Holden Beach: Day 2–Happy travels tiny sea turtle!
The day dawned gray, cool, and depressing for beach weather.
The weather forecast said sunny in the afternoon, but the sun never appeared. The girls wanted to go to the beach anyway, so first thing this morning we headed down there.
Good thing we did because overnight the baby sea turtles hatched! There were still a few stragglers coming out of their shells in the dunes and crawling slowly down the beach to the ocean as the tide was going out.
I wanted to touch one so badly, but that’s not advisable. They are actually fairly fragile creatures and completely in the wild many don’t make it out into the sea.
Their crawl to the ocean is long and arduous. They kept going parallel to the shore, and then back towards the dunes.
I read that they automatically try to head away from noises and potential predators. I think the onlookers were confusing their senses.
This one was in motion towards the water! (I love its tiny tracks.)
They would make it to the water only to be wash back up onto the beach as they hit a wave. Over, and over they would wash up then crawl back into the ocean.
When they finally made it past the waves breaking on shore and begin to swim towards open sea we clapped and cheered for them.
Yay! Go tiny sea turtles, go!
I think I was more thrilled than the girls. Teeny tiny adorable sea turtles hatching from eggs, holy crap!
I will admit I was seriously tempted to sneak one out and take it home, but logic prevailed. What would I do with it after I got done squeeing over it? No one keeps a huge sea turtle as a pet. (Do they??)
I had to settle for patiently watching them make their way into the ocean. I will pretend that they will never be harmed by predators. They will live long, happy lives.
This their protected nesting area.
I got yelled at for getting this close, even though I was still outside of the tape and there were no sea turtles near it. The volunteer sea turtle patrol was sort of uptight and annoyed this morning. How they can be annoyed when watching adorable tiny sea turtles, I don’t know. They totally needed to get some joy back into their lives.
Hello, tiny sea turtles are popping out of ping pong ball sized shells and flapping their way down to the ocean.
They said they’re waiting until Friday. Then they will dig up the nest to see if any didn’t hatch or if there are any that need to be helped.
I really want that job. I’m good at helping small creatures out of egg shells! Of course uptight volunteer sea patrol men don’t read my blog or know these things…
Despite the cool weather the girls played on the beach quite a bit today.
I’m pleasantly surprised at how much cautious Rosie loved the water and sand.
Her eyesight is actually pretty poor. We took her for a yearly vision check up last week and her eyes had gotten four levels worse over the course of the year!
With her new lenses she is suddenly much more adventuresome again. I love how excited she is when she realizes she can see something that she didn’t realize she was missing before! Clouds in the sky have been amazing her for days now.
The eye doctor said it’s somewhat unusual but Rosie might need to come in for a check-up every six months instead of yearly. We had no clue she wasn’t seeing well out of her glasses again. I guess Rosie didn’t know enough to tell us.
We found a bunch of cool shells!
We had to come inside to a party–a beach shower for the bride. Apparently a beach shower is when you have a bridal shower thing and give presents for use on the beach…?
The girls were hungry and overwhelmed at all the people. Neither of them were in good spirits, especially after I had to drag them away from the tiny sea turtles and awesome shells to come inside for the beach shower.
I do not envy the amount of thank you notes that will need to be written after all six (?) of these bridal showers.
That’s Ada with my MIL.
(Note Rosie’s annoyed expression…she was not happy about coming inside.)
Mother of the bride.
Tyler’s Grandma, the one we recently visited just outside of Atlanta.
(Hi Grandma Freida!)
Immediately after the shower it was back to the beach!
It was 60 degrees out by that time. A cloudy, cool 60 degrees on the water.
The rest of the evening was spent getting ready for the rehearsal dinner tomorrow. Baking cakes, squeezing lemonade, hanging lights. A lot of work is going into this wedding.
Tomorrow afternoon Tyler flies in. YAY! He’s missing $360 of overtime to come, which really breaks our finances for the next few weeks. We rely on his overtime to have enough money for groceries and stuff. Not to mention the cost of boarding the dogs, long term parking, etc. while we’re gone. Trying not to think about that. I am happy to spend a few uninterrupted days with him. That rarely happens.