Location: Heading back to GA along the long lonely road of I-16.
Lunch Stop: L & I are reading aloud Eat More Chikin: Inspire More People in preparation for a field trip to the corporate office of Chick-fil-A, so she begged to stop at Chick-fil-A in Beaufort for lunch. This trip we finally read the chapter as to how Chick-fil-A began. On the wall was one of his quotes, Food is essential for life, therefore make it good. Our food was enjoyed by all.
Our sunrise excursion gave us a good start to the day so we actually had the camper packed up and were off the site by 10:30. We headed over to the nature center hoping to have them identify some of our photographed creatures only to find they were closed. After a stroll on the fishing pier enjoying the company of some animated asian ladies fishing for crabs, a fisherman that had his line snapped by a very large and fast fish, and a couple pointing out frolicking dolphins, we were on the road by 11:30 a.m.
We had a fairly uneventful ride chatting with K as she was getting ready for bed on the ship in Malta.
One diversion was a gas stop off of 16 at a BP gas station that also has a "petting" zoo. For $1 per person we got to see a menagerie of creatures bending the wire fencing straining to get at the meager bag of food we carefully tossed their way. Perhaps the most entertaining, and sad, creature was the huge toothless bull that opened his mouth giving the clue that we were to throw the food onto his tongue. A far cry from the natural habitat that we had been experiencing for the past week.
7 p.m. We pulled into our familiar cul-de-sac ready for dinner, ready to rejoin J&E and to get ready to head back to Konos in the morning.
Swarms of mosquitoes feasting on exposed flesh kept us from hanging around outside the camper until now. Finally the temperatures dipped to a range that kept the pests to minimum - well, that and powerful bug spray and sitting in the smoke from the fire. But tonight was the night for the steak dinner grilled on the open flames followed by s'mores. It was worth every itchy bite.
When some of us left for the beach, C was surprised as the raccoons began to circle. One snuck up from behind and snagged the bag of marshmallows right from his side, while another snatched a potato from the fire. No timidity in these creatures!
On the last day, finally, dad was able to accompany D to the lagoon to fish. Within the first ten minutes this is what he caught. We think it is a Red Drum about 18" (so still an adolescent). The black spot on his back (covered by D's hand) C thought was a disease, but it is characteristic of this fish.
"I do not like the cone of shame." This statement of Doug's in the movie Up keeps going through our minds as we see poor Baxter's cone restricting her from biting at her side. If she had a device to let her talk as Doug does, I think Baxter would be saying the same thing. Though as an obedient, master-pleasing Lab that she is, she is learning to cope - as well as frequently running into walls and furniture and occasionally getting stuck in odd places like on a door knob.
L's motivation is to get the restlessness from her legs before she sits down to school work. Mine is to regain that "I exercise 6 days a week" body that doesn't seem to come about any other way. As we dodge the swift moving golf carts driving toward the high school we've been enjoying talking and spending time with our faithful beast, Baxter.