I was sure that once I left South Carolina I must have also left any chance of swimming with alligators. So when I looked at The Alligator River on the charts and I noticed that it resembled the shape of an alligator (or so i think!) I just decided that must be why they call it that. Clearly I was just ready to be done with worrying about little Captain Louie (or I) becoming snack food so I just told myself what I wanted to believe. We anchored right off the shore of the Alligator River Preserve and the sound of the frogs and other critters all night was both deafening and peaceful. And, yes, we did enjoy a very nice swim off the boat that evening. We didn’t see any alligators but it turns out indeed there are plenty there. I know… it’s called the ALLIGATOR RIVER!
The best part is we got to do some great sailing on the river. It felt like it had been weeks since I’d been able to turn off the motor and zip along under sail and it was fantastic. We set ourselves up for the night right at the north end to get an early start across the Albemarle Sound since Predict Wind called for 30 knots of “breeze” from the north the later the next day.
Enjoy this 360 degree video of sailing on the Alligator River (no alligators were seen).