Found it on Labor Day in Armand Bayou, my favorite place to kayak in Texas.
3:40pm Whoo-hoo! I'm now 4/4 on seeing gators when kayaking here.
Between CLAPS 17 and here I encountered a small gator (about 3 ft long) that surfaced on the water within the reach of my kayak paddle off to my left. It scared the bejeezus out of me. I didn't see its face, just its back with the tell-tale bump ridges along the whole length. Then I saw one more cruising with just its eyes and nose out in the distance. At this point I thought I'd encountered my likely gators for the day and headed on towards CLAPS 16.
Uh-oh. [b]There's a BIG gator.[/b] About 6-7 feet long. Cruising up ahead near the west bank, paralleling me in the direction I'm headed. Not aggressive but not afraid either. Just slow and curious and very exposed gliding well up on the surface of the water. I kept my distance and composure and took some great photos which are posted here. It turns out its little "gator den" was RIGHT ACROSS the stream from this cache on the west bank. As I accessed the log and signed, it kept going back to that same spot and swirling around what looked to be an entrance in the weeds to a secluded location. It was clearly saying "right HERE is where you really, really don't want to go or you'll be on my turf". No worries, I will stay well clear of there and you!
SL TFTC +fave and thank you so much for these kayak caches --
moments like this I will treasure for a lifetime.
P.S. Stay on the east bank near the cache, not the west bank near the gator den. It was pretty clear about that recommendation.