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  • Ever since I moved to Florida, I have fallen in love with snorkeling, mainly because of @gatorboys_chris. In my free time, that’s what I like to do! We were spending the day snorkeling and looking for turtles, when some unexpected visitors showed up! A mom and baby manatee! This was only my second time being in the water with them, my first time was actually in the ocean, another completely unexpected experience! I love these sweet animals so much. In this picture I am wearing my @moana_bikini (obsessed with them!) DISCLAIMER: it is illegal to feed, touch, or harass wild manatees. Please do not ask for the location, as I do not encourage people to swim in Florida as it can be dangerous (we have GATORS), and I want to protect the animals and their locations. Photographed by @gatorboys_chris #manatee #seapotato #freedive #snorkeling #wildlife
  • Ever since I moved to Florida, I have fallen in love with snorkeling, mainly because of @gatorboys_chris. In my free time, that’s what I like to do! We were spending the day snorkeling and looking for turtles, when some unexpected visitors showed up! A mom and baby manatee! This was only my second time being in the water with them, my first time was actually in the ocean, another completely unexpected experience! I love these sweet animals so much. In this picture I am wearing my @moana_bikini (obsessed with them!) DISCLAIMER: it is illegal to feed, touch, or harass wild manatees. Please do not ask for the location, as I do not encourage people to swim in Florida as it can be dangerous (we have GATORS), and I want to protect the animals and their locations. Photographed by @gatorboys_chris #manatee #seapotato #freedive #snorkeling #wildlife
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  • The holiday weekend presented us with an extra day to explore. Since arriving here on Florida’s “Nature Coast,” I’ve been itching to get on the water and a sunny 75 on Saturday afternoon presented just the opportunity to paddle past Three Sisters Springs and around King’s Bay as the mullet jumped ahead and the manatee cruised beneath our kayaks. Sunday had us heading south of St. Pete to Fort De Soto Park. We pulled the #CariVan into a campsite along the water and battened down the hatches for what would be a blustery evening with sustained winds of 20-25mph. The upside? Those winds chased away the cloud cover in time to take in the eclipse and we were able to catch it at peak through a window in the palms. Monday offered a much-needed dose of sunshine and clear skies over the Gulf, and a pancake breakfast was prepared waterside on our well-loved cast iron griddle. The breeze off the water meant a flannel shirt was still a welcome and comforting companion, but ah, the sun! The #CariVan even got to pose for a pic along the beach with the Sunshine Skyway in the background. We explored every mile of waterfront the park had to offer…all 7…before heading north to pick up a couple of pieces of recently-acquired gear (more on that later). We wrapped the day near sunset on the point at Fort Island Beach with a memorial toast and then waterside dinner of tasty gulf shrimp and grits. The reason for Monday’s holiday was not forgotten, and honoring MLK got me to thinking about an old friend and the beautiful statue of MLK & Bobby Kennedy he designed in downtown Indy (the last pic). RIP, GP…you were a creative genius and your legacy lives on not only in your work, but in how you challenged and inspired us.
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    #cariray #carirayandtheshakylegs #shakydrumr #ontour #americanamusic #countryblues #fingerpickin #fordtransit #transitlife #vangirlsrule #vanlife #vanlifediaries #roadlife #femaledrummer #theshakylegs #stpete #fortdesoto #fortdesotopark #pinellasparks #fortislandbeach #mlk #peace #threesisterssprings #naturecoast #gulfcoast #floridalife #manatee #sunshineskyway #tampabay
  • The holiday weekend presented us with an extra day to explore. Since arriving here on Florida’s “Nature Coast,” I’ve been itching to get on the water and a sunny 75 on Saturday afternoon presented just the opportunity to paddle past Three Sisters Springs and around King’s Bay as the mullet jumped ahead and the manatee cruised beneath our kayaks. Sunday had us heading south of St. Pete to Fort De Soto Park. We pulled the #CariVan into a campsite along the water and battened down the hatches for what would be a blustery evening with sustained winds of 20-25mph. The upside? Those winds chased away the cloud cover in time to take in the eclipse and we were able to catch it at peak through a window in the palms. Monday offered a much-needed dose of sunshine and clear skies over the Gulf, and a pancake breakfast was prepared waterside on our well-loved cast iron griddle. The breeze off the water meant a flannel shirt was still a welcome and comforting companion, but ah, the sun! The #CariVan even got to pose for a pic along the beach with the Sunshine Skyway in the background. We explored every mile of waterfront the park had to offer…all 7…before heading north to pick up a couple of pieces of recently-acquired gear (more on that later). We wrapped the day near sunset on the point at Fort Island Beach with a memorial toast and then waterside dinner of tasty gulf shrimp and grits. The reason for Monday’s holiday was not forgotten, and honoring MLK got me to thinking about an old friend and the beautiful statue of MLK & Bobby Kennedy he designed in downtown Indy (the last pic). RIP, GP…you were a creative genius and your legacy lives on not only in your work, but in how you challenged and inspired us.
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#cariray #carirayandtheshakylegs #shakydrumr #ontour #americanamusic #countryblues #fingerpickin #fordtransit #transitlife #vangirlsrule #vanlife #vanlifediaries #roadlife #femaledrummer #theshakylegs #stpete #fortdesoto #fortdesotopark #pinellasparks #fortislandbeach #mlk #peace #threesisterssprings #naturecoast #gulfcoast #floridalife #manatee #sunshineskyway #tampabay
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  • 𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘶𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘴 | A chubby mermaid breaks the surface of the warm waters with its bowling-ball nostrils to catch its breath in #EvergladesNationalPark

    Nerdistory Factoid: #Manatees belong to an order of aquatic herbivorous mammals called Sirenia. It derives from the Greek word seirēn, which equates to sirens (mermaids🧜‍♀️) from Greek Mythology.
  • 𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘶𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘴 | A chubby mermaid breaks the surface of the warm waters with its bowling-ball nostrils to catch its breath in #EvergladesNationalPark
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Nerdistory Factoid: #Manatees belong to an order of aquatic herbivorous mammals called Sirenia. It derives from the Greek word seirēn, which equates to sirens (mermaids🧜‍♀️) from Greek Mythology.
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