Penultimate week

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

We made the last "jump" from the Gulf coast to the Atlantic side somewhat sadly, knowing that this part of our adventure is nearly over. I say this part, because we fully intend to return before too long to continue, so once again we will put "stuff" into store. Yesterday we raised our glasses of Guinness to Leo & Co who are in Dublin to celebrate his birthday,trying not to feel as old as we are! We are camped at "Camelot" an RV park just outside Melbourne, we have now returned to the area where we were in December 06 after our dash south from NH away from their snow. As with several of the sites we have stayed in, we were guided to our spot and then the camp host directed Malc onto the pad - this service is obviously to protect their fixtures, the electrical hook up and tap etc from less than careful drivers and their navigators. Some campgrounds advertise this service as "a marriage saver" I think Malc would probably agree with this, given our sometimes "heated" exchanges when I try to do it! - even after all this time. Anyway we had a nice spot towards the back of the park on a site where there had once been a mobile home - it had blown away in the hurricane of 2004 and had not been replaced. We are separated from the "sea" by the main road that runs parallel to the coast.
I say sea, they call it a river and a lagoon, it is actually the inter coastal waterway that lies between us and the long sand bar  which further north is home to Cape Canaveral. The shore is littered with piers that stretch out like eager fingers into the shallow water, some have not stood up to the storms as well as others but all make an attractive backdrop.

Again the site is full of snowbirds that will soon be migrating back home, does that make us snowbirds too I wonder?
The first day of spring was heralded in with heavy rain,
but it soon cleared and it has been in the 80's ever since. We are going to find it hard when we get back home!

Oh ,did I mention we are only a few yards from the main railway line that also runs parallel to the coast?
We did know about this and have become accustomed to the inevitable rattling and shaking, though the hooter takes a bit more getting used to - especially in the wee small hours.

As you all know by now, I love my wildlife so humouring me yet again we visited Turkey Creek, just a few minutes up the road. This small sanctuary is home to a diverse bird and animal population, set in sand pine forest and hardwood hammock it was a delightful saunter through what seemed like another "jungle". 

 As we wandered through the dense vegetation and beside the sleepy creek we scanned every nook for a glimpse of the elusive wildlife. We were rewarded as we looked up by this fellow, feasting upon an unlucky fish!
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