Well it took me a few days to finally read every page in this posting and I loved the majority of it even the BS.
So my story happened back in 07 the girl I was with, my neighbor Josh, his wife Stacy, and I got up one morning and we all headed out to either Folly's beach or Isle of Palms down around the Charleston, S.C. area.
My girl and I took our 95 XJ and the neighbor took his 2000 (I think ) WJ on the way back we were racing and we decided we would hit up some trails over at the Naval Weapons station in goose creek. I was in the navy and stationed there for school and the neighbor was a coastie so no problems being on base.
Well they have some off road areas around Marrington Plantation on the base so we hit them up and had fun for a few more hours. We were leaving and found a pond off on the side of the road with 3 gators sitting out sun bathing. Josh and I parked and the girls were to scared to get out.
Josh and I walked up towards the edge of the pond the gators were still a few hundred feet away. Well we wanted to get a closer look and see how fast they'd swim in the water. We started throwing rocks in their direction hoping they'd think it was an animal or something and go after it. The best we got was a couple of hisses like we were pissing them off.
Stacey just starts screaming. Josh and I book it back to the Jeeps only to find out that she was screaming to get our attention because the base police were coming in our direction and she didn't want us getting caught throwing rocks, even if we weren't throwing it at the gators directly.
So the base guys stop and start talking to us asking questions about why we were there and normal crap. We chatted for a little bit and I asked them if they knew were Charlie's place was. They gave us directions and off we went.
Now Charlie I had heard about almost has soon as I showed up. Legendary 16 foot gator that had gotten stuck in a drainage pond. He had swam in to the gated off pond and got to big to swim out of the tube. Of course you hear a lot of rumors about him eating a student or varying lengths and weights he is. I wanted to see for myself.
So we drove there and looked through the fence which had a sign conveniently saying Charley's place or something to that effect. Looked around and saw a bunch of baby gators. Finally a gator crawls out but if I had to guess I'd say it was about 8-9 ft and I figured maybe that was him.
All 4 of us were just kind of looking around when the same cops showed up. They asked if we had seen him. I said yea and I pointed to the gator I thought was him. They told us that's not Charley. They kept looking and finally they said they be back in a little bit.
About 15 minutes later they showed up and asked josh and I to give them a hand. They gave us some gloves and we pulled a deer out of the back of their truck. It'd been hit on the side of the road on base. We threw the deer over the fence and the 8-9 foot gator started crawling over to it. About the same time has this gator got to the deer we saw a bigger gator head pop up in the water.
Cops said now this is Charley. We watched him swim at a decent pace to the shore and bolt up out of the water. The girls jumped and screamed because it almost looked has if he was going to run at us. Anyways that's my story... not really unusual but I find it interesting.