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Today started off with those same high winds we've had every day. Chairs and tables blew over and I had to nail my hat to my head as I took my walk around the camp.

Since kayaking is still not an option, us not wanting to be blown into the Atlantic Ocean, we took a ride to the nearby Barrier Island Center. There we proceeded to stay two steps ahead of a bunch of 3rd graders as we looked at the exhibits of local flora and fauna. There were a few nice fish tanks with odd fish swimming around. Listened to the sounds of various fish and animals via headphones and watched a video of a Green turtle laying her eggs in her nest. The gift shop had a pin with the Centers' name on it; only my 4th pin of this trip!

By then, it had started to rain, so we left the Centers' nature walk for another day. It's been showering off and on since lunchtime. Brave, intrepid Ken is out metal detecting in it; yesterday, he found me an nice little gold ring with 4 little zircons and a heart-shaped light blue stone in the center. (I get all the rings that fit).

Later this afternoon we are meeting Ken's brother and sister-in-law in a restaurant across the river. Yum!

Since it's been really windy and cool, I'm getting a lot of reading done. Plus, we get CBS on the t.v. here, an almost unheard of occurance. Therefore, I can watch the two shows I usually have to download on my laptop.

Here's some of the birds and flowers that are here.......
An immature White Ibis; a first year bird

2 Mockingbirds involved in their mating dance.
A White Ibis in back of our unit
Bunches of them roam all over the camp
A plain old  Sea Gull sitting on a lamp post. There are a lot of them here; we're so near the water
I love the way the Wood Storks sit on their knees; and look at those pink feet!
A breeding Brown Pelican; these will come on land, the White ones never do.
The Blanket Flower, also called Indian Blanket, I believe
Seeds of the Palm tree
These are seed pods of something that resembles an acacia or a locust tree, with some of the large seeds still inside. The leaves in the pic don't belong to the seed pods. I can't remember their name; as you see, they are extremely thorny.
The Firecracker Flower
A Strangler Fig growing on what is left of a Palm tree.These SFs float their seed onto the crown of a tree and then grow downwards, thickening and strangling the host tree as they grow.

Well, it's still raining so I guess I'll make a cup of coffee and go back to my book, a pretty good one called "61 Hours" by Lee  Child. I mean to look up his website and see if he's one half of the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child duo whos' books I love. More tomorrow. Hasta Luego.


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