Upon arriving, at what was not our first or even second destination, Drew found this gopher tortoise in the parking lot. We started out this morning heading for Blue Springs, which is one of the last of the local springs that the girls have not yet seen. I went there often when I lived in New Smyrna, and when Meegan was pregnant with Lily, she wanted to visit this Spring whenever possible. Saturdays are horrible for these sort of outings though, and when we arrived the park was already at capacity, with a long line and a sign reporting a 2 to 3 hour wait. So we took a vote and Drew's fear of sharks were not enough to sway Lily and myself away from New Smyrna.
After a visit with the grandparents, we headed down to the Dune park, a place I have loved since a boy, but oh yes, that too was at capacity. So I tried the North park, but no luck, Flagler, keep going, and finally we settled in at the parking lot next to Mi Mexico. A good thing I am a fisherman, otherwise I may not have had the patience, but I am glad we kept looking.
Best I can tell, these are a type of snail, and with help from "Google", they appear to be Lettered Olives. The girls watch too much nature programming with me, so when I said snail, they did not want to pick them up. When I asked why, they referred me to these - Brazilian Cone Snail . Well, I have picked these up before and am sure that it is not the same thing.
There was also a bit of a sand sculpting competition or exhibition, running at Flagler. We stopped here for lunch at Breaker's, then grabbed some ice cream and went back to the sculptures.
The burgers here are incredible, and the open window in front of me lets in a wonderful, salty breeze. I miss living over here. Their hamburgers are quite robust, but after a day of playing at the beach, everyone finished theirs with ease.
2 Scoops, but one napkin each, and that didn't cut it with this heat. We finished our ice cream and checked out some more sand sculpting. At first it looked like DC, but then there was Marvel, and even Disney's Little Mermaid trying to escape the evil Ursula.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.