Sunday, May 04, 2008
Today we went to Oleta State Recreational Area (or whatever) to kayak. I took the little point & shoot with and was able to snap just a few pictures.

Chris fiddlin' with the kayak

We paddled over to an island, which was crazy. All these people were anchored there, drinking, playing with their dogs, listening to music. There was a dude playing the guitar and singing who had a mic and speakers and everything. Seems strange, on this island.

Chris was pointing at a dog on an inflatable :)

Chris was pointing out a dog for me that was floating around with its owner. Lots of dogs there, running around, all wet, just happy as hell. Very cute. :)

In the mangroves

We were out for a few hours. On our way back in, we took a detour through the mangroves. Chris saw a manatee - twice! - but I was too busy taking pictures to stay caught up with him, so I missed them. He saw one yesterday off the boat, too, but I didn't go along, so I missed that one too.

The mangroves were gorgeous. I love it. It was just this pretty and peaceful in person, too.

Chris in the kayak

I asked my silly boy to smile for me when I caught the reflection of the kayaks in his glasses. This is the smile I got. :p

I told Chris to smile. This is what I get.  :p

Goofball. So anyway, today was nice. Then we came home to get cleaned up and headed off to Benihana for dinner. It was goooood, and I was kickin' myself for not bringing my camera. I could've gotten some non-puggle pictures!

Okay, now it's late so I'm going to go to sleeeeep.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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