May 9th, 2008

Sea dragon

Tropical detail

I am on my way into town (on the bus of course) to meet up with the tour group at the all-you-can-eat Sizzler breakfast buffet. Then it's oss to the Crystal River and manatees ... manatees ... manatees manatees manatees! We get to go to a wildlife refuge later.

Manatees!
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Kayak

A whole new dimension in pest control

A manatee in your garage? Who'da thunk it? But apparently when you have a waterfront house on the (humorously misnamed) Crystal River with covered parking for your boat, this is a possibility. In fact, this is where we spotted our first manatee.picture.jpg So, as I got ready to approach the water monster, sneaking up quietly on him in my wet suit and snorkel mask, peering through water with, oh four to six inches of visibility, I suddenly realized - maybe I'm not so okay with having an EDIT 800 2000 pound animal appear suddenly in front of me, even if they're a herbivore. And I think I started to hyperventilate a little. I think my lizard brain was just not okay with it. But I calmed down, and later I saw and touched one. Now to the wildlife refuge ...