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Going Home, Day 4 -- March 5, 2012

Wakulla Springs, FL, to Mexico Beach, FL.

I got up early and went birding in the early morning sub-freezing temperatures (thick ice on the car) and finally saw a Red-headed Woodpecker. Later, rather than continue our restaurant boycott, we ate breakfast at the lodge, then took the boat tour down the river. We missed the boat by a few minutes, so we had an hour to look for birds and manatees. There were 15-20 manatees in the area, many of whom were in the swimming area. I also spotted Yellow-throated Warblers singing in the trees. The 45-minute boat ride was good, and our captain knew the proper names of the birds and other things he identified for us (which was unusual, in my experience). After that, we drove to St. Joseph State Park (a spit of sand in the Gulf) and saw Brown-headed Nuthatches and Eastern Bluebirds. Continuing, we drove to Mexico Beach (just before Panama Beach) and stayed in the El Governor Hotel for about $100 in room overlooking the ocean. Cooked mac-and-cheese in the room for dinner and listened to stormy waves crashing on the shore all night.

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Finally saw a Red-headed Woodpecker
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Yellow-throated Warbler singing in a moss-covered tree
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Boating at Wakulla Spring
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Florida Red-bellied Turtles basking on a log
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Friendly wildlife at Wakulla Spring (notice that grin!)
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Boating at Wakulla Spring
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Mom spotting something on the boat ridge
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Lunch along the shore
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Mom walking on the beach
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Motel room with a sunset view

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