We interrupt your normal read now to bring you this special report.
With the date of the move a mere 8 days away, I’ve decided I need to hurry up with my bucket list of things to do here before leaving.
Yesterday I text a friend whom I’ve gone field herping with, and who said he knew of a spot where we could find chameleons in the wild (though they are not a native species here, some pockets of populations exist). We made an impromptu trip to said spot.
Within the first 20 feet, I spotted a chameleon! It was a young female
Both of us were crazy-giddy at having found one. For me, it was a “lifer” (a herp I desperately wanted to find in situ). I used to own chameleons. They are my absolute favorite lizard of all time. I can’t express how excited I was to find one 😀
The rest of the night was uneventful. I think too many people know of that spot because she was the only one we encountered. But it was totally worth it. We also found a corn snake, several species of bugs, and a boar skull in a bucket (I’m guessing someone killed the thing and wanted to have the skull cleaned by bugs, so they left it in the field and will come back for it at a later date)…
Anyway, just wanted to share the chameleon find. It totally made my weekend!
Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming 😉
Yesterday, we headed out to the other coast for a day trip. A friend was down for a visit, and we decided to meet up. It was a much-needed and quite awesome experience. My wife and I detoured on the way over and took a road that led into the swamp. We pulled over a few times to check out some of the wildlife. I’m so grateful that my wife indulged me like that. I was able to get some cool pics of vultures, 2 kinds of locusts, and a box turtle (<–really cool coz I have never seen them in the wild before). Then we headed out of a refuge where we saw more really cool critters. THEN WE SAW WILD DOLPHINS!!!! We were at the beach taking pics and noticed a bunch of people watching something in the water. That’s when we saw what it was: 2 adults and a baby dolphin! L and I were not dressed to go in the water, but we figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. We pulled our wallets and phones out of our pockets. I held everything up high in one hand and walked out taking pictures with my camera in the other (I kept forcing myself not to play out any worst-case scenarios of being knocked over by waves or tripping and losing all our electronics to the ocean water). I waded out farther than L, and got a pretty good view of them. They swam about 4 feet from a lady and her adult son. We must have watched them for a good 15 minutes before they swam off towards the gulf. Luckily L and I had remembered to bring a change of clothes with us so we were not soaked the whole rest of the day. We were definitely on a high the rest of the day though.
We got home just after 11pm, but my head was already spinning with how tired I was by the time I pulled the car into the driveway. I slept like a rock and had a lot of trouble getting up in the morning. I was able to stay awake for a few hours before that same head-spinning, “about to pass out I’m so tired” feeling hit again. I crawled back into bed to sleep for another 2 hours. I’ve been up for less than 2 hours, and that feeling is back. I thought it may be from not eating enough today, but even having dinner has not helped much. I guess I really tired myself out these last few weeks. But yesterday was totally worth it. We got to cross 2 things off our bucket list…