Last Saturday I found myself traveling down U.S. Highway 27 at a high rate of speed on my way back to Central Florida from the FAU game in Miami when I decided to stop into a place I had passed by many times but had never visited. That place is known as the roadside attraction called "Gatorama".
If you have never had the good fortune of visiting Gatorama then you might not get what it is about simply based on the name. But if you are clear then yes, you guessed it, Gatorama is all about alligators.
We really like their classic saying too: "Fast Hands or No Hands". Nice!
And yes, they happen to sell fresh, frozen, farm-raised gator meat that will be cooked at the Canespace tailgate party for the UM vs UF football game at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday. Tastes like chicken!
On this particular weekend there was a surprisingly huge crowd at the otherwise usually deserted outpost near Fisheating Creek in Palmdale.
It just so happened to be "Gator Hatching Weekend" at Gatorama and the the "gator fans" turned out from far and wide to see the Gators hatch and to hold them in their hands.
That's right, when the Gator hatchlings come out of their shells the good folks at Gatorama allow the local children and tourist kids alike to hold the tiny reptiles in the palms of their little hands. Now, that is a pretty impressive way to spend an afternoon, right?
Then the Gatorama staff bring out the big, adult mature gators for the adults to hold and wrestle if they have the courage to do so. Not many visitors or tourists stepped forward, but I did without hesitation.
And that is when this incredibly unique and dangerous encounter happened:
I took that Gator into submission just like I believe Miami will do to Florida on Saturday. So bring on da Gatahs, we ready, WE READY!