As many times as I've visited Myakka River State Park, I've never been canoeing here. Probably because: a) I'm not an overly proficient canoeist; b) there are gators in that water (which leads back to point a.) With my northern upbringing, I still think the most dangerous thing that should be living in a river is a pike. So, knowing these are gator infested waters, I continue to have a healthy respect for Mother Nature. (I've canoed at Oscar Scherrer State Park, which also is located in Sarasota. But, that area doesn't attract the gators like Myakka. Myakka, literally, is a breeding ground for alligators.) That being said, as you can see by the number of canoes, lots of people are interested in paddling around the river here. (The people who really concern me are the fishermen who wade waist deep into the water. What are they thinking?!) By the way, there's a small 3-foot gator just off shore and out of sight in this photo -- the same one that was featured yesterday. And, I bet you'll find one at the end of that rainbow!