This Pet-Friendly Beach Gave Me Crabs – travelanimaldr.com

This Pet-Friendly Beach Gave Me Crabs – travelanimaldr.com

Bowers Beach is a public pet-friendly beach located in Bowers, Delaware – travelanimaldr.com My husband and I took a road trip with our dog, Jade, so that we could see what all of the hype was about in the spring horseshoe crabs event. If you missed my last article: “All About the Horseshoe Crabs”, click here for a quick overview on the mating rituals of the horseshoe crabs. Arrival to Bowers Beach We arrived in the early afternoon and excitedly made our way to the beach with our doggy bags, towels, and phones to snap pictures and videos. The sight of this prehistoric looking crab was absolutely spectacular. Though the species have been around longer than dinosaurs, flying insects, and people, individuals have a lifespan of around twenty years. Crabs, Crabs, Crabs The horseshoe crabs become sexually mature at around ten years of age, at which point they scurry ashore during new and full moons each spring, when high tides can sweep them high up on the beachfront to mate. Sometimes the crabs would get stuck on their backs and would require our help to turn them right-side up. By the end of the trip my husband and I were crab- flipping naturals, saving thirty toppled crabs so that they could fulfill their reproductive goals. My husband and I were not the only ones that were intimidated by the sight of this living ancient relic.   Jade’s New Friend Jade, startled by the creature and the incoming waves, sat directly on top of her “pet parents” as often as she could. While Jade’s first time on the pet-friendly beach seemed pretty overwhelming, she...
JGI: Meeting Dr. Jane Goodall -travelanimaldr.com

JGI: Meeting Dr. Jane Goodall -travelanimaldr.com

This Earth Day, I want to recognize Dr. Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) for, “Sowing the Seeds of Hope”. -travelanimaldr.com The standing ovation for this soft-spoken, yet illustrious woman made every celebration for the triumphant winner of each season of Hell’s Kitchen pale in comparison. Were Dr. Jane Goodall’s admirers clapping for her substantial scientific advancements; her dedication to establishing environmental awareness around the globe; her devoted education of their children through her “Roots & Shoots” program; her political achievements such as being named a U.N. ‘Messenger of Peace” twice by the United Nations; or for a multitude of these reasons? Regardless of the rationale behind our appreciation, Dr. Jane deserves every moment of our rejoice. Story Telling Dr. Goodall’s natural ability for story telling kept me captivated from the moment that she began speaking. Her reminiscent voice launched my imagination in a way that, in one-minute I was in the lecture hall, and the next, I was standing on a peak in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. A feeling of devastation overcame me, as I overlooked the once green, evergreen forest. In front of me now were just desolate mountains, free of trees or greenery due to deforestation. I was relieved when later in the lecture; Dr. Goodall brought me back to Gombe. This time my feelings of helplessness disappeared as once again, in my imagination I saw an enchanting evergreen forest restored greener, and healthier than ever. I listened as Dr. Jane explained the integral part she played in restoring her home to its natural state. Dr. Jane Goodall had created a station in Gombe where...
The Best Pasta Salad at travelanimaldr.com

The Best Pasta Salad at travelanimaldr.com

This is the best pasta salad from travelanimaldr.com.  It is easy to make and even easier to clean up. Make it Vegan: There are cheeses available for vegans. You can add and detract vegetables from this recipe to your tastes. I have had corn and vegetarian pepperoni instead of bacon with this pasta before. Easy Clean Up: If you do not want to dirty a bowl you can add ingredients to gallon sized bags and shake them up. This also saves up some room in the refrigerator. Ingredients: 8 oz Rotini noodles 1 cup of Italian dressing 1 box of Morningstar bacon 8 oz cheddar cheese 1 tomato 1 orange pepper 1 can of sliced olives 6 oz cauliflower 1/3 medium onion cilantro to taste Directions: Follow directions on box to boil rotini noodles in water and strain. Microwave Morningstar bacon for 1 1/2 minutes (follow directions on back of box if using a different amount). Cut up pepper, tomato, onion, bacon and cauliflower to bite sized pieces. Cut up cheddar cheese into small cubes. Combine cheese, tomato, pepper, cauliflower, onion, bacon, and noodles and mix well. Add 1 cup of Italian dressing. Set in refrigerator to cool. Ready to serve after cooled. My Review This is truly the best pasta salad and it has been my personal favorite side dish for as long as I can remember. The beauty of the recipe is that you can take away and add ingredients as you like. For instance, while I am completely obsessed with the Morningstar Bacon brand, there are also brands of pepperoni that are vegetarian. Our family adds cilantro to our pasta,...
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