It's the only certified turtle hospital in the country. Their mission is to treat/rescue sea turtles that aren't doing well on their own. They have an interesting visitor center plus multiple tanks and pools housing turtles that are awaiting treatment/surgery, recovering from surgery or are simply housed there because they can't be returned to the sea.
The staff does a great job of bringing personality to the turtles and the place seems full of love. If you love turtles, then the Turtle Hospital is a great outing.
|Turtle Hospital Resident|
This was kind of like a behind the scenes tour at Sea World. You can easily spend the day there. Each half hour they have a new program. The programs include small setting talks by staff members about all subjects related to Dolphins. All these programs were well presented. But the most exciting programs were those poolside. These programs were conducted by the trainers so you had the opportunity to watch the dolphin's training up close. This included all the Sea World tricks and maybe more. Listening to the dolphins talk was delightful! It was just another great day.
|The dolphins loved to talk.........|
|And just chill after all that jumping!|
|They splashed and played|
|And this guy even painted a t-shirt!|
|This fellow took a walk with his trainer|
|Waving goodbye (kind of)|
|Beach at Bahia Honda State Park|
The second night here we attended a mighty unique ranger program. The subject was the Night Sky. We assumed it was going to be about stars etc. To a small degree it was, but it was more about light pollution and enjoying the clarity of a dark sky. The program was held at a small outdoor "theater" by the sea. It was very dark! The ranger was a very pleasant fellow and his presentation included a dude with a guitar. The ranger would share some info, pause with a poetic quote and then the guitar man would kick in with a song. It was quite unique, very pleasant and informative.
We've gone to Key West twice since we've been here. On the 10th we went to the Zachery Taylor State Park which includes Fort Zachary Taylor. Debbie loved the fort...not, but she was a good sport.
|Here's the history in case your interested|
|Inside the Fort|
|The view from the top of the fort was pleasant|
|B.O.'s Fish Wagon|
|Unique and fun!|
|Statues around Mallory Square. The artist is a statue as is.........|
|the fellow lying under the statues. Gotta love the Key West sense of humor!|
|This street performer was sooooo good (and funny)! Loved him!|
|Sunset View at Mallory Square|
12 December, we went back to Key West. This time we took our bikes and spent some time just riding through neighborhoods checking out the unique dwellings. Many of these places we might call shacks but they call them hundreds of thousands of dollars. We spent some time at the free Eco-Discovery Center. Then cruised to the "other side" of Key West where we found some great beaches and another wonderful location to watch the sunset in a more sedate setting. While there Debbie was endlessly entertained with some pelicans diving for their dinner.
|Pelicans getting set up for their dive|
|We couldn't tell if they ever got anything|
|The day is ending|
|And the pelicans fly away into the sunset|
Today is very windy! We're just "chillin" at our campsite. Shortly we're headed for the post office to, imagine this, see if we have any mail. Being on the move means that we (which means Debbie) must keep our mail forwarding service advised of our location so they can forward our mail to general delivery.