Saturday, March 31, 2012

“Celebrate the Gulf”

It was a ladies day out for Diana, Mary, and myself today so we headed for the Celebrate the Gulf Festival in Pass Christian, MS. 

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This is a family friendly festival whose goal is to educate the public about the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico area.  Lot’s of hands on activities for the kids, and interesting displays for adults.  The interns from our refuge, and some local volunteers manned the MS Sandhill Crane NWR booth.  You could be banded there like a bird, and there was a live corn snake in that cardboard box on the lower right.  The snake was taking a little rest in between performances.  Winking smile

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The US Navy even had a boat and sea bottom investigation monitors on display.  All of these young sailors were dressed in blue and black fatigues, and I had to ask what happened to their ♪ ♫‘Bell-bottomed Trousers and Coats of Navy Blue’ ♫  They assured me that they had about five different uniforms.  I expected to see them in those crisp white bell-bottom pants, Navy caps, and white starched blouses.

There were also displays on fly tying, preserved fish varieties of the gulf, water shed pollution, and free samples of shrimp with the hottest cocktail sauce I’ve ever consumed!   I picked up some recipe cards for fresh Mississippi shrimp along the way.  It turned out that they were the same recipe cards I had gotten at some other festival last year. 

At the other end of the War Memorial Park, an Art Festival was taking place.  I chose to sit and enjoy some local entertainment (in the shade) as Diana and Mary perused all of those displays.  There was lots of jewelry and other art items for a home for sale that I’m not very interested in.

IMG_7300Back at the ranch, Emma and I sat outside this evening and I noticed this stunning caterpillar waltzing around the top of my outdoor grill.  Maybe it didn’t know that Mardi Gras is over?

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It seems the top of my grill was the place to be tonight.  There was also an inch worm and another very small caterpillar making their way back and forth along the top.  I’m not sure what was so attractive to them all. 


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Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy