Brazos Bend State Park

September 15, 2010

We took the boys to Brazos bend state park last week, it’s unlike any park they’ve ever been too.  So they were a bit confused, when we got there, was it the water park, playground park?

The main attraction at this state park besides it’s vast hiking trails and lakes.  Are alligators!!

Yes alligators live in the hundreds at this park, just roaming about freely doing what gators do.

With that many living here you would have thought we would have see at least one.

Well we did, but that was a the visitors center, not out in the wild.

We did see lots of other fun stuff though.

We walked slowly through on the the trails not wanting to miss any little things, I mean, heck a gator could be hiding in the bushes for all I know.  Ok not really, but I was a bit skittish.

On their website there is even an alligator etiquette, which I may mention is enough to scare the crap out of me.  Like I said luckily we did walk up on any or even see any far into the lakes, though we looked hard for them.

It really is a neat place with wonderful staff and volunteers that were more than willing to let us pet a baby gator, she said this one was about 1 year old, and would soon be released to a foster mother gator that is already raising some babies.

The boys liked petting the baby gator, and pressing all the exhibit buttons and touching everything they aren’t suppose to.

They also had some snakes like this Texas Rattlesnake, if you look closely you can see the rattle, and behind the snake is some skin it shed. *shudder*

As we left the visitor center we went to the nearest trail around Creek field lake.

Wen saw this huge spider snacking on a bug.

The lake was covered in this green duckweed, and lots of really cute birds everywhere.

We even spotted a little rabbit right off the trail.

A pretty blue dragon fly, sunning on a log.

We saw these pretty bright pinkish/purplish berries bushes all over the place, anyone know what they are?  (This is a BeautyBerry bush, thanks Candi)

Lots of huge bullfrogs, that every time they jumped in the water, my heart skipped a beat, thinking it was a gator.

and lots and lots of beautiful Lilly pads.

It was a lot of fun, even if you’re a pip squeak like me.

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Stephanie@ourmarriageadventure September 15, 2010 at 7:41 am

I’d have been fine till we saw the spider. Those things TERRIFY me! But then again, I grew up near the swamps of Florida so Alligators and their oft’ confused cousins Crocodiles are fun to me.

I love that your boys are getting to learn about such neat creatures!

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harriet September 15, 2010 at 7:49 am

Wonderful photos. Looks like a great day!

Have a great Wednesday!
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Janelle September 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

That’s quite a nature walk!

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Cascia @ Healthy Moms September 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

It looks like you had a lot of fun. Your boys are getting so big!

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Mindee@ourfrontdoor September 15, 2010 at 9:44 am

What a fun day but you’re making me glad I don’t live anywhere near alligators. Yikes.

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Amber September 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

That looks like a neat place to visit, I would have been scared about the alligators also.

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Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD September 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I love the pictures! The spider picture totally made me shudder! We got a spider picture last week too! They are super scary and I don’t care if they don’t hurt humans, they need to go! 🙂

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Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD September 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Oh and I almost forgot, that bush with the purple berries is call a Beautyberry Bush. They grow wild in South Georgia in that same magenta purple color and also white ones.

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Kelly @ The Startup Wife September 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Wow, those pictures are amazing! (Except that spider freaks me out a LOT, haha.) That looks like such a cool park! I love the looks of wonder on your boys’ face. They are SO cute!!

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Sheri September 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I love the part about the alligators having the right of way in the rules of etiquate–and safety. I have been there and seen alligators, but none were sunning themselves in the road. You got some great photos on your trip!

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sheila September 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

LOVE nature hikes! LOVE the pics you posted! (except the snake and spider. Especially the spider. ) BLEH! lol

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