A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Little Story

Gulf Island National Seashore, Florida

   It was the end of a long day's drive and I was happy to find the that the Park Service campground had a few sites available.  And I was especially happy having just spotted my first alligator while pulling into this campground. With the prospect of stormy weather coming this looked like a good place to hole up for a day while the storm passed.  What could go wrong?  
   I had just parked and got "camp" set up which really amounts to hardly nothing. I heated a pot of water, brewed a cup of tea then stepped out to walk around a little bit.
   Right off I spotted this stone by the tree in camp that had all the appearances of a tombstone marker.  That's odd, I thought to myself.  I walked over to it and saw it was blank. Perhaps the writing is on the other side and I set about trying to flip it over with my foot since I had my tea cup in my hand.  When it flipped over the leaves stuck to it and so I brushed the leaves away with my foot. Huh, gold colored mud.  Then I realized it wasn't mud sticking the leaves to the stone, it was dog poop! Someone covered their dog's deposit with this stone and I now had "gold colored mud" on my shoe!

I was wearing flip-flops.


  1. Ha the discoveries while traveling makes very good stories.

  2. Splendid!

    There is no possibility of a good end to this story!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  3. Yek, what a story, gold mud! What did you do with your flip-flops, burried them at the tree?

  4. You found treasure! Lucky you that you used your feet instead of your hands :)

  5. Damn dog probably was surprised by an alligator--that definitely would scare the poop out of me.

  6. I feel for you John... on most of my walks I always see plastic bags with dog poo in them. The owners pick up the mess while others are around then throw it when nobodies watching.

  7. Sorry to hear that John.
    I wish everyone would pick up their litter.
    Peace :)


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