t be on social media much. Between that and Mother’s Day, we’ll be celebrating it up! I can’t wait to share on Monday! I’ve already gotten some wonderful well wishes, and some generous gifts, and I am so grateful for all the love.
How do you celebrate your birthday?
Do you think that alligator’s mother is still lurking around?