The morning started for us today before 3:30AM. We had to catch an early morning flight out of Detroit in order to make it down to the Keys before it got dark. Everybody was on time and we made it to the airport and through security in plenty of time.
Some of the students decided to grab a short catnap, and some decided to break open the books for a quick study session before we boarded the plan. The flight was supposed to leave at 7:15AM, but was about 45 minutes late leaving. But thanks to the magic of air travel, we only arrived about 10 minutes late into Fort Lauderdale.
We picked up the vans and got the luggage stowed and hit the road, only stopping once for some food. We drove past the Everglades and got our first glimpse of the River of Grass. We then headed into the Keys and drove to Summerland Key, where we’ll be for the next four days.
We arrived at Mote Marine Labs, where we’ll be staying for the next couple of days in time to take in the sights.
Wonder what they are all looking at?
The gorgeous view from the rooms, of course!
Dr. Carrier spent some time laying the ground rules for the time here.
It’s been a long day of travel and we are all pretty tired. Tomorrow we head out to examine some of the local habitats including coastal mangroves and pine/thatch palm rocklands on Big Pine Key, and we plan to end the day by taking a close look at some of the tide pools in the area. Most of the day will focus on areas with highly endangered species, of course including Key deer and many rich and lush botanical sites.