Sunday, December 28, 2008


Tonight's secret camp is in Naples. Its not so secret but it should work

On the way we saw about 20 wood storks next to the interstate. How cool is

Ding Darling NWR

We saw many waders at DDNWR today.

It was unbelievable how close you could get to the waders.


Sitting on the beach at the Sanibel causeway.

Tons of people and boats were out there today. Too many.

Then we went to Ding Darling NWR.

burrowing owl

In the center is a burrowing owl. I took some great photos of them today.


Was really good at Cracker barrel.


A few pics from the first couple days.

All loaded up at home.

On the road first thing leaving Charlotte. Traffic got much much worse
later in the day.

One of the new hardened vehicles that replaces the Huumer and protects from
roadside bombs.

We stopped for a rest a a logging storage area. Thousands and thousands
logs. This is a tiny tiny fraction of the logs there. This was in the
edge of Florida.

Traffic by lunchtime on Thursday was unbearable. By far the worst traffic
I've ever seen. It has been that way through Saturday. We finally got off
95 on 301. 301 was very scenic and had much less traffic.


Camp from last night. Not too bad,probably good for these parts. Little
noisy starting at 5am.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


Was a good day. We woke up in a cool place, saw some birds, and had a
good time.

We are parked in Port Charlotte tonight. I hope we don't get chased off.

Tomorrow should be an awesome day including burrowing owls, Sanibel, and

Night night

sandhill cranes

Late this afternoon we got off thee interstate to get out for a few
minutes, let a traffic jam sort out, and figure out what our target
location was for the evening.

As I pulled towards a grassy field (no knoll) I saw two sandhill cranes
feeding! It was way cool.

They are shown in the center. Can you see the birds?

In Ocala. 80 degrees. Jerry Jeff Walker plays on the radio.

Juniper Springs

Stopped at Juniper Springs, looked at the springs but we did not swim.
Raccoons were friendly and abundant.

Night camp at Lake Eaton

There were 100's of vultures, a nice lake and some owls.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Bumper sticker combo

Two bumper stickers you don't expect to be side by side.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Could probably get hip work done here. The Engelhard Medical Center.


Cape Hatteras lighthouse. Its not in Cape Hatteras ya know, its in Buxton.


On the way to Cape Point.

blow boat

The Gypsy Dane hard aground.

Look at the bend in the I beams! Its heavy!!!

Just saw the gypsy dane the hard.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Nite spot

We tried number one island night spot but it wasn't good for tonight so we
went to a backup spot round the road and under the bridge.


The biggest full moon of our lifetime or so I'm told.

Met Ken Mann that does tv shows on UNC tv. He was out trying to make a
moon lighthouse video.


Bodie Island lighthouse was special today. Great lighting....and then

but first


fords are smelly and loud


Had lunch and a nap. Off in search of birds.

Alligator River NWR

Off to ARNWR.

Tons of northern pintail. Plenty of swans, ducks, and lots of bald eagles

View of the lunch spot overlooking thousands of northrn pintail.


Headed to Morgan Futch Gamelands first thing.

Hoped to see an early morning bear but onlt found tracks. Plenty of deer
tracks too but no deer.

Lots of ducks and swans.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

yet more guns

Did I mention they had some .50 caliber sniper rifles?

A giant Bushmaster for $5300.

Bullets are gonna run you $5 per shot though.

Did the best I could with the pics. The glare on the cases was bad for


The next few are photos from the gun store at Mackey's Ferry.

It is amazing how many guns are in this store.

Couple photos of the Judge that fires .45 acp or .410 shotgun shells.

The Glock 34 9mm. It might be my next gun.

The Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm, another canditate.

Plenty of AR 15's left. Better get'm while you can.

Lots of bathroom guns too. 18" barrel on a 20 guage shotgun would probably

The store has downsides... the smoke knocks you out the door. The people
aren't so friendly, and the owner has no clue how to handle a gun. He
constantly points guns at people.

more guns

New curtain

Made a new privacy curtain for the Lance. The 921 has a wet bath so you
need an area to dress.


Sunday, November 16, 2008


We were out taking photos and the caretaker came and picked us up for an
earlier ferry. Orion got to ride in the back of a pickup truck. Not so
happy about it either.

After sandwiching us in the Green Grass we are off.

Got up, packed up and walked the villag for a bit taking photos.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pretty crazy. Mid November and shorts and a t-shirt is sufficient clothing.

Pretty crazy. Mid November and shorts and a t-shirt is sufficient clothing.

Pretty crazy. Mid November and shorts and a t-shirt is sufficient clothing.


Meatloaf, mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes.


Today we saw a banded brown pelican dead on the beach. Took photos and
called the band number in. They will send me the history. Trawlers too?

Also saw a dead gannet. It hadn't been dead too long. Examined it a bit.
Man what a wingspan.


Pretty neat tonight. Every one is different.


Some serious flooding here and there in the village.

dead drum

We counted 44 dead red drum driving down the beach today. 90 percent in
the 45" range.

NCDMF stop commrcial fishing from killing everything in sight! I'm
guessing these are the result of the trawlers just off the beach. Just
like the dolphin DEAD. Stop the madness!

rut ro

What it looks like when the tide overcomes you in the night.

All was fine though.


Needed a quick snack so we could keep fishing.

Mini pizzas were excellent!


A brief look at the sun.

The temperature was very nice around 70. light to no wind. Too little

Storms a comin

Friday's stuff

The next few are from Friday.

Eggs and grits for brakfast.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I know all of you are sitting on your seats. Cell phone is not working so well so we'll have updates tomorrow including karma smiles.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Thanks to Guffey we had some great shrimp tonight!


This was our safe harbor for most of the day.


The Atlantic Ocean was foaming at the mouth today.

the angry Atlantic Ocean