Brookgreen Gardens State Par

Kayaking With Alligators

Alligators were living in this lake, and Liz told they were peaceful, but…

– I was sleepy next morning, when, following their advice, cycled a bit back to see Brookgreen Gardens.

Photo: Brookgreen Gardens State Park

The manager, a cyclist himself, introduced me to the staff and volunteers.

Photo: Brookgreen Gardens State Park

When they asked a common question “where do you stay overnight”, I gave a common answer “on people’s backyard”. And Liz invited me to stay at her place.

Photo: Brookgreen Gardens State Park
– After a tour in the Brookgreen Gardens we drove to the same street I was the last night. Liz happened to be neighbors and friends with Anissa!
– The lake was on Liz’s backyard, so we kayaked straight from there.

Photo: Brookgreen Gardens State Park

Alligators were living in this lake, and Liz told they were peaceful, but… So we didn’t explored bushes on the other side.

Liz’s friends came for a dinner, we enjoyed chatting probably more then food, they were very nice though.

Photo: Brookgreen Gardens State Park
– In Charleston a local cyclist, Ethan, approached me. He were cycling home from his work. As it was on my way along the East Coast Greenway, I stayed with him and his wife Allison. They told that after a while the beautiful trail would turn into a R17 with narrow shoulders. I check the map, and it it was not just till Savannah, but Jacksonville.

Photo: Georgetown, Charlotte, Jacksonville
– Next morning I’ve got a ride, changed three cars, to Amelia Island, took a ferry, end up on Jacksonville Beach at night, and ran into the church out of the rain.

Photo: Georgetown, Charlotte, Jacksonville

Photo: Georgetown, Charlotte, Jacksonville
– The guy, who was working there, brought me to his porch, where I spent last night. If I’m right, I will have deal with thunderstorms every night. A very special season in Florida.

Photo: Rains and thunderstorms in forcast

Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.