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Reptiland

Part two of our journey to Pittsburgh. We’re back in dreaded Pennsylvania. Don’t get me wrong, the state is green and lush and gorgeous, but the driving (or in my case, riding) is slow and stressful. Today’s stop was Reptiland. Its easy to get to, just 6 miles off I-80.

This was Mr. S’s paradise! He had the camera and was busy snapping shots of the interesting creatures we saw. We got to see the alligators get fed “alligator chow” and some of the snakes got pinky mice (newborns). They are really well fed and the facility was clean.

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Memorial Day

This whole weekend we have been remembering the sacrifices made by our military men and women to help keep us free. A terrible, necessary sacrifice. My own cousin is off somewhere, doing who knows what to ensure our freedom. I hope he is safe.

Today we had a BBQ at my cousin Dan’s house and I got to meet his lovely new wife and her two children, and to see his 3 kids again, whom I hadn’t seen in 4 years!

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Yorktown Battlefield

We made it to Virginia, our 8th state. We are staying at the Williamsburg Thousand Trails park which seems to be nice so far and the people are friendly.

The kids and I took a field trip today to Yorktown National Park to learn about the battle there during the Revolutionary War.

This week there have been some terrible storm systems passing through the nation. The tornado damage in Oklahoma and the midwest was just devastating. We only experienced rain from that. For us, the cloud cover was a blessing because it made the 80+ degree heat and humidity nearly tolerable while walking the battlefields. I cannot imagine what the conditions would have been like in 1781. Oh, and the bugs…!

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Skink Teamwork

We are at Three Flags Thousand Trails in Wildwood, Florida once again. There are far fewer people here this time around. We hear that many of the snowbirds go back north after Easter. That’s coming up soon! We got an excellent spot this time, extra large and backed up to the woods.

Mr. S is slow to make friends because he doesn’t want to endure the sadness in leaving them. He’s thwarted all of my efforts to introduce him to kids his age. Finally we have a breakthrough. Another fulltime family is here while we are and the kids had met briefly months ago.

Lucky for us, their kids are much more outgoing than ours!

Persistent, too. He’s met his match with Matt. They made a great team hunting lizards and successfully captured a skink! We have been hearing about the wily skink for some time now, so we know how great an accomplishment this is.

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Black Racer: Caught!

This is our last day at the Bay Bayou, so the kids and I decided to visit the local pet store one last time before we leave. The bike ride there was chilly, and the cold head-wind was !@#%&!^ annoying, but we made it in about 20 minutes.

We were the only people in the store, so we were allowed to hold a bunch of critters: Mr. S held a ball python and a large bearded dragon, and Divagirl held a dainty and delicate chameleon – they’d all make great pets, we just don’t have any space to keep them!

After spending about half an hour visiting with the animals, we decided to head home. On the way, we stopped at the old board on the side of the road, where we originally found the black racer days before. This was the third attempt at capturing it, and Mr. S knew it would be his last chance.