So, we’re back home. Tim was looking in on The Sump while we were gone, and he reported she she hates him. I manged not to step on anything painful in the ocean while we were there, but in return.. just about everything that could go wrong went wrong at work while I was gone. I forgot to edit someone’s photos for an ordering appointment they showed up for (poor Frankie had no pictures to show them!), I cropped someone’s head wrong in 150 birth announcements and those have to be reordered, I failed to fix a blemish before ordering something else, Frankie got stood up for an ordering appointment and I wrote down two credit cards wrong. Awesome.

I spent a lot of time (oh shocking!) stalking the local wildlife while we were there. I got to add a few more species to my bird life list that I had never seen in person before. I think the most exciting of those was the snowy plover, which wasn’t supposed to be there at this time of year at all. It rained just once while we were there, which rocked. I loved watching it rain on the beach, and the sand afterward felt like carpet under our toes. The last sunset we saw was actually the prettiest, all pastel pinks and purples like something out of My Little Pony. I got sunburned through the sunscreen on day 1, then it blistered and peeled on day 4. Great. Then I re-burned myself through a t-shirt on day 5. Even better! We went on a nature-watching pontoon ride put on by the local aquarium/marina, which rocked. Not only did we see neat things while out on the water, but then the person doing all the information threw a net over the side and caught a bunch of things IN the water too. A bunch of crabs, a puffer, a seahorse.. etc.

John and I walked every night on the beach. It was really nice and relaxing, the breeze blowing and the cool sand underfoot. Every morning early, there is an old Japanese man fishing. He has an entourage of herons and egrets that watch him putting shrimp on his line. If he leaves the buckets uncovered (I think he does it on purpose :P), the tallest ones loooooooook into the buckets and then flick a few shrimp out and eat them before he can get back and chase them off.

It was a relaxing kind of good time, not the OMG WOW kind of good time, but good nonetheless. Seeing my family was great, but it’s also wonderful to be back with my cat and not have sandy toes 24/7. I think about the coolest thing we saw there was a tiny tiny baby octopus one of the kids in the group found in the ocean. I mean, it was all head and eyes and was looking at us like “Hey man.. you better back up because I got more arms than you.” After I got photos, baby was released back into the ocean.

DITL of day 2: http://ditl.livejournal.com/1290302.html

All photos: http://www.crickie.com/gallery3/index.php/longtrips/beach2012

 

Life list of wild animals:

Saturday 9: Anole, Snail

Sunday 10: Anole, Crow, Green Cheeked Conure, Snail, Laughing Gull, Willet, Snowy Egret, Brown Pelican, White Ibis

Monday 11: Anole, Crow, Green Cheeked Conure, Laughing Gull, Willet, Snowy Egret, Brown Pelican, White Ibis

Tuesday 12: Anole, Crow, Green Cheeked Conure, Laughing Gull, Willet, Snowy Egret, Brown Pelican

Wednesday 13: Anole, Crow, Green Cheeked Conure, Laughing Gull, Willet, Snowy Egret, Brown Pelican  –  On a nature watching pontoon ride: Double-crested Cormorant, Great White Heron, Great Blue Heron, Bottlenose Dolphin, Lined Seahorse, Red Snapper, Smooth Pufferfish, Stone Crab, Brittle Star, Osprey, Cowfish, Blue Crab

Thursday 14: Anole, Crow, Green Cheeked Conure, Laughing Gull, Willet, Snowy Egret, Brown Pelican, White Ibis, Common Atlantic Octopus, Sea Urchin

Friday 15: Anole, Crow, Green Cheeked Conure, Laughing Gull, Willet, Snowy Egret, Brown Pelican, Common Tern, Comb Jelly, Hermit Crab, Stone Crab

Saturday 16: Anole, Crow, Green Cheeked Conure, Laughing Gull, Willet, Snowy Egret, Brown Pelican, Great White Heron, Great Blue Heron, Marsh Rabbit, Snowy Plover