This picture makes me laugh. We were just down there a few weeks ago. We stopped probably close to where you stopped. It was really cold that day and we were warming up. My wife kept looking over her shoulder. I thought she was watching for traffic, but figured out she was watching for panthers! Haha. I am surprised you got that close to those gators. They normally hit the water if you stop your vehicle. They must have really been enjoying the warm sun. My wife agrees with you about US27 Doug. She thinks it's a long and boring road. We have to take it for most of our day trips if we are going south. It's a nicer road north of Lake Okeechobee. More woods and some nice little towns.