Went to visit the turtle rehab. Poor drunk turtles needing the 12 step program! Oh, its not AA for turtles? Its because us humans SUCK and litter the beaches?? How rude.
And this was the coolest thing ever-it is a momma octopus babysitting her eggs (over 50,000 of them!), making sure they get fresh water and oxygen. Jenn watched her for forever.
Then we celebrated Valentine’s Day since we weren’t going to be home on Sunday:
Sunday we (Chris, Lyz, Jenn and I) got up early and headed to Daytona International Speedway! We got there at 6am and had breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Then we played cards, walked around through the free stuff area. And this is where I did my something scary for the day. In fact, I think it should qualify for my something scary for the whole year. Oh My Word. Do you know what Drifting is??? Well the four of us each did it. I got into the passenger side of the car and then THIS happened. I don’t like cars. I don’t even ride go-karts when everyone else does, I’m just the official photographer. Not fun in my eyes. But, I did it. They had given us hand signals to give the drivers in case we wanted to slow down. Um, no don’t slow down. If you slow down it will never end. But we all lived. I even said afterward that it was scarier watching Chris, Lyz and Jenn do it than doing it myself. I was more worried about them crashing and burning.
Then we grilled, played cards and waited for the race to start! It was so much fun!!
The race was a bit long, due to a pothole causing 2.5 hours of red flag, but it didn’t matter to us! Neither did the freezing cold weather!! Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Lyz, Chris and Jenn’s favorite driver) finished second in an awesome move going from 10th to 2nd in a lap!! My driver, Eliott Sadler, finished in the 20’s because he wrecked. He had been in the top 5 most of the race!
Monday was the official beach day. Lyz and I had joked earlier in the week that it didn’t matter what the temp was, or if we had to bundle up like burritos, we were going to the beach! But it turned out to be a beautiful day!! It was also awesome because there were shells, crabs and starfish EVERYWHERE!! It was so amazing!
And we must have listened to too much radio because the CLADmobile’s battery died. But it is okay, because Jenn, who has been begging for jumper cables for a million years, was given a roadside emergency kit for her birthday last year from CLAD!
Monday evening we went Ghost Hunting!! Jenn is a huge ghost hunting fan so Chris surprised her by planning a ghost hunting trip. We were supposed to do it two other times during our stay, but it was always raining. We didn’t mind, and we don’t think ghosts mind the rain either, but Avery and Delaney would have!!
The tour was very interesting. Our guide was exactly what you would expect a ghost guide to be like, a little off the wall, very opinionated etc. She made a couple of comments about icky cops and donut shops…um, maybe you should get to know your audience a little!! The stories were very interesting to listen to, we plan on stalking her website so that we can follow up on an investigation she is currently doing. I think next year when are there we will walk through the cemetery in the daylight to see better some of the things she was talking about! We did get a few cool pictures.
This is a picture of a cat. The cat had been following us throughout the entire tour, it was kinda creepy. Anywho, this picture is clearly not a cat, and we don’t tend to believe in the orbs are ghosts theory, but it is just weird.
I would say it was the cat’s eyes, but I got pictures of the cats eyes later that don’t look anything like the above. Just weird.
I spent most of my time just snapping pictures, hey ya never know what you are going to find. I got this cool misty picture:
And here is Chris and Jenn trying to figure out what a weird hissing noise really was (instead of a radio on an off channel):
I guess we were all hyped up to be scared because when we got home I was flipping over our seashells to make sure they were getting nice and dry when ONE MOVED. I started freaking out and made Lyz come look, who made Jenn come look, who went and woke up Chris so he could come look. There were some strange animals in some of our shells!!
We tried to create our own little seashell emergency room, but it didn’t work 😦 When we got up in the morning the sink had emptied itself.
Tuesday we moped. We didn’t wanna go home. So we went to the beach again. It was realllllly cold, but we had food to get rid of and knew that the seabirds were simply itching for a buffet. Delaney is so funny to watch when we feed the birds! This time we gave her a bag of stale chips. She would feed herself one, then pretend to throw a few at the birds, but just eat those too.
Avery loves feeding them too. She was over being afraid of them (after being bit by one earlier in the week) and had a wonderful time throwing them bagels and bread:
Chris had a huge bag of stale kettle corn and enjoyed throwing it at me hoping the birds would scare me. Only I didn’t notice UNTIL ONE FLEW INTO MY HEAD!!
Lyz and Jenn enjoyed feeding the birds all of our wasted lunchmeats. The birds LOVED it too.
Then we took family pictures:
And look!! Jenn and I rank in the world! Our Christmas card was up in the family photos!
(I’m sure you can’t find it, but I can. It is on the second shelf, all the way to the right behind the white picture frame!)
We said tearful goodbyes, loaded up the cars and drove home. Let me tell you, it is very odd going from this:
That would be our back patio after the snowplosion of 2010.
We had a WONDERFUL trip to Florida this year. With our WONDERFUL CLAD. Thank you for sharing a condo, a vacation, and your lives with us CLAD…we love you!!
See you in 2011 Florida!