Sunday, April 29, 2012

Port Aransas

Last weekend, my biology class traveled down to Port Aransas, Texas for a good ol' time by the seaside. We studied a restored marshland, ate at the original Whataburger frolicked on the beach at midnight, walked along a jetty, saved a pelican, collected plankton samples, examined several species of marine life, and explored the small beach town.

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The Marine Science Institute, where we stayed, is owned and funded by the University of Texas! On the site location, they have a restored marshland which cost several million dollars to accomplish.
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The Marine Science Institute takes in injured animals, specifically owls and pelicans.
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Walking along the jetty was no walk in the park. The slippery algae caused several us to lose footing at times, and the crowd spread out along the rocks largely consisted of fishermen, gritty and earning a livelihood. At the end of the jetty, we celebrated how far we had come. Here, we also noticed something trapped between the rocks...
A poor pelican had wedged himself in between the rocks. With the rise of the tide, water may have helped the bird push himself free, but this would be several hours coming. We phoned our professor who called the whole situation "nature," and he advised against us interfering. Instead of following that advice, we borrowed a fishing net and decided to lever the pelican free.
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Hello pelican! The bird stretched his wings and was reminded of freedom. Our avian friend then began to rest after a long struggle of trying to break out, and began to dry his wings after being submerged.


We examined plankton and fish and crabs and stingrays and dolphins swimming alongside the boat.
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Overall, the bio trip was a full, busy twenty-four hours.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rise of the Scorpion King

Last weekend, the new Rouse Young Life team left Austin city limits and headed for the countryside...specifically, Fratonia, Texas (Flatonia).

We reached the property Saturday afternoon, unloaded the car, and then everyone began to gawk over the cows. Iphones were taken out and instagram photos quickly hit the web. The city people were now in familiar territory...Texas countryside. Tours in the Gator, good conversation on the front porch, lounging in the rocking chairs, a BBQ buffet, s'mores around the campfire, death of a copperhead, an attack by a scorpion, a trip to the La Grange hospital, a round of hotseats, and then cuddle time. That was Saturday. Sunday consisted of a morning devo time, mouthfuls of kolaches and pastries from Schulenberg, family photos in the bluebonnet fields, and cow poop wars. Typical.

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