Our last day of the Jones Dozen
Vacation was spent kayaking, courtesy of Kayak Amelia. It was
a great experience even if several of the younger children, including Gabrielle with her broken elbow, but fun for all and the
guides were great.
The boys were very anxious to check out the equipment.
did the majority of the paddling and then took a lunch and cookie break
on a nice sandbar out in the Amelia River. It was nice shallow
water, perfect to let the family wade and swim without danger.
But life jackets were left on anyway.
Amy came prepared with toys for playing in the sand... she is always so thoughtful and generous.
Amy and the kids had lots of fun with the Go Pro Camera which films above and underneath the water.
tide was going out which helped us as we did the paddling with the tide
but it also meant the tide was lowering the level of the river as the
time went on and would continue to do so until low tide had been
reached. Some people who bring their boats into salt water don't
realize the time it takes for that to happen. This big boat came
roaring down the river and when it hit shallow water instead of
reversing and retreating he kept plowing forward. The fellows who
were our guides made the comment that they were looking at another 8
hours before the river would allow them to get unstuck. We left
them early in their adventure which would probably get to be less fun
in a while.
Our guides pulled a seine to show the children what was living in the waters there.
Although they only caught a few minnows the kids enjoyed turning them loose.
Then the final short leg of our great adventure.
better way to give friends a farewell dinner than a Low Country Boil.
I enlisted the aid of the best person I knew to do it, Shawn
Arnold. He is a perfectionist when preparing this dish.
The gang played soccer and practiced their skills while waiting on the food.
Dad, Mike Jones, watched the preparations as Bruce and Shawn got the food ready for the table.
Anxious eyes watch as the food is spread out on the newspapers to drain the food and allow everyone to just "dig in".
enough for an army but the shrimp was the prize. They all loved
the shrimp. We had sent Bruce on an errand earlier to buy them
several pounds of shrimp to go into the new cooler packed in dry ice to
accompany them back to Thompson Station, Tennessee.
We have such great corn here also to go with the rest of the food.
Amy and I finally got our chance to pose with the children.
came though again with some glow in the dark gizzmos to round out the
day. The shrimp cooler and money for the trip home was thanks to
a nice lady who rode the boat with us that first day and wanted to help
with the project. It was the finishing touch to a great week.
said my goodbyes because they were leaving early and I needed a sleep
in morning because the next day would be a killer for me with early
gallery stretching on into the evening as it was Artrageous Art Walk
evening once again. But on Sunday I finally found my first Sea
Turtle nest. Turtle season had been off to a slow start with out
first nests coming in a month later than usual. The whole
summer would prove to be slow. My theory is that it had a lot to
do with the colder than usual winter keeping
the water colder, longer than usual...even the whales went
further South than they usually go for their birthing.
this gal had fought hard to find a good safe place to lay her eggs.
She had dug a nest chamber lower down but then decided to go
higher up the dune to lay the actual nest.
can tell by the tracks in the sand the timing as her tracks came in as
the tide was high and her outgoing tracks left many hours later as the
tide had moved on down the beach. She laid one more nest right
next to this one about 10 days later, and had made a couple of false
crawls that did not
result in a nest. We don't know why they do this, sometimes there
is a real reason, people, dogs or other animals intruding in their
space, sometimes not any reason that we can see, but the turtle may
know things we don't.
Willets were hanging out in what could have been a family group or maybe
part of the mating ritual since I usually see them hanging out solo on
the beach at other times of the year.
big blue crab was dining on some unknown fish part in the edge of the
river. I don't usually see them very often although I know they
are there and I am always threating to go crabbing because I love crab
meat a lot.
Our first nest had been laid the day before and was the first of only 11 nests. We screened the nests although
they were not bothered by the fox this year. We did have someone
continuing to allow their dog to run loose on the beach, and we think it may have kept
one turtle from laying its nest with the dog's tracks following the turtle
tracks up the dune. There are not supposed to be any dogs on the
beach in the park but so many people think all rules are made for other
have two kinds of rabbits on the island, the Cottontail and the Marsh
Rabbit. This is the Cottontail and was next to the pier in the
park. They have longer ears, the typical white fluffy tail, and a
more even color to their coat.
was a mystery to me. It was a Whale Watch boat and I am not
sure what that meant. Since it is unlawful to try to get near the
Right Whales which we have in the winter I am not sure what this was
doing in our port unless it was a whale study group. However our
whales had already left the area for the year.
took a picture of Kenneth (but not this one) with his colorful umbrella
which won a competition in a Tourist Promo Contest. He has not
been fishing as much this year as he usually is. In the past I
have been able to count on him being there every day except Friday when
he mows the church yard and Sundays when he is in church.
Some big boats leave a very uniform wake which I thought interesting.
Dragonflys have filled the air this summer but are so hard to photograph. These are a large size.
Some mornings are just so glassy that the sun glistens on the smooth surface.
this is a Marsh Rabbit, and this is Ms. Wabbit from last year. It
was a surprise to have her come hopping up for her carrot. We had
thought she was killed last year when we found a dead rabbit in our
front yard near our front step a few weeks after she had quit showing
up. We wrongly assumed it was her. Early in the summer she came hopping up for
her carrot as if nothing had changed. But a lot had changed, and
she was on a mission.
had brought this little guy with her and left him for us to take care
of for her. She left him in my flower garden just beside the
patio where she had stayed when she was here. He has been there
until this week, growing into a fine looking rabbit and eating carrots
out of our hands just like momma. She did come back a couple of
time as if to check and see if the baby was alright. I left town
for a week last week, but without me her to give him/her carrots the young one has
not been seen since I returned. I put his carrots out just in
case he comes back. He usually will come when I call "Bunny" but
not this week.
Plovers had chicks up and down the river beach from the pier to past
the Fort so great care had to be taken to make sure that we didn't hit
one of the little ones who blend in very nicely with the sand.
You can see that a Marsh Rabbit does not have the big cottontail.
Our little one grew and loved his carrots.
Lacy has continued to check in with us almost daily. Both of us
look pretty chubby here, but both of us have dropped a few pounds now.
Lacy has finally become a momma and I just cut back on the food.
Lacy had such horrible summers with the larva of the Botfly
infesting her skin with huge boil like sores causing her to lose or not
be able to raise babies. Starting back in the winter I gave her a
medicine that I had hoped would prevent the larva from surviving once
it hatched out and before it was able to grow large. Finally Lacy
stayed healthy enough to have her first litter of little ones.
She dropped a lot of weight and we did not see her for 2 to three
weeks while they were tiny as she hardly left them at all. Then
she got so she would run over for a snack at almost dark. The
first time she came she acted like she was starving and started eating
peanuts on the spot rather than carry them off like usual.
summer has flown by too quickly I have just returned from a week with
my mom and aunt Helen. It has been a very eventful Summer and Fall thus far
as I look back and wonder where Summer went. Lots to tell just
hope I can get it all caught up. As of now I have had three, yes thats
right, three new adoptees, three tiny squirrels who are now about 6
weeks old. Lots of photos will follow as they are 3 times as cute
as just raising one. It may get pretty hectic though before they
are ready to release.
T-Shirts for this years Save the Turtle
T-Shirts will be ready in about a week to order and will be done
locally to save time and assure quality. I will be sending out
order forms as soon as I get a mock up.