Return of the Beach Walk

I am (overly) excited to report that with the successful launch of Endeavor on Monday my favorite beach in Florida has finally reopened. Hooray!  And greeting my return were sixteen freshly laid sea turtle nests along with hundreds if not thousands of blooms of beach morning glory, Ipomoea pes-caprae.   (I’m not even a little ashamed to admit I knew that Latin name without looking it up!)

The turtle nests follow a beautiful full moon earlier in the week but were staked out freshly just today.   I was even able to see some of the return tracks of the mother sea turtles in the sand leading back to the water.   Incidentally, each species of turtle has its own special characteristics that make these tracks species-specific.

The only non-beautiful and spectacular part of today were the unrelenting swarms of lovebugs.  They were so thick over the water and the parking lots that they were flying in my mouth while I tried to sip water (!) and there was a dark wrack line of dead washed in lovebugs on the sand!

There was, however, a lovely lack of debris on the beach.  I’m not sure if this is because there were less people over the last month since the park closed for the launch – or if there are other people helping me clean – but it was lovely to only collect one bucket of debris over my five mile walk whereas three or four buckets is more the norm.  I say again my friends – hooray!