|Future scientists... scuba divers... veterinarians....|
|A pumpkin manatee|
|An unbroken Atlantic giant cockle. |
( oops--I forgot to take pictures of the fighting conch shells.)
|Wave jumping! Whoo-hoo!!!|
Today we made our last field trip from the condo. We visited the Six Mile Cypress Slough. Basically, this is where the Caloosahatchie River flows, very slowly, through Fort Myers into Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, and then into the Gulf of Mexico. The job of a slough is to slow down the flow of a river so the sediment can settle and clear water can flow through to the bay. The trees and vegetation that live in a slough feed on the sediments, further purifying the water.
One of the great trees that grow in the slough is the amazing Cypress tree. This tree can live in water close to nine months a year. The trees have unique roots that spread and intertwine creating a very sturdy base, plus they help bring oxygen to the trees. Our guide said that even in hurricanes, which thankfully don't come through SW Florida often, these trees survive quite well.
|Cypress trees and roots|
Before heading down to the pool, I had to make good on my promise to take the kids miniature golfing. Yesterday we washed and vacuumed the truck with the
bribe reward of mini golfing at our favorite place, Safari Golf. So, in the 90-degree heat we golfed (I'm the only one who seemed to notice the heat). The bonus for me was 1) I got three holes-in-one swinging leftie and 2) it was "Wacky Wednesday" so all games were just $4! Yeah!!!
Here are your trivia questions:
28. The word slough rhymes with: a) tough b) stew c) low d) cow
29. True or False: The water in a slough is fresh.
30. Because cypress tree roots are under water for great lengths of time, here is a special root section that grows above water and looks like a stump. What is that root "stump" called?
31. What two teams are in the World Series? Which team has won more World Series titles? (2 points)