That’s Just Beachy 5/21/15

At least twice a day Ted and I take Bear and Maddie for a 30-minute walk, and one of those walks is usually along the beach.  With the temperatures rising so fast each day, we’re trying to get them out earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon.  Sometimes that works out and sometimes it doesn’t – it just depends on what else we’ve got going on that day. 

When we go out the front door and walk straight across the parking lot (instead of making a sharp right), the pups know we’re beach bound – and they know their walk will be cooler, wetter, and much more exciting than the walk out through the nature preserve. It also means everyone gets the hose turned on their feet (both humans and pooches) before we can go back in the house.  But nobody complains about that at all.

YESTERDAY’S WALK

It's taken her a while, but Maddie has finally discovered crabs.  She got her nose pinched by one for the first time the other day, and ever since then she has declared war on anything that scuttles sideways across the sand.  She chased this one into a hole and dared it to come out.

It’s taken her a while, but Maddie has finally discovered sand crabs. She got her nose pinched by one for the first time the other day, and ever since she has declared war on anything that scuttles sideways across the sand. She chased this one into a hole and dared it to come out.

For the first times yesterday we saw tire tracks on the sand, and we didn't have to walk much further to discover why.

For the first time we saw tire tracks on the sand, and we didn’t have to walk much further to discover why.

Sea Turtles have begun to come ashore to lay their eggs, and each nest is cordoned off and protected until the tiny creatures hatch and make a run for it to the ocean.

Mama sea turtles have begun to come ashore to lay their eggs, and the Turtle Patrol cordons off each nest.

Nesting season for sea turtles is May 1-October 31, and the three sea turtles that normally call Flagler County home are the Loggerhead, the Green, and the Leatherback.  Mature female turtles come ashore to deposit 80-120 eggs in the sand, and the eggs hatch around 55 days later.  The first few hours of their lives are fraught with danger.  Before the eggs are even hatched, the nest may be invaded by fire ants, raccoons, ghost crabs, snakes and off-leash dogs.  On their scramble to the water they encounter sea birds and crabs, and once in the water fish and other creatures wait to gobble them up.  Scientists say there’s a one in 5,000 chance a female hatchling will live long enough to return to shore to make her own nest 20+years later.  That’s why they are an endangered species and protected by county, state and federal laws, with fines up to $20,000 for disturbing a nest.

Pelicans are fast becoming by favorite sea bird!

Pelicans are fast becoming by favorite sea bird!

Very pretty day yesterday!

Very pretty day yesterday!  That strange-colored beach sand I had such a problem getting used to at first is now SO much more interesting than white gulf sand.  The color changes daily – with shades anywhere from terra-cotta to pink.

Come ON, Mom!

Come ON, Mom!

Our turn-around point for our beach walks is the Beverly Beach Town Hall .  . .

The turn-around point for our beach walks is the Beverly Beach Town Hall . . .

. . . where Town Clerk Donna always has a bowl of cool fresh water and some doggies treats waiting.

. . . where Town Clerk Donna always has a bowl of cool fresh water and some doggies treats waiting.

Yep - our pooches continue to be VERY spoiled!

Yep – our pooches continue to be VERY spoiled!

Sometimes we walk back home on the beach, and other times we cross A1A and walk back on the sidewalk.  The oleanders are in full bloom now (both red and white), and I think they pretty bloom all summer.

Sometimes we walk back home on the beach, and other times we cross A1A and walk back on the sidewalk. The oleanders are in full bloom now (both red and white), and I think they pretty much bloom all summer.

Home, sweet home . . .

Home, sweet home . . .

. . . where our little magnolia tree is beginning to bloom.

. . . where our little Magnolia tree is beginning to bloom.

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Ted is always up earlier than me, and lately he’s been going up on the skywalk to watch the sunrise. 

This morning it was a doozy.

This morning it was a doozy.

I know I talk a lot about my love for Mackinac Island, but living in Beverly Beach isn’t all bad, folks.  In fact, it’s pretty darn beachy!

12 thoughts on “That’s Just Beachy 5/21/15

  1. What a joy it is to read your latest entry! It finally warmed up today (74 degrees) and I’ve enjoyed a full day outside watching the continuation of the spring bird migration, especially enjoying watching the warblers. Couldn’t think of a nicer end to the afternoon then to read your blog and have my 1st vodka tonic of the season. Hope that doesn’t sound wrong ☺️. So happy your enjoying your new home and area!

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  2. Nice pictures and I learned all that information about turtles. Reading fun and an education to boot!! Love the,way Bear was looking at you…..so much love!

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  3. Nice pictures! I just got home from Panama City diving with the Wounded Warrior Foundation and the CFI (Center For the Injured). Great diving in PC and can’t wait to get down your way next week and down to the Keys!

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  4. Why am I just reading this now? Oh that’s right, I marked it to read later and just now remembered. DUH!
    I never knew all that info about the sea turtles. Thanks for sharing that Brenda. I feel smarter already (now if I can just do something about my memory) 😉 Love the picture of the sunrise, thanks Ted! Don’t feel bad Brenda, I don’t much like getting up too early either. I see Bear and Maddie are still up to their old tricks. Making friends that will give treats and hugs. 🙂

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  5. What an interesting lesson about the sea turtles. I wish their babies were safer, being the animal lover that I am. Great photos today. Bear and Maddie,such treasures.
    Hope you all had a Happy Memorial Day.!

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