So I've lived in Florida for around 15 years including my college years when I went back and forth to Tennessee. My husband has lived in Florida 29 years and what happened Saturday was even a little bizarre for him!
Growing up we went to my grandparents for weekend trips we usually would see deer or coyotes but not much more than that. When I came to Florida it freaked me out to know there were gators in Lake Bonny right across from Southeastern. One frequented the area right behind my apartment on campus.
I've seen my share of turtles, squirrels, possum, and armadillos all just trying to get across the road to the other side! Now Saturday was a different story. We were driving along on our way home from a concert at Cypress Gardens (AudioAdreneline and Tobi Mac) and I was turned around in my seat talking to Landon. All of a sudden I heard the loudest thump!!!
Shane was a little freaked out! He thought it was an armadillo at first but then realized there was no way. He saw that it was on all four legs and had quite a tail! He kept saying "I hit a gator!" I said there was no way! We turned around but it was too dark to see anything. Shane said he thought he ran over the tail. It was weird thinking that a gator might be out there somewhere without part of his tail. Too weird!
We realized that he was crossing the road right beside Gatorland Family Theme Park. Maybe he just wanted to have a little fun. Well we sure spoiled that! I don't know why but I kept thinking about the movie Happy Gilmore. The whole gator thing~scary!
Anyway, we made it home safe and sound and the minivan is intact.