|Climbing rocks to make his mom|
Last week we took a mini-vacation (although Jake would disagree - he had a complete week of school) and left the dock to go to some islands around here to celebrate Jake's birthday. He was able to run around on the beaches, have bonfires and actually get to swim in waters free of crocodiles! One of the islands we went to is a marine protected area...specifically protecting turtles. There are rangers there that patrol the beach every night looking for turtles laying their eggs. They tag the turtles, then dig up their eggs and move them to a protected hatchery. When the eggs hatch, they release the turtles back into the water. Jake found a nest full of eggs and ran to get the rangers, thinking they had missed one. It turns out, this turtle laid its eggs below the high tide mark and they basically drowned. It also looked like they hadn't been fertilized, according to the experts. So the rangers let Jake dig them up and get a hands on experience without harming anything. They said the turtles lay an average of 80 eggs at a time. This nest had 107!
|Birthday dinner - gnocchi with shrimp and blue cheese sauce.|
|An unexpected trip for me back to the states really paid off|
for Jake...birthday loot!
|The requested birthday "cake" - homemade pumpkin pie (as|
in from a real pumpkin)....I swear I thought I was cooking
|Jake, trying to chisel out some 'samples' for later research.|
|Watching some longboat races on the Kuching waterfront|
with our friends Lee and Richard.