We Have Visitors!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 082018

A few days ago in a blog titled The Snowbirds Are Back, I shared a picture of a pair of ospreys that return to the same tree across the street from our house to nest every year. They can be noisy, but we always enjoy watching them as they raise their little ones and get them ready to fly off on their own.

And here are another pair of visitors that spend a lot of time wandering around the neighborhood. These sandhill cranes seem pretty docile and ignore people unless they get too close. Sometimes cars have to stop for them as they walk across the street, but nobody here is in a hurry to get anywhere and folks are always patient with them.

But those are not our only flying visitors. Terry’s parents arrived from Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon to spend a week with us. They had to be up at 3 a.m. Arizona time to be at the airport for their 6 a.m. flight, arriving here just before 1:30 p.m. local time. Her mom, Bess, is 86, and Pete, her dad, will turn 88 next week. That was a long trip for people their age, and since Bess only got about an hour’s sleep the night before, once they got settled in here she slept for 11 hours! Now I’m wondering how I can get her on an airplane every day.

Their scheduled arrival was supposed to be at the same time that the Falcon Heavy lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center, but the launch time was delayed until 3:45, so they got to see it take off and hear the sonic booms as the booster rockets returned to land, back at Cape Canaveral. I’m glad they got to experience that.

Yesterday we took them down to our fishing pier, hoping to spot some of our resident dolphins or manatee, but we did not see any. It’s very rare we don’t see at least a couple of dolphins, but I guess my mother-in-law’s reputation proceeded her. Here are Terry and her parents enjoying time together.

Even though we didn’t see dolphins or manatee, there were pelicans, seagulls, terns, and a lot of fish jumping in the water to greet them. I think Pete and Bess like it here.

For dinner last night, Terry made delicious shredded beef tacos, along with refried beans, Spanish rice, and all the fixings. I can guarantee you that nobody left the table hungry.

Today we will play tour guides, showing Pete and Bess some of the area and why it is such a special place to live.

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Nick Russell

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  2 Responses to “We Have Visitors!”

  1. Glad they made it safely. We have the other end of the crane journey here. Love them. Actually, I heard one on Tuesday.

  2. When I saw the launch got pushed back I was hoping they got to see it. I hope Terry is feeling better and you all make some great memories.

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