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