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