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One of our trips that was very enjoyable, and free on the day we went because the visitor center was closed that day, was to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge encompasses more than 97,000 acres but only a portion is open to the public. The ocelots, which are endangered, are protected here. We did not see an Ocelot while we were there but saw many different birds, including the green jays (a beautiful bird),  and javelinas. Many red winged black birds. They offer many activities such as shuttle and bus tours on different days. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Monday, closed on Tue/Wed. Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge website

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Spent some time at the Sea Turtle Rescue Hospital in South Padre Island. Learned a lot about the turtles and their migration and nesting habits. We were fortunate enough to see them being released in the ocean after being rescued from hypothermia. There was a sea turtle that had lost three of its flippers that had a prosthesis made so it could swim with only one flipper. Not able to release in the ocean. They are building a new multi-million dollar facility that should be open by next year. Donations are accepted. Sea Turtle Inc.website

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We spent 6 days at Nick and Suzanne's house.

Made a quick trip in the car to Matt, Julie and Rainey's for Thanksgiving. Stayed until Sunday.

Trip to St Lucie was to include a trip to NASA and the Bahamas. The trip to NASA was to watch a launch of a Saturn V rocket on the 4th unfortunately they rescheduled the launch until the 16th and then again until the 19th.  We were also going to go on a two day trip to the Bahamas but we forgot to bring the right documents. Still we had a great time at St. Lucie going to the Manatee Observation and Educational Center, visited Fort Pierce Historical Museum, the Aquarium, and many other activities. We met a great couple from Augusta, Georgia. Jim and Norma Corbin were camped three spots over from us and attended church at St. Lucie Church of Christ. Saw huge yachts traveling up and down the river through the lock. We ate some good seafood at the downtown St. Lucie Marina with Jim and Norma.  56 photos in Photo Gallery

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