Destin, days 4-5

Hello again! I somehow forgot to blog yesterday, so now you get two days worth of blogging for the price of one.

Yesterday morning we went parasailing. There were 10 other people on the boat with us, but we were the first ones up. Once we were in the air, it seemed like we were hardly moving at all. The whole trip was a lot of fun, even watching everyone else go up. We didn’t do too much the rest of the day except shop a little, and plan for our snorkeling adventure…

We got down to the docks around 9:00 and were shuttled to the snorkeling boat. We swam out by the jetties for most of the morning looking for fun fish and avoiding the jellyfish (which there weren’t very many of). We tried taking some pictures with the underwater camera, but unfortunately none of them turned out very good. We also walked over to the other side of the jetties where the waves were, and I proceeded to get stung by jellyfish three times. We took the shuttle boat back to the docks around 1:00.

On the way back, we stopped at a beach store to pick up some friends that I’d been waiting for. One of them is a present from Destin for Matt. (Hi Matt!) I’ve always wanted one of these little guys…

On the left is Michaelangelo the yellow-bellied slider. On the right is Piper the red eared slider.

Michelangelo (left) and Piper

Michelangelo is a yellow-bellied slider and Piper is a red eared slider. These silver dollar-sized turtles are excellent swimmers and will spend most of their time either playing in the water or basking under the special UV bulb I got for them. They’re tiny now, but they will get bigger eventually.

After getting the new turtles settled into their temporary house we got started on our trek back to the other end of town for supper at The Lucky Snapper. Happily, they offered lots of vegetables and a view of the harbor. We even got some pictures of a sailboat and a seagull nest.

Later we took a few pictures on the beach and then walked down to Pompano Joe’s for key lime pie (which was very good). Tomorrow we are swimming at the beach for the last time and possibly renting sea kayaks. Let’s hope for no jellyfish in the morning!

– Karen

5 thoughts on “Destin, days 4-5

  1. Granny and I are glad that you all are having a great time. Looking forward to seeing you late Sat. but will see Matt tonight

  2. The turtles will get to be somewhere in between 5 and 12 inches. Females get bigger than males, but it’s not possible to tell when they’re this little. If Michelangelo turns out to be a girl…her name will become Michelle Angelina. (Matt named Michelangelo, btw). I named mine Piper because I wanted something that would work for either gender. They are quite friendly — they will already stop what they’re doing and look up at me when I talk to them.

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