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I won't be forgetting Tuesday any time soon, but this is a gush journal:

     Which means I must focus on the fact that nobody outright fell off the boat, and those of us who jumped off to try to get it out of the shallows where it was stuck, did get back on, eventually. I'm still sore from that struggle...but I'm not swept out to sea either!

     Tuesday was the day we got to go to Cedar Island, which is privately owned and has no facilities (and the interior is currently closed because of nesting seabirds). Pictures of the beach are drab due to the cloudy weather, but it really was a wonderful day to spend hours pottering along the beach picking up shells.

     I had far too much fun with crabs as well as shells. There were tiny crabs that camouflaged well with the sand, bigger darling crabs who posed nicely, and one I caught for photos. The seabirds weren't entirely forgotten however--got to see my first American Oystercatchers! (and Black Skimmers, too.)

Grateful to take it easy after we got back, enjoy delicious leftovers from my birthday dinner, and actually get to bed around 9:30--sure beats 11:30 to midnight when I just can't sleep past 5 am!
Where I'm At:
Virginia
Emotional Status:
lethargic sore and weary
Reaching My Ears:
sundry bird calls
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On June 25th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
Wow, that crab was so teeny tiny! Having the hand in the shot really gave it perspective.

The shells look gorgeous too. There's quite a collection there! The shades of bronze are lovely.

Sorry to hear that the day didn't go quite as well as it could have.
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On June 25th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
It was fun all the size variety that came out--tiny crabs from tiny holes dug in the sand, and larger crabs from the bigger holes. Those small ones were hard to track when they moved.

That's my mom's collection, though I'm not sure how she'll fit it all in her luggage...

It could have gone far worse! And the time on the beach was a treasure. If we go back Friday, we'll be able to use the weekend ferrying service.
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On June 25th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC), shanra commented:
I hope it's just sore muscles that were had that made the day less than it could have been!

Trust you not to let a post with pictures go by without a picture of a bird, ne? ^-~ The crabs look absolutely lovely, especially the little baby one. (And your mum has a good taste in shells!)

Glad to hear most of the day was good at least! ^-^
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On June 25th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Sore muscles and a bit more adventure than I'd have appreciated, but my uncle is sure getting a kick out of telling everybody about it!

Heh, yes--must have birds! But really, it is so nice to have a camera with a strong enough zoom where I can get halfway decent shots of them. =)

The crabs were all darling. It's funny how fast they all run down their little holes when they get startled.

It was indeed! And we're scheduled to go back tomorrow. =)