Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sebastian Inlet

Sebastian Inlet 1/15/18
Dear friends, thanks for your patience, at least from most of you...We have experienced a computer disaster and had to start from the beginning and redo last week's blog. We have divided this post into two sections, so if we lose one, it will only be half a disaster... : ( 

We arrived at Sebastian Inlet State Park on a blustery day where the RED flag was flying
on the beach meaning "High hazard, high surf and/or strong currents". 
A couple of days later the PURPLE flag is added meaning, "Dangerous marine life". 
And what happens next? Welcome to the pro-surfing competition! “Let’s be safe out there!”

The beach terns facing the photographer...or maybe just facing into the wind...

Surfers at Sebastian Inlet

Sunset at Sebastian Inlet
Kennedy Space Center - Cape Canaveral 1/16/18

We visited NASA's Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral which has changed quite a bit since we visited in 1973. Our tax dollars do not support the center and that is reflected in the price of tickets for two seniors $98 plus $10 parking. In spite of the cost, we really enjoyed our visit, spending our time on a bus tour of the complex and extended visiting time at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where a re-enactment of the first moon landing using the original command center, voice recordings and video was thrilling. We also viewed the Space Shuttle Atlantis including a shuttle launch experience, Journey to Mars and  Science on a Sphere. All were well done. It really helped us recall the era of early manned missions and exploration. Although the complex was not crowded on the day we visited, there were 1.7 million visitors in 2016.
Diane under the Saturn V engines
Rocket assembly building

First moon landing

Kennedy Space Center is home to Space Shuttle Atlantis

The Rocket Garden displays the early rockets of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions.

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge - 1/17/18

Paul Kroegel, a German immigrant lived near Pelican Island and in the 1880s he took an interest in the birds and the island. He would sail to the island to stand guard and protect the birds from hunters who wanted kill and skin the birds for their plumage, selling it for women’s hats. In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt made Pelican Island the first National Wildlife Refuge. Paul Kroegel was hired as the first warden of Pelican Island.

Great Blue Heron
Mangrove Buckeye butterfly

This spider was actually a lot smaller than it appears in the photo.

Strangler fig just starting its grip of a palm.

An ibis in the mangroves. I really like this photo. (Nice photo George)

...and my favorite "wiggly" tree, a live oak.

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