We’ve been in Florida for nearly a week now, camping out in John’s sister’s driveway while preparing the RV for life on the road. In between stops at Home Depot (part of our current daily ritual), the metal supply shop, grocery markets and other stores for supplies, we have had chance to see some Florida wildlife.

On our first day here, John’s mom found a baby snapping turtle in her driveway. We valiantly carried him to a nearby pond, where we released him safely away from the road.

Snapping turtle in hand.

Snapping turtle in hand.

Snapping turtle in the safety of grass at the pond’s edge.

Snapping turtle in the safety of grass at the pond’s edge.

Since we are staying in John’s sister’s driveway trying out living in the RV, we also have had several meals sitting on our collapsible table and chairs under the RV’s awning in the driveway. Each day during lunch, three sandhill cranes cross the driveway on the way to their own midday ritual.

Three sandhill cranes crossing the driveway.

Three sandhill cranes crossing the driveway.

To try out our new compact smart oven, I baked muffins on a local beach (Green Key Beach). After breakfast, we took a walk on a boardwalk over the marsh, and caught a couple small crabs mating!

Mating crabs on boardwalk.

Mating crabs on boardwalk.

On Monday we stopped at a small produce shop and stocked up on fresh veggies. We sautéed some for lunch at Starkey Park, then went for a walk on the nature path. Before even getting to the nature walk, we came across a large tortoise on the road. With a little research, we determined that this is a gopher tortoise.

Tortoise with Heidi in background for scale.

Tortoise with Heidi in background for scale.

This morning, John’s mom found a really tiny baby box turtle while working in her backyard. It’s so small!

Tiny turtle in hand.

Tiny turtle in hand.

4 Thoughts on “Wildlife Viewing in Florida

  1. Love the tiny turtle and all the wildlife photos!

  2. omg the tiny box turtle is adorable! I am curious to learn more about about sandhill cranes… to wikipedia!

  3. Tom Boyd on July 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm said:

    We are so happy for you both. As a point of interest Naomi & I made several trips West in a 1968 M.Benz 4cyl. deisel Van(convereted german bread truck)Top speed 49mph. Wonderful memories! Fuel 18cents gallon. Will tell you all about it when you come by.
    Love & Blessings
    U.Tom & A.Naomi

  4. Tamar on July 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm said:

    Love all the turtles, and envy the nature… although now that I’m thinking about how hot it must be, not quite so much 😉

    Stay cool and enjoy!

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