During our interview, I stepped too close to the edge of the edge of a steep drop off next to a dark glassy pond that most certainly was an alligator lair. Dotty quickly told me not to fall in, to which I assured her I wouldn't. "Once a mother, always a mother" came the loving reply.
Today I wished I had 10 years to bird around the country, so I could spend a full day birding with duos like the pair I met today. Thank you both for bringing a smile to my face. I'm sure that the Red-cockaded woodpeckers are out there somewhere.