"Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble."
It's our practice to offer out-of-town guests a menu of non-Disney things to do. Not just because of ever-increasing costs at the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT but to give people an opportunity to experience the real Florida.
Walt Disney World is not Florida.
One of the options is an airboat tour of Lake Jesup.* This 16,000-acre lake (65 km), one of the largest lakes in Central Florida, with varying depths of four to nine feet, is the Sunshine State up close. It's a body of murky water that's home to a variety of species, including Great Blue Heron and Snowy Egrets.
And it has a reputation as the most alligator-infested lake in the U.S. with 13,000 gators (1.3 million statewide), according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. (FFWCC biologists conduct gator census at night using spotlights and counting eyes.)
On an airboat excursion with our friends the Rutledges from Danville, Illinois, we were told by the tour guide that Lake Jesup is, among other things, where the state dumps "nuisance" alligators. I didn't know there were any other kinds.
|Lake Jesup, Florida (C) Trip Advisor|
- Don't deal with people about whose character there is a question. It keeps your mind uneasy. It is far better to lose the business.
- Where the risks are too great, one loss may wipe out a hundred safe arrivals. You cannot make a mistake by being sure.
- Look around and see those Merchants who have so many concerns which they cannot superintend themselves--how sooner or later it does them injury if it does not ruin them altogether. Having too many things to attend to distracts your attention and draws it off from regular pursuits.
- "Shoemaker, stick to thy last." Better to cleave to what you know, and be known as someone others can trust, than to speculate, to be carried along by the fickled winds of ambition, and to get so caught in the passions of the moment that caution is thrown to the proverbial wind.