Monday, February 11, 2013

Turtles and Tranquility

Every Friday, instead of going to our sites for the day, we have a member training meeting. The topics that we cover at these meetings vary depending on the month and what's going on. This past Friday, we were originally supposed to go on an Everglades trip, but this was changed at the last minute. Instead, we headed up to Juno Beach and went to the Loggerhead Marina. This marina is known as a hub for rehabbing injured sea turtles. The staff here help rehabilitate the turtles with the intent of setting them free back into the ocean when they are ready to do so. We spent some time looking at the turtles that they are currently working with and then enjoyed a cookout provided by our supervisors, Brad and Audrey. Following eating, we headed down to the beach and took in some rays and enjoyed each other's company. Definitely a great Friday meeting!

Saturday, instead of heading up the Universal in Orlando, my friend Cathy and I decided to head over to the other side of the peninsula to take in Western Florida and see what it had to offer. We rolled out of Boynton in the morning and ended up in Fort Myers. While there we headed to the J.N. Ding's Darling National Wildlife Reserve on Sanibel Island. It was nice to be away from the city and out in the middle of nature. We walked about 4 miles enjoying the trails and sights that the reserve had to offer. Following our time outside, we headed to a little hamburger shop that definitely had the feel of a 60's drive through stop. It was very vintage and made amazing milkshakes! After "fueling" up, we headed to the beach and spent the rest of our time strolling up and down the Gulf of Mexico. The time away from Boynton was definitely needed and helped recharge me for the upcoming week!
Gulf of Mexico and the Fort Myers Pier
Cathy and I taking in the wildlife preserve
Loving the sign Schnapper's!

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