I was watching the news today and there was a feature on the family that lost their 2 year old in June to an alligator at the pond next to the Grand Floridian Resort in Disney world.  To this day the parents are still being attacked for allowing their child to be so close to the water.

Ever since this event I have thought about our vacation as a family in 2003, when we stayed at the Caribbean Disney resort hotel next to a lake.  Granted a lake a couple of portages away from the Sevens Seas lagoon, but in a similar water system.

We had a group of rooms around a nice beach next to a lake with the same warning DO NOT SWIM.  Nevertheless, we took our grandchildren down to enjoy the beach.  Pat and I watched them as they ran in and out of the shallows and played in the sand. Here are some pictures taken within a metre of the lake.

Pat and I were in charge of the kids as the parents relaxed.  I encouraged them to play on the shore as I was shooting a video. We were in charge.

Can you imagine how we would have felt if a prehistoric reptile came up and grabbed one of them and dragged them to their death?  We totally empathize with how that family must feel.

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