Hunting Island Day 1

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Monday, May 7, 2018

It’s always fun arriving at a new place, anxious to explore and see what is here. We walked out the long boardwalk into a huge marsh. It was low tide and they haven’t had rain for 12 days, so the only water was in the creeks. I was disappointed not to find birds, but it gave us an opportunity to see all the animals that provide food. One inch crabs were everywhere. They live in little holes with mounds of dirt making hills from their tunneling. There were abundant Periwinkle snails and mussels. A raccoon was feasting through the grass, barely looking up to see if we were a threat. 

Then we visited the little nature center where two volunteers gave us some great lessons about the park and where Martha could kayak. We headed over to the lighthouse for the 187 steps to the top. It wasn’t bad, and it provided a beautiful view of the park. 

Tuesday

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We photographed lots of birds gathered in a small pond beside the road. We would stop at the next pond north the following day, only to get caught by a very nice park ranger. I noticed the sign said not to approach the birds because they were nesting. Especially the wood storks can be scared off and never return to the nest. In an odd quirk of nature, the birds like this pond because it has alligators. Lots of animals like to eat bird eggs, particularly raccoons, but alligators like to eat raccoons.

  5 comments for “Hunting Island Day 1

  1. LeRoy Adam Bruton
    May 11, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Looks ike you are having a great time and a good time of year to be doing this in that area before it gets so hot and humid. Greg, you should be a National Geographic photographer. Great work.
    Going to see Ga. Tech and VA.baseball tonight. Sorry you are stuck in the swamps. You both are such good company. Weather here has been real nice the last few days. Enjoy!

    • May 11, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      We’re enjoying the trip LeRoy, but it is hot today at 96 degrees. For the first time, we have the air conditioner on. In Hunting Island, the ocean breezes kept it cool at night for perfect sleeping. Sorry to miss the ball game with you. No greater way to pass an evening in a great atmosphere with great company.

  2. C K
    May 11, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I do so envy you these trips got a cap from Dr. Remington that I don’t like – will have to go back on that one….

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  3. Lawrence Brannon
    May 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Greg, I just love your travel log!! You have such an excellent eye for photography. Larry

    • May 15, 2018 at 7:34 am

      It’s all because of the nice camera bag you gave me Larry!

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