Sunday, April 27, 2014

622 miles closer to the perfect summer job

Today's sunset at the north end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
So I guess I finally have enough of my ducks in a row to tell you all about my plans for this summer...

I'm going home to NJ!

The perfect summer job landed in my lap... I'll be working for NJ Fish and Wildlife to monitor and protect beach-nesting birds.

Piping Plovers!

Least Terns!

American Oystercatchers!

Please don't anyone pinch me... I don't want to wake up if this is a dream!

: )

I set out early this morning with my bunny and my African violets and after 12+ hours in the car, we're all feeling pretty bedraggled.  I took the shortcut across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to spend the night on the Delmarva Peninsula and will meet the ferry to Cape May in the morning. It's beautiful here (and there's still "sweet tea" available!) and I was treated to Brown Pelicans and frolicking dolphins this evening when I stopped at the scenic overlook on the bridge to stretch my legs. Plus, I can smell the sea again... But it's cold! I started the day with the AC running in the car and ended it with the heat blasting.

Some Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers are already on eggs... I'm hoping to arrive on the beach with the Least Terns. I'm so excited! I can't wait to get started and share this adventure with you...

9 comments:

Jayne said...

The joy you are feeling just oozes out of your words, and I am so very happy for you my friend. Be present in every single moment, and soak up the complete joy this will bring you. xoxo

Dorothy said...

I can feel your excitement and anticipation!!!!
Enjoy the summer back "home" doing what you love!!

dguzman said...

Way to go! You'll be perfect! Enjoy it!

NCmountainwoman said...

Sounds perfect. Can't wait for the posts.

Dave said...

That's terrific. In look forward to reading all about it.

Webtoad said...

What a clever (and beautiful!) selfie. You have an amazing photographer's eye.

Heather said...

Now you are Somewhere in New Jersey again!

Looking forward to pics of the plovers, and maybe one or two of beachgoers to up your 100 people count.

Welcome back to the Northeast.

robin andrea said...

What a wonderful summer job! Sounds PERFECT!

Pablo said...

It warms my black and shriveled heart to hear this. Good for you!