Good morning Blog readers:
We've been having issues with the blog website and internet connectivity, hence, the delay in getting words and pictures out to you. We'll keep working at it. Most important message: we're having a grand time and are making plans to leave shortly for the mud and salt water of the intertidal zones.
On the way over to Tom's Cove for supper visible through the bus windows were mother deer and fawn plashing through one of the marshy inlets, the water drops from their flanks glistening gold as the animals stepped onto drier land.
Wollops Island is where rockets are launched to tend to the international space station and we passed close by the launch pad that is now preparing for November's upcoming launch. We entered NASA land and our school buses were waved through the security gates. Our eighth graders could catch glimpses of all kinds of naval and air force training centers.
Last night we had a spectacular view of an endless and majestic sunset while students wandered along the wrack line of the Atlantic waves. Whelk, angel wing and scallop shells were tangled up with marine vegetation. Tiny albino ghost crabs skittered sideways. As dusk darkened small marine birds skittered with amazing alacrity along the ever-shifting wet line of the tide. With sudden dabs of their heads they foraged for dinner.
Monday night lights went out in the eighth grade rooms at 10 pm; to the chaperones' utter and delighted surprise there was dead silence by 10:30 pm!
We were all up by 7:30 this morning. A long band of gray clouds has swept in with a light drizzle and it is in the low 60's; a much better day for hiking around. The Chincoteague Bay Field Station personnel are doing last minute orientations before we head out again.
Again, we're all well and happy--we'll do our best to post photos later in the day when we are back within range of the internet again.