Friday, February 14, 2020

Fri Feb 14th, Georgia - Jekyll Island etc.

The Self Named "Golden Isles", GA
Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island






Brunswick
St Simons Island 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

We Leave Florida :(

We said goodbye to Florida today, after being here for 12 weeks. I’m sad. Despite the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes, we had a spectacular time here.

We spent our last Florida day in St Augustine 








This isn't a sign you see every day
Or this
Currently we are near Kingsland, GA


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wed Feb 12th - Kennedy Space Center - Then and Now

You know that “thing” when people recreate a family photo from many years ago with everyone in the same pose? Is there a term for it? 

Anyway, we were at Kennedy Space Center today. Last time we were there was 38 years ago.




These before photos were taken in 1982, when Bob and I were at the Kennedy Space Center for the 3rd shuttle launch. Back in the day, Bob's job was arranging for GTE communications satellites to be launched, and NASA was kind enough to give us 2 VIP tickets to the launch. 

This was the launch, of the Columbia 

BTW - Here are the before and after photos from today: 


For the record, we weren't the last to leave, and we left before they kicked us out

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Getting Together With Friends, and Friends Who are Also Relatives

The whole time we were on Florida's Gulf Coast, not a familiar face to be found. 

But once we got to the East Coast !!! 

Steve in Miami
Betty and Mike in Boynton Beach
 
Evelyn and Jeff in Boca Raton
Peter in Fort Lauderdale 
Aliyana and Gene in Orlando

Ellen and Matt in Orlando 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

After 2½ months in Florida, Are the Stops Starting to Look the Same??


We have been to over 30 state parks, the Everglades, city park preserves, national forests, wildlife refuges, beaches, barrier islands, hammocks, wetlands, sloughs, swamps, rails to trails bike paths, kayak/canoe trails, botanic gardens, the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, etc.  

There certainly is overlap in what we see. Palms, saw palmettos, different pines, mangroves, lots of birds, ocean, springs, wetlands, swamps, beaches. 

But every single day, we manage to see something new.

For example, this past Sunday, Feb 2nd, we went to the Wakodahatchee Wetlands Park (of the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department’s Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility*) in Delray Beach. After all the great stuff we have seen so far in so many places, these are the things we saw for the first time on this trip at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. (Thanks Mike and Betty! This place was a great recommendation!)

1. First baby birds - Cormorant chicks in one nest, baby Great Blue Herons in another


2. Flocks of wood storks very close by (had seen from a distance before)


3. First birds building nests - Wood storks gathering twigs and branches for nests

4. First snake - a large water snake (I had really wanted to see a python in the Everglades, but no such luck)
5. First raccoon not in a garbage can
6. First iguanas! Lots of them!




7. First time ever seeing an American Bittern
(Bird identification tip: Just go over to anyone with a huge camera lens and ask) 


So no, it never gets old. 


* This place was much better than the excellent Japanese Garden and Sewage Treatment Plant  at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Los Angeles.