On Wednesday we went up to Canaveral National Seashore, part of NASA's property. NASA has about 140,000 acres along the Space Coast, 95% of which is undeveloped. This provides a safety zone and allows for any future expansion according to page 25-26 of Environmental Assessment of KSC for the Constellation Project.
As we drove we saw a flock of roseate spoonbills on the Kennedy Space Center property. We enjoyed the Visitor Center with its gift shop, exhibits, and shows. We walked some trails and collected trash and treasures as part of requirements to earn Junior Ranger patches. All of the National Parks that we have been to have some sort of Junior Ranger patch or badge program. We've done this at the St. Louis Arch, Mammoth Cave, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Lincoln's Boyhood home in Southern Indiana, and the National Mall.
We saw lots of wildlife, including spiders, armadillos and dolphins.
The dolphins particularly a treat as they were enjoyed while relaxing and having lunch on the porch of a historic house.
The fun with wildlife doesn't end . The next morning, my second oldest daughter saved a tree frog that was stuck in the swimming pool. She did enjoy playing with it before freeing it.
I almost forgot to mention that this protected area around NASA is also home to about 23 species of mosquitoes. If one type doesn't like how you taste then another might. My wife took the oldest girls on to a turtle watch. She told me the story of a lady who put organic bug 'repellent' on here face. It could have been a scene in a horror show ... within seconds the lady's face was attacked by bugs.
My children have discovered how painful After Bite. My wife actually went back to the store to get some more anti-itch medicine and try the kids non-stinging version of After Bite.