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Old 11-01-2012, 06:00 AM   #736
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:43 AM   #737
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Hi Cynthia! I've been lurking for just a bit and thought I'd finally say "hello".

Sounds like yall had a truly exceptional turtle experience. Very cool stuff!
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:12 AM   #738
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All I can say is WOW!!!! That would definitely be the highlight of a trip for me. What an amazing experience for you and your family.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:12 AM   #739
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WOW!!!

What an awesome experience for your family!!! Loved the update and all of the info.

In February, we are staying at a resort in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. This is the third time we are staying there and the place has excellent snorkeling and a reputation for snorkelers to see turtles. In our previous two trips, we have not been successful seeing them in the water, but we hope the third time's the charm. Especially now that Ben loves snorkeling, too.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:42 AM   #740
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[QUOTE=eandesmom;46596784]It was a $15 "donation" per person and I booked it the minute I had that number in my hand as they sell out fast. Apparently they reserve certain nights just for Disney Vero guests though I didn't learn that until later, Weds and Thursday are open to the public on a first come first book basis. I'm now confused as to how the lottery plays into it as it is the same center Glenn went to with the lottery, but we were able to book ahead of time (but it was all Vero guests). Go figure.[/QUOET]

I've read both yours and Glenn's TR's and I'm still a little confuse.

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Driving up the A1A we realized something.

It was DARK! And not well lit. At all. Deliberately.
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And got not one, but three bug bites immediately on my stomach!
Wow. Sounds like it could be miserable!

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I stole some info as I think it's very very cool!
No, you just borrowed it, and promised to give the info back. Right?

It is very cool stuff!

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This is why you can’t have any lights on! The hatchlings will run towards the light, not the ocean. At night, the efflorescence of the surf is the brightest thing and they run to it. Lights confuse the little guys. With such survival rates, all those blinds, and rules helps what little it can. At least they have a chance of making it to the ocean.
It all makes sense now. Is it bad that I read all this stuff about sea turtles and kept thinking of Jack Sparrow escaping the island in the POTC movie?

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As our info session ended (which was good, it was kind of dark....slide show...I started to get sleepy) we got the news that Mrs. Crush had been spotted.
Dude!....Sweet.

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I started to think by the time we got to the cruise he'd have nothing left to wear at the rate he was going.
Then he'd have to get on the Carnival boat instead.

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They shine an infrared light that doesn't bug the turtle into the nest and at her rear so you can see the action.
Guess what? Turtle butt!

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"Look! It’s a hatchling!"

From a little boy, maybe about 5.


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And sure enough. Just down the beach from where we were, a full blown emergence was happening. Hundreds of teeny tiny baby turtles racing to the ocean. You could see them climbing out of the nest!
Wow! That sounds amazing!

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It was one of the most magical things I have ever, ever seen.
So awesome!
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:42 AM   #741
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Ahhhh... the bugs love u too huh.... I always feel like I should hang a sign around my neck... for the bugs... "here's the buffet..."....

Sounds like an awesome walk...

I'm actually going to have to let David read your turtle info... he will love it...
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:53 AM   #742
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awesome story, and very glad someone checked out what hte little boy said, alot of times adults just ignore comments and dont believe them.

lucky for you guys it was true and someone saw it.

very cool.

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:12 PM   #743
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Aww...what an amazing experience!!! I have always wanted to go to Vero and now I have another great reason to want to go!!
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:26 PM   #744
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:58 PM   #745
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Wow!! What a great experience!!! That sounds like a lot of fun, and how fortunate you guys were to be able to see the turtle hatch!
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:34 PM   #746
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[COLOR="]Hi Cynthia! Welcome home! Thanks for being away so you didn't get too far ahead of me! I am so wanting to go to Vero now! It looks like such an amazing getaway to add to your cruise. What an awesome turtle walk! Couldn't ask for a better experience, especially for the kiddos! I'm glad it was a success.

I'm hoping to catch up on some DIS this weekend - heading to LA for the weekend, and I'm taking my laptop with me to get some work done,, AND the hotel has internet!

Enjoy your African stew - sounds like a good Fall dinner! [/COLOR]
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:25 PM   #747
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Hi guys! Sorry for the lag in replies, I'm actually out of town at a work event and have been dealing with some drama for our potential 2013/14 trip! I think it's resolved but time will tell. I will have fodder for the start of that PTR once I finish this TR though that's for sure!

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The turtle walk sounds like an amazing experience!

Recently started reading about your trip. We are heading out on our first Disney Cruise in February and can't wait to read about that part of your trip too. We will also be on the Dream.
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We will be getting to the Dream part of our trip soon, 1.5 days worth of updates away! I am more than happy to answer any questions I can about it.

The turtle walk was incredible.

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Wow! How cool was that turtle walk? Was there a bright moon that you could see things - like how did that 5 year old spot the hatchling?
There was a bright moon, apparently it was much brighter than normal. I'm not sure how he spotted it to tell you the truth other than maybe seeing something tiny and dark moving, and realizing what it was when he looked closer at it.


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Sorry about the bug bites - that would happen to me too. Sarah's probably the worst in our family - she has bites all the time!
I get eaten alive. Just wait.

I feel for Sarah, Evan gets them too and almost as bad as I do. It is NO fun.

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Wow!!! How awesome that you saw an egg-laying and a hatching. Definitely worth the mile walk, and the destruction of a sandal or two. I'm glad that you didn't have to go through the disappointment of a dud turtle walk.
The emergence was amazing, I can't even really describe how cool it was.
Poor mama, those babies stole her show!


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We still had a little bit of light and were able to find that parking lot on the first try, but I can see how it'd be nearly impossible to see in the dark.
That will happen when you are actually early like you are supposed to be, instead of perpetually late like us!

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Great update, Cynthia!
I hadn't known about the turtle walks but will inquire into it. This sounds so interesting. Thanks for sharing!
It was incredible. If you ever do Vero at that time of year, you must go on one!

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The Turtle Walk sounds like an amazzzzzing experience! How neat that you got to see both a mother turtle laying eggs and tiny turtles hatching. We have turtles who lay eggs in our garden every year and we've marked the area but we've never seen them hatch.
It was so incredible, we felt like we were part of a Nat Geo documentary! So cool.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:31 PM   #748
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Between your report and Glenn's I need to go just to see this. It sounds so amazing to see.

Thanks.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:38 PM   #749
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Wow! Score on the egg laying and the hatching all in one night. That is just so darn cool. Major pixie dust for everyone. Well, everyone except maybe Jeff who keeps having wardrobe malfunctions.
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So glad I didn't miss this update! What a totally unique experience. And thank you and Wikipedia for the extra info. I'm glad you found the place too. That's such a frustrating feeling. I'd love to see that one day. Vero hasn't been on my radar until now. I'm sure Michael will that you.
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