Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dolphins!


Besides volunteering 4 days a week at the state park here in the Florida Keys I am also volunteering 1-2 days a week at the Dolphin Research Center on nearby Grassy Key. I haven't put in 50 hour weeks in a very looong time! I'm hoping that all this great experience will eventually help me get a paying job doing something super fun! Unfortunately that leaves very little time for blogging but here are a couple of pictures I have taken of the dolphins that I wanted to share with my readers! If you ever get out this way I do highly recommend visiting the Dolphin Research Center, its a great learning experience!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hurricane Paula, go away!

It looks like we might have to evacuate again! This time it's Hurricane Paula. When we evacuated a couple weeks ago, tropical storm Nicole totally petered out while we enjoyed a mini vacation. But this storm is already a category 2 hurricane and the computer models show it will either turn south at Cuba or cruise straight up the keys! We'll know within 12-24 hours if we need to evacuate. And this time we are NOT heading south!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Today was my first day to volunteer at Dolphin Research Center (DRC) in Grassy Key, FL. What a great experience! My work will mostly be eight hours on my feet doing glamorous things like collecting trash, cleaning bird cages, and working in the "Fish House" (whooeee! what a smell!). But at the end of the day I was rewarded by getting to participate in the dolphin's after-hours play time. We fed them treats and they squealed with joy! This is going to be a blast!


I'm also still volunteering at Bahia Honda State Park 4 days a week to "pay the rent." Of course they don't actually pay me but I do get a free campsite in paradise!

The weather has finally cooled off. At first the days were sweltering here but now it's just perfect. The water has gotten a little chilly too! It's not too cold for swimming and snorkeling yet, but it is not as warm as bathwater like it was when we first arrived!

This place is simply gorgeous. Here are some more great pics of Home Sweet Home!

View from the Old Bahia Honda Bridge


Chris is soaking up some sun on Sandspur Beach


All the birds seem to hang out in the same area every day! We have pelicans, gulls, egrets, herons, ibis, and lots of littler birds that I'm still learning to identify.


Calusa beach is so pretty!