Mesa to Pitt 2015

Mesa to Pitt 2015
Mesa to OBX

Monday, January 21, 2013

Jan 10. A manatee sighting!

For quite a while now, Pam has been wanting to see a manatee. We finally saw one in the harbor, in the calm, warmer water, near where we were to board a boat for a ride in the Florida Bay. When we first saw it, it looked like a big smooth rock in the water. Then it dove, and we saw its snout, come up for air only a few more times. They are so homely that they are cute!
We took a hour and a half ride in the bay on a day that was the choppiest of the year, according to the captain. We saw the rare white pelican, many of them actually, on a sand bar, and also got a glimpse of a dolphin. The choppy water and wind kept the wildlife down, and cut our trip short, but it was worth it. We then listened to a ranger program about sharks. Later in the evening, we attended a star gazing lecture that was absolutely painful to both Pam and I. It was cool when the ranger was pointing out stars with a laser pointer, but the discussions that followed were like watching paint dry. The mosquitoes only added to the ambiance of the starlit night.

Osprey at the Flamingo Marina
This is his nest!!!

Visitor on my hanging baskets!  How dare he flip our sign!

Flamingo Visitor Station - personally I like the pink!

Cool purple flowers that you see down here.

When was the last time you saw a pay phone?!  Thank goodness they had one so we could call our son !

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