Alligator Spotting on Little St. Simons Island

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Getting rained on once in a while is just a fact of life for the frequent traveler. It can’t always be sunny, right?

I know with full certainty that the Lodge at Little St. Simons Island would’ve been an even better adventure if it hadn’t poured for 92% of my two night stay. How do I know? Because I ventured out in between raindrops (6″ in one day!) a few times and saw almost enough wildlife and beautiful scenery to satisfy the Dora the Explorer in me… almost!

If you haven’t read up on this super lovely, adventurous property in South Georgia, check out Part 1 here

And now for Part 2! Here are some snaps from our brief island exploration… and don’t forget to scroll all the way down for a rainy day travel giveaway from Go Go Galoshes!

Taking a quick bike ride before the rain came. Check out my awesome mosquito-proof hoodie from ExOfficio - a MUST when visiting this very natural, sometimes very buggy island
Taking a quick bike ride before the rain kicked up. On the clock!
Little St Simons Island
Bikes are provided free of charge at LSSI, so you can cruise around the island at your leisure

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There are no cars on this private, 10,000 acre island... so I didn't have any of my usual bike-related fears
There are no cars on this private, 10,000 acre island… so I didn’t have any of my usual bike-related fears
Little St Simons
What’s that in the pond? Oh, a 10-foot gator! I was gonna wrestle him but he disappeared under the slime. Next time!
A little gator pokes his head out after the 10-footer disappeared
A little gator pokes his head out after the 10-footer disappeared
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There are quite a few itty bitty gators in this shot. Can you spot them?

All I really wanted from my time at LSSI was a meeting with a gator, and it didn’t take too long to make that happen, even with the inclement weather. I spotted them everywhere once I started looking.

A gator swims slowly past a whole host of birds roosting at Norm's Pond
A gator swims slowly past a whole host of birds roosting at Norm’s Pond
The view from the blind
The cloudy view from the blind
Fisheye shot taken with my Olloclip lens on iPhone 5
Fisheye shot taken with my Olloclip lens on iPhone 5. Here comes the rain.
From the blind, you can see just how tucked away in the wilderness you really are
From the blind, you can see just how tucked away in the wilderness you really are
Can you see the rust-colored raccoon in the distance? There were quite a few on our bike ride out to the beach
Can you see the rust-colored raccoon ? There were quite a few on our bike ride out to the beach
I wanted to spend some time sunning on the beach, but it was so windy... it'll have to wait until next time
I wanted to spend some time sunning on the beach, but it was so windy… it’ll have to wait until next time
The rain really started to come down once we left the beach. It was not a very dry return to the Lodge!
The rain really started to come down once we left the beach. It was not a very dry return to the Lodge!
Even with a raincoat, I was soaked to the gills. But it was one of my favorite bike rides ever!
Even with a poncho, I was soaked to the gills. But it was one of my favorite bike rides ever! Little St. Simons Island for the win!

 

So how about that rainy day giveaway I promised? A few weeks ago, Go Go Golosh reached out to tell me about their new line of $99 fold-up galoshes – perfect for the traveler caught in the rain. You can wear them over ballet flats or even high heels, and they come with a waterproof carrying case to store them once you’re safely in a dry place. Here’s a video that shows how they work!

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So tell me about a time your vacation was rained out… did it wreck your adventure or did you make the best of it? 

8 thoughts on “Alligator Spotting on Little St. Simons Island”

  1. Machu pichu last day of hike was a pour down. Instead of hiking to tent like rest of group we took the optional scenic route and enjoyed the rain…the views paid off and getting wet wasn’t a deal breaker!

  2. You Gators and your gator obsessions 😉

    What a cool concept for galoshes! I have a pair of Hunters that I love but they practically take up an entire suitcase and therefore are NOT going on the road with me!

  3. I love to vacation but the weather can be very unpredictable! I would love bring have these in my suitcase just in case!

  4. We love spotting alligators! Our favorite place to see them is canoeing on the Hillsborough River near Tampa, FL. And rainy days are fine if you have a dryer waiting for sopping, wet clothes. Soaked jeans while traveling is never fun!

  5. Ohh! Looks like a cool trip. I’m doing research for my upcoming trip (first time!) to Florida in January. Looks like a cool place–excited to see some gators in the flesh in the States… Thanks for all the great posts.

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