Still enjoying myself here!

By , June 4, 2010 8:38 pm

I haven’t been updating the site in a while. The last time I posted anything is now well over a week ago, so it’s about time for at least a little bit of an update.Β  Not that much has happened since the last time I posted.

As the title of this topic already says, I’m still enjoying myself here. It’s all still great fun. I’m counting the weeks until I have to get back to The Netherlands and already I’m thinking that I’m running out of time to do all the things that I want to do.. I still wanna go places, see things, do things, take more photos of things as well. And since I’m staying the last 2 weeks of my time in America at friends in Virginia, I ‘only’ got about 6 more weeks to do the things I want to do in south Florida before I’m flying to the state of Virginia.

Anyway, back to the present, or rather, the past.. What have I been up to over here.. Last week friday, I went out into the field with two of my colleagues, with whom I went radio-tracking to look for a Burmese Python. We found it too! It was pretty awesome to see. A good 6 to 7 feet long and seriously pissed after one of the guys held it by its tail to keep it from going away. Coiling up on us and drawing in deep breaths, accompanied with a lot of hissing to warn us. The sound was absolutely amazing! And the way you could see its whole body inflate and deflate.. Damn! Such a cool thing to see, if from a distance.

The Burmese Python that we radio-tracked and found slithering through the forest. It's amazing how well camouflaged these snakes are.

As last monday was Memorial Day, I had a three weekend. Which I spent relaxing. Or well, saturday, me and a housemate took my truck and rode for 1,5 hours to get up to Shark Valley (click here to see Google Map), a different part of the Everglades National Park. It has a 14 mile long bike-trail with a big watchtower in the middle, giving you a look across a small part of the Everglades. It was a little touristic and we didn’t see a single alligator, even though they’re supposed to be there plenty, but still, the bike ride itself was kinda fun. And I sure loved racing down the road with my little blue truck. πŸ™‚ The rest of the weekend was spent not really doing much other than getting some groceries from the store and basically just lazing around around the house or head out into the park, taking photos of stuff.

The workweek started on tuesday, which was an office day, so not much interesting was done that day. On wednesday, I helped a guy from the USGS with his research about fish. Basically going along with him and writing down the length and weight of watercreatures he caught in a trap, after setting them free again. It was on thursday where we went out in the field again to do some more work on my tile-project. Driving down to Flamingo, getting out onto the water with the boat, doing the research in the actual mangroves in the Everglades, then getting back to Flamingo with the boat again before driving to the office again. Days that we’re out in the field aren’t half bad! I like those kind of days. πŸ™‚

Just about ready to go ashore! Safety first! Always wear a lifevest on a boat and hold on to the railing! Especially when it's going across the water at 25 miles an hour..

Ship ahoy! Almost ready to get back out on the water again! Boat's loaded up and the work is done!

While we were out in the field yesterday, today’s an office day, so I got some time to work on my report and make a quick update here, so with those two pictures above here as a last treat just before the weekend, I’ll end this update again. I’ll talk to you all later and will see you again some other time, but only here, cause this is where the action is! For you at least. πŸ™‚

For me it’s in Florida!

2 Responses to “Still enjoying myself here!”

  1. Ottoman says:

    die slang, die hoort daar toch helemaal niet voor te komen ?? die is toch inheems voor zuid-oost azie en india ??

    of is dat net als die schildpadden uitgezet door mensen en dus een exoot??
    altijd leuk om met verschillende dingen aan de slag te kunnen.

    hier is het nu echt super lekker weer. Woensdag ons verslag in geleverd en nu nog 2,5 week en dan moet heb ik mijn verdedeging en dan ben ik eindelijk klaar met larenstein. Huuuy



  2. Harm en Liesbeth says:

    Ook een mooie foto uit “The world through my lens.”Je kunt zo meedoen in een horrorfilm met je blauwe truck! We genieten van je verhalen!!
    Pa en Ma.

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