One of the big goals my family had for our South Carolina trip was to see a wild alligator. You may think this is a dumb goal, especially given the gator's reputation for eating small children and slow-witted adults (such as my husband), but it was a goal none the less. We did achieve that goal multiple times now, but not without a cost. Admission cost, that is.
Our first gator sighting plan was to hike out to marshes and lagoons. We did this over several days, logging a good 30 miles or so of trail hiking - but to no avail. We did, however, lose weight due to all that hiking under the EXTREEMLY HOT South Carolina sun - and we all slept really well in our tents under the EXTREEMLY HOT South Carolina moon.
Then we decided on a different approach. We went to the Hunting Island Visitor's Center because it was advertised that a female alligator was living in the Center's pond. We stood up on the poarch of the Visitor's Center and stared at the pond for 26 minutes, and then we finally spotted her: