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We headed out to Jupiter Beach last weekend for a late-night turtle walk. And to my surprise, SUCCESS! There were several nests already marked, and we watched as one turtle made its way up the beach. I guess it didn’t like the sand, though, because it waddled back to the ocean pretty quickly — quick, for a turtle.

I thought that was pretty cool just to catch a glimpse of a turtle, but then, TURTLE SCORE! As we were walking along the beach, heading back to our car, we witnessed a turtle laying eggs! It was awesome!! We were on the beach for an hour or so, just watching the turtle mom carve out the perfect egg nest with her back fins. Then, egg-laying extravaganza!!

What a way to kick off the Fourth of July!!

A-ha! This guy was up in our tree — and I KNOW he’s the one (or his girlfriend, or brother, or whoever) that’s been leaving poop by my pool deck. I mean, poolside drinks, poolside volleyball, fine. But poolside pooping is jut going too far. I don’t care if you’re a member of the procyonidae family or not.

I wish I could buy an island.  You know, all Sir Richard Branson-like.  I’d pimp it out with hammocks made from the strongest and softest, eco-friendly material around, and then I’d invite Madonna to hang out.  Unfortunately, I’ve yet to own an airline or record company, so my island-ownership is limited.  For now, though, I just like to find myself upon a small spoil island somewhere along the Intracoastal waterway (ICW).

Spoil islands are islands composed of dredge soil,which stirred up as a result of dredging the channels.  I just read this about theislands in our area: “The great majority of islands resulted from dredging associated with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway between 1951 and 1961.” Some spoil islands are sand and vegetation, but others, like Peanut Island are all fancied up with designated camp sites, picnic areas, partyers, etc.

Check out the lil’ spot we hung out at this weekend:

Our island for the day - I even found that chair on it!

view of the root system of a fallen tree

these lil' guys were swimming around us everywhere!

Oh the dog days of summer.  (I actually don’t know the meaning of that phrase, but I’ve heard it at least three or four times in the last three days.)  I’ve been here … sweating and sticking in the humidity, stocking up on Vitamin D, carbo-loading, working on shaking that Pace-family fishing curse, dreaming up our next adventure.  The summer usual, I guess.

Check out some pics of the summer so far:

can't get enough sunsets

our favorite mode of transportation

napping the summer away!

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