Destin, day 3

Finally, I can blog from our condo! The wireless won’t be fixed (it’s a bad router), but I’m plugged into the ethernet.

Last night we decided to eat at A.J.’s at the marina. Unfortunately for me, it seems that seafood restaurants have very little in the way of vegetarian selections. The best thing I could come up with was cheese sticks and a salad. We walked around the docks for a bit after that and then went to buy ourselves two non-leaking floats. This is me at A.J.’s:

This morning we went down to the beach again and found that most of the algae had been replaced by jellyfish. There were much bigger waves, so we borrowed some boogie boards from a talkative guy named Steve that we met yesterday. We probably hadn’t been in the water fifteen minutes when I felt something stingy slither across my leg… Before long everyone was just sitting around looking at the water, because it had too many jellyfish to swim.

After we got cleaned up we decided to check out the relatively new Gator Beach at Fudpuckers. It’s a free alligator exhibit under their big outdoor dock. All the alligators they have are small, and you can even go “fishing” for them with alligator snacks on a long rope.

When we got back we got our crab-hunting gear and went down to the beach again. We weren’t there long before it started to sprinkle and we could see lightning out on the ocean, so we gave our crabs to Coda (a guy we met on the beach last night with his family) and his little brother and went back to the condo.

Tomorrow morning we’re going parasailing. We’ll be taking pictures with a disposable camera (just in case!).

– Karen

Destin, day 2

Hello again! This time I’m typing to you from the Maravilla clubhouse, which just so happens to have free wifi. Our internet still is not fixed, although it might be by tomorrow.

After we left Panera Bread and went back to the condo last night, we arrived to see a fire truck and a crowd of people outside the building. Turns out that a transformer blew, and we didn’t get the power back until about 10:00. In the meantime, we headed down to the beach with bucket and net in tow to see what kinds of friendly sea creatures we might meet.

The first one we met, before it got dark, was a jellyfish. We caught it, looked at it for a while, and then threw it back in. When it started to get darker we began to look for ghost crabs, those tiny white ones that come up out of the sand at night. At first we didn’t think we would have any luck, but before long they were everywhere! We caught about 12, and there are pictures of both the jellyfish and the ghost crabs on flickr.

This morning we went back to the beach to swim again. There was still a purple flag up, but I didn’t see any  jellyfish all day. Mainly I saw seaweed…there was lots more of it! We took our mask and flippers, so I swam around underwater in the seaweed jungle for quite some time. While I was down there, I happened to see something that looked like a ball of algae on the sand…but when I touched it with my net it moved. Turns out it was a pufferfish! You can see him in the flickr badge to the right. He hung out with us under our umbrella and attracted interested kids most of the day. I learned later that he was actually a burrfish, and that if I had tickled him on the stomach he would have readily inflated himself.

In a few minutes we’re going to eat at some seafood restaurant or another. Then we’re going to find some pre-inflated floats, because it turns out that out air pump is incredibly slow and our floats have leaks. Be sure to look at the pictures on flickr; see you tomorrow!

– Karen

Destin, Day 1(ish)

Right now I’m sitting in Panera Bread, the free wireless paradise. I actually came here to talk to Matt…but it seems that I’ve been replaced by Dr. Rogers.

We got to Destin around 7:30 yesterday and walked on the beach and took pictures of the moon… Then when we got back to our condo and I tried to connect to the internet, I realized that the router wasn’t working. As it turns out, the internet isn’t working at all at the moment, and the main office isn’t open until tomorrow. I hope we can get it fixed soon…I’m pretty sure I can’t survive (much) without easy access to wireless the whole week.

This morning we went down to the beach and were greeted by a purple flag ( = marine pests). Turns out there have been lots of jellyfish floating around lately. There were also lots of small pieces of seaweed. The kind that feel like jellyfish tentacles, of course. Surprisingly, there were hardly any waves this morning. We’re hoping there will be later…the ocean isn’t very exciting without any waves!

I don’t know what we’re doing tomorrow besides going to the beach in the morning. As soon as I take some good pictures I will post them — the ones of the moon last night aren’t on my computer yet. Anyway, with any luck our internet will be up and running soon. And if not, I’ll see you later at Panera Bread.

– Karen