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Re: Nice day/Florida vacation

It's a scoop made of hardware cloth. It's got a long handle. You use it to scoop up shells and stuff at the edge of the Gulf. Then you slosh it up and down in the water to wash the sand out and dump what's left out to sort through it for sharks' teeth and other pieces of fossils.

Some people use a box with a hardware cloth bottom. Works the same--snowshovel is just easier.

On May 12, 2005, at 9:46 AM, Pam Evans wrote:

OK, I'll bite - Venice snowshovels??

On 5/12/05, james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
Melody, this was returned twice. Dunno why. Sorry troops.

Begin forwarded message:

From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
Date: May 12, 2005 7:58:44 AM EDT
To: Melody@excite.com
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/Florida vacation

Let's do. I should be here. Can't tell about Ms. Fatma. It will be the
end of her vacation and she may choose to spend it with her kids in
New England.

Also, if you decide to hunt for sharks' teeth, I can loan you a couple
of "Venice snowshovels" that will make finding them a whole lot

On May 10, 2005, at 7:08 AM, Melody wrote:

Jim: You are the best! And we've already decided we don't care
enough about Disney to spend that crazy kind of money on an amusement
park...we'd rather spend our money elsewhere and see things just like
what you've described. Thanks so much. Are you and Ms. Fatma going
to be around the third week in August? Would love to hook up with
you if possible...if not, we understand that, too.


Hills, IA zone 5

--- On Fri 05/06, james singer < islandjim1@verizon.net > wrote:

From: james singer [mailto: islandjim1@verizon.net]

To: mhobertm@excite.com

Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 14:57:48 -0400

Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/Florida vacation

I think there is a swim-with-the-manatees place in Crystal River. I
<br>haven't heard anything about them, good or bad; Ms. Fatma's
daughter <br>has a friend who came down from Boston just to do
that--and they're <br>pretty Green sorts, so I figure it must be
benign. Woman I used to work <br>with was boating in the Myakka river
one day about a year ago and a <br>manatee came up right beside her
boat. She said she reached over and <br>patted it in the snout and it
just swam away.<br><br>If you can resist all the Disney hype, I'd
skip it. It's very <br>expensive--something like $55 per person per
day--today just to get in. <br>Of course they've got a zillion
"packages" to confuse the issue even <br>more. If you can't resist
the hype, I would suggest talking with AAA <br>about it before
deciding how much Disney you want. They got special <br>rates on some
stuff, I think.<br><br>Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota had a pair of
manatees last time I was <br>there. They probably still do.
Can't swim with them, but it only costs <br>a couple of bucks to get
in. Mote has a nice little aquarium with <br>guided
tours.<br><br>I've got visitor passes to Selby Botanical Garden I can
send you, but <br>if you're an AHS member, your card will get you in
there, too [I <br>think]. If you're not a member and want to go, let
me know.<br><br>The beaches from Nokomis [Casey Key] south to
Manasota Key, which <br>includes Venice and Casperson Beach, are good
for hunting for <br>fossilized shark's teeth. Venice has a Shark's
Tooth Festival every <br>year. It used to be in August, but I think
they hold it in October <br>now--after the snow birds start
arriving.<br><br>If you're going to Captive, consider going to the
Corkscrew Swamp <br>Preserve, which is between Fort Myers and Naples,
east of I-75. Your <br>kids might get lucky and spot a panther. And
did you see Edison House <br>in Fort Myers when you lived here?
Interesting--house, laboratory, <br>gardens--and not
expensive.<br><br>There's Myakka State Park, which is east of
Sarasota on the road to <br>Arcadia. I understand that Selby has
installed a canopy "walk" there. I <br>get the idea the walk is open
to the public, but I don't know for sure. <br>Anyway, there are
airboat rides on a very large bulge in the river at <br>the
park--guaranteed to let you see alligators in their natural habitat
<br>up close and personal :)<br><br><br><br>On May 6, 2005, at 4:11
AM, Melody wrote:<br><br>> Jim: I am a AAA member and never go
anywhere without their help...I'll<br>> give them a call today when I
get home so I can the stuff I want and <br>> get<br>> some planning
done. Thanks for the reminder. Sounds like we might be<br>> better
off selecting a central location to camp at that is easily<br>>
accessible to the places we really want to go to. Sanibel and
Captiva<br>> Islands are definitely a priority as we've always
regreted not visiting<br>> there when we lived in Daytona that one
Also, I hear there are<br>> places where you can swim with the
manatees (Crystal River was one such<br>> place, I believe) and IMO,
if this isn't harmful to the ecology or the<br>> species, this is a
much better use of our $ than some of the more<br>> commercial
tourist places like Disney, but we're still checking into<br>> that.
What do you think of this idea? I'm seriously interested in what<br>>
local persons think of this...is it bad for the manatees to be
so<br>> exposed to humans? How does it impact their environment?
TIA.<br>><br>><br>> Melody<br>> Hills, IA zone 5<br>><br>><br>><br>>
--- On Thu 05/05, james singer < islandjim1@verizon.net >
wrote:<br>> From: james singer [mailto: islandjim1@verizon.net]<br>>
To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date: Thu, 05 May 2005 08:01:11
-0400<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/August in Florida<br>><br>>
Well, you won't be cold. For August, the average high temperature is
90<br>> <br>[record is 97]; average low temperature is 76
[record is 68]; and<br>> there <br>is an average of 10 rainy days [6
inches of rain]. These<br>> averages and <br>records are for Venice,
but the rest of the state will<br>> be similar. So <br>don't forget
the sunscreen and the<br>> sunglasses.<br><br>The Gulf beaches are
delightful at that time of<br>> year--the water is <br>about 80
degrees, quite like a spa. And there <br>> are<br>> lots of
interesting <br>things to see and do. But the Florida Gulf <br>>
coast<br>> is not like the <br>Pacific coast or the Atlantic coast.
Much of the<br>> Gulf coast--especially <br>the stretch from Panacea
to Crystal <br>> River--is<br>> salt march and not <br>accessible by
auto except for a few isolated<br>> fishing camps.<br><br>You might
want to spend some time with a map and<br>> AAA's Florida Tour
<br>Book. If you're not a AAA member, let me know <br>> and<br>> I'll
send you a copy. <br>The book is very good at describing points
of<br>><br>> interest--parks, natural <br>phenomena, and
the like--as well as <br>> letting<br>> you know, by omission, that
<br>there can be long stretches of some of<br>> these roads where
even a gas <br>station is rare.<br><br><br>On May 5,<br>> 2005, at
5:04 AM, Melody wrote:<br><br>> So, Jim...what is the weather<br>>
usually like down there in Gulf Paradise<br>> say around middle
of<br>> August? Now that we have a reliable means of<br>> transport,
our trip<br>> south is definitely on. Now I know this might
sound<br>> silly, but<br>> since none of us have ever seen much of
the Gulf Coast, we<br>> are<br>> planning on a driving trip down the
coast, stopping whenever and<br>><br>> wherever that takes our fancy.
We did this a couple of years ago when<br>> <br>> we<br>> went to
visit Tony in Washington...drove up the coast as<br>> far as we <br>>
could<br>> in several hours, turned around and came <br>> back<br>>
down the ocean highway,<br>> stopping whenever one of us would
go<br>> "Ooh...look at that, let's stop!"<br>> We ended
up somewhere in Oregon <br>> a<br>> day<br>><br>> or so later. You
get to see the<br>> best darned places in this country<br>> that
way...just driving wherever...<br>><br>><br>><br>> Melody<br>><br>>
Hills, IA zone 5<br>><br>><br>><br>> --- On Wed 05/04, james singer
<<br>> islandjim1@verizon.net > wrote:<br>> From: james singer
[mailto:<br>> islandjim1@verizon.net]<br>> To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date: Wed, 04<br>> May 2005 15:14:53
-0400<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/or<br>> not<br>><br>> 1-3/4
inches so far.<br><br><br>On May 4, 2005, at 2:13<br>> PM, Pam
Evans<br>> wrote:<br><br>> No foolin' Jim - that doesn't look <br>>
so<br>> hot!!<br>> Hmmmm....<br>><br>> On 5/4/05, pdickson<br>>
<pdickson@sbcglobal.net><br>> wrote:<br>>> take cover.....<br>>>
-----<br>> Original Message -----<br>>><br>> From: "james
singer"<br>> <islandjim1@verizon.net><br>>> To: "Garden
Chat"<br>><br>> <gardenchat@hort.net><br>>> Sent: Wednesday, May 04,
2005 9:47<br>> AM<br>>><br>> Subject:
[CHAT] Nice day<br>>><br>>>> Just another nice<br>> day in<br>>
paradise<br>>>><br>>>><br>><br>><br>><br>> the<br>message text
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