Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Oh, The Places You'll Go....


Going South.... back to the north end of the south park.
It's getting hot, 8os F 25 C.  These south beaches are nice and peaceful and practically deserted, especially on week days.
Spessard Holland Beach Park South

But you can still find junk

Who says a cheetah can't change it's spots?
This one has gone beyond the pale.
Faded by sun, Chester Cheetah looks more like a
snow leopard.

And you do get to meet nice people.  We talked with a surf fisher who was having good luck catching sand fleas for bait.  He told us how he saw three manatees temporarily caught up on a sand bar the other day.  They drew a crowd as they flipped around and freed themselves. Manatees can get huge but they're sweet creatures. He also told us how his granddaughter was learning to surf and was blessed with a pair of dolphins sharing a wave with her.

Fishing line for the recycle tube

Green shovel day in Melbourne Beach!
My collection is growing
We also met these guys, on the adventure of a lifetime; riding bicycles to California. They left Miami about three days ago; only about 3000 miles to go.  Hey Sara, look out for these guys. You may see them out there, looking exhausted.
 It brought back memories of my own bike trip.  I rode from Ontario, Canada to Indialantic, Florida in spring 2001.  About 1800 miles. There were some rough moments but it was awesome.  It took 30 days of riding with one day off.  My right pinky took a week to uncurl!  My brother did a similar trip from Ontario to New Orleans.   My advice to anyone even considering such an adventure, I hate to sound like a commercial but really- JUST DO IT!

OK, new rope rally.....10 feet today......1238 ft or 412.66 yards.
Thanks for dropping by,
Beach Hugger.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sea turtle moms deserve better


Scotty trying to look official
Continuing south from the south end of Spessard Holland Beach Park North, we walked until we reached the north end of Spessard Holland Beach Park South.

Today's conditions; (Monday) windy, choppy seas and a nice 80 F- 25 C.  I had Lee and Scotty with me in Melbourne Beach today.  I have not been able to get to the beach as much as I would like but I'm getting there when I can.  

Lee and I have been busy getting pulled over as  robbery suspects- the nerve of those people committing a crime in a vehicle that looks exactly like mine!!!!  It was a short terrifying incident that was handled with professionalism by the boys in blue- actually I think they were wearing black but thank goodness we have them to do their job; the real perps were caught that night! Whew! I knew I didn't do it.

Today we relaxed in the fresh air as we walked the beach picking up the usual

We came upon sea turtle tracks, I followed them up to the nest

and right on top was this plastic lid
It looks as though mom stirred it up as she covered her nest,
Sea turtle moms deserve better.

I discovered some half buried nasty diapers- yuck- and lots of clear plastic; among other debris.

Scotty picked up a few bottles that we recycled.

looks to me like something
that could actually fit in
a beach bag!
Between the three of us we probably collected around 4-5 pounds of trash including 13 ft of rope, raising the new total to.....
1228 ft or 409 yards.

Beach Sunflower
something bright and colorful I like to see at the beach

Thanks for stopping by, there is a paintbrush and a ceiling in my immediate future but I'll be back ASAP,