We spent the long weekend camping at Blue Spring State Park. The first night we were walking back from the bathroom in the dark and I jumped to get out of the way of a car and misjudged Breighton’s location and crashed into him. This lead to me skinning two knees, badly skinning an elbow and arm, and having bruises all over my back. Mom got me cleaned up and dad got me bandaged up. We cut socks to slide over to hold on the gauze and keep oozing off my sheets. An ice cream cone helped distract me as the tylenol kicked in.
Feeling better and excited for manatees! There were about 15 that we saw in the morning. The nights were getting colder so we were in high hopes of seeing many more.
Friday we went out to a “surprise”. I was so excited to go to the make your own pancake place! It is called Old Sugar Mill. I loved my pancakes with peanut butter mixed in and chocolate chips on top.
We explored De Leon Springs , where the restaurant was located, and headed back to Blue Spring for the afternoon.Â
We walked along the boardwalk at Blue Spring and saw many manatee and a rather huge gator! This was a cool sculpture of a manatee too!
We took an eco boat tour along the St. Johns River and saw many more critters. We learned a lot of history of the area.
There were lots of wading birds and even a few alligators.
The river was so calm and peaceful. I am glad we took the morning tour because the tour was near empty too!
On Sunday we got up really early and explored the spring head again. The temperature was a chilly 45F! There were lots of manatees in the spring head this morning. We watched them roll and play for a long time.
I am finally coming around to this diving thing. Every class I get more and more brave.
We have spent the evenings working on material for the Marine Ecology Contest. I have been working extra hard.
The contest was on Saturday so Friday we drove over and stayed in a hotel near by. We spent some time at Disney Springs.
We were up early and to the contest and eager to go. I was nervous and decided I never wanted to do this again. It was so many people!
As I went through the sections I got more and more comfy. I had a good reader with me who acted more as my emotional companion.
It was finally over! Time to relax and let our brains go jiggly.
We were able to walk though and see the samples with the names on them. I figured I missed 2. Sometimes the contests are really close in scores so I figured I didn’t get anything. The awards started. I got an honorable mention for a photograph I took! I called it Kayak Resting Place.
The team awards were next. Pinellas County Juniors got 2nd place!!! YAY! I was so excited!
Individual awards are always so hard to win. I knew for sure I missed two so figured I was eliminated. Somehow I got 2nd place! There was a 3 way tie for 1st place! I skipped and giggled all the way to get my award.
SO HAPPY and excited!
I am the youngest kid on the team and this was my first year competing.
Showing off our awards!
We got back in town and spent the weekend setting up fish tanks and then getting new fish. Most of my fish died before the weekend was up but I am hopeful we will find a happy balance for them.
Celebrating my good week with some crazy twisty jumping things at diving class.
We had an amazing time at the campground. We took a long walk to dinner the first night and saw lots of deer. They were so close to us!
I helped set up the inflatables for the campsite. I love the dogs!
Being silly after dinner at Artist’s Point. We had a lovely site with great neighbors.
On Saturday Mom drove us up to Gainesville for the Forest Ecology Clinic. I really got into it and learned a lot. I think I will do well this year at the contest. I even got to spend time with the main leaders learning to identify some plants.
I was all ears in the map session and quick to spout out answers.
I learned compass skills and then we went outside to test our skills. I was great at finding coordinates.
Back at the campground for some swimming and Pokemon Go before bed.
We loved the Hoop-De-Doo Review show. I thought the music and play were HILARIOUS!
We scootered around a lot and explored on our own while Mom and Dad relaxed. I enjoyed the golf cart parade. We ran into some friends and enjoyed time with them. Mom even went scootering with us several times. I was Kilo Ren again this year for Halloween and this was also the first year B and I went out on our own trick-or-treating. The campground is always my favorite place to go trick or treating when we camp!
We were excited to get our National Park Quarters this weekend from Grandma Jo and Grandpa Howie. We visited them at the Disney Campground and then they came over for dinner at Turkey Lake to visit us. Â Grandma Jo gave us the next set of quarters and we had fun reading about the new parks.
Over the weekend we helped with the 4-H table at the St Petersburg Science Festival. We helped Mr. Sandy with the school days crowds.
I helped catch and return prop copters and helped keep things organized.
Also this week we had a 4-H meeting at PJs Oyster Bar in Indian Rocks Beach. We learned about their seafood and where it comes from a nd how it is prepared.
We got a kitchen tour and had a lovely field trip.
Oh we all call free fountain drinks… I picked WATER!
On the way home we stopped at Ward’s Seafood to look at some of the fish. We are working hard on our Marine Ecology Contest studying.