As mentioned, David's house is on a lake. A lake filled with turtles and alligators.
A picturesque view of the lake can be enjoyed from the deck, and you can walk right down the private pier that extends over the lake. This was a favorite spot for us and the gators, who like to tan on a small corner of the deck.
It was fascinating to see them up close and in action. Sometimes Precious, Matt's Pomeranian pup, gets a little too close.
Alligators move through the water effortlessly and with no wake. They never seem to be in a hurry, but move deliberately, cautiously, and cover ground fast. At night, their glassy eyes reflect an eerie red, which is how you spot them in the dark. By the end of our stay, we'd seen a couple adults, a mid-sized one, and one or two babies.