Day 5 of vacation was a super cloudy and crappy day so Stacy and I decided to drive down to Wootens in the Everglades. Wootens has been around since 1953 giving all kinds of airboat and swamp buggy rides.
During the drive down I saw a Osprey nest atop of a power line.
I also saw another Bald Eagle.
Welcome to Wootens!
As soon as we walked in we saw a huge alligator in a little canal next to the ticket window.
We got on the airboat and were ready to roll! Our driver up top driving the boat.
As soon as we got out in the Everglades we saw an alligator hiding in the water.
Once we got out in the open water the boat was hitting speeds around 55 mph
Check out this video of what it looks like to ride in an airboat ride.
Once we were done with the air boat ride, Wootens has a large animal sanctuary that we checked out that has all kinds of animals.
We first saw a panther just chillin’ in his cage!
Then we were looking at some alligators and this guy came up and started talking to us named Gator John. He was the resident alligator whisper! He told us kinds of interesting things about himself and how he has been around alligators his whole life.
Then he offered Stacy the chance to hold a 40 lb. alligator.
After Stacy was done holding the aligator he took me over to the Tiger cage.
Then he showed us a baby lion cub!
Then Gator John invited me into the alligator pond where there were 100 alligators. I of coursed jumped at the opportunity to get up and close with an alligator. John would be hand feeding them.
Gator John left to get a bucket of whole chickens to feed to the alligators.
I went into the cage and I was approached by 12 alligators.
John then tossed a piece of chicken in the water and all of the alligators fought for it.
Then Gator John was getting up close and personal with the gator.
John walks away saying “All in a days work!”
Here is a video of me with Gator John.
Then on the way home we stopped and saw the worlds smallest post office in Ochopee, FL
Then we saw a bunch of smoke as we were driving home, and it was a controlled burn.