Original picture here.
Ocala is my home town, and this picture going around is amazing.
You’d definitely see gators when you went to the national forest, or swimming in lakes. If you were water skiing and the boat stopped, first thing you’d do is look around for floating “logs.”
I had a girlfriend when I was in middle school who had a house up on the water. One weekend, I spent the night there, and we set up sleeping bags on their enclosed porch. The porch was 20-30 feet from the water.
Her dad came out and said, “Now girls, make sure you don’t leave the porch–the gators will come right up to the house. Good night!”
Yup. Nothing to worry about there.