In a nutshell, the Envirothon is an environmentally-themed high-school competition where students compete with each other in five knowledge areas: Aquatics, Soils, Forestry, Wildlife, and a Current Topic, this year's topic being Non-Point-Source Pollution. Non-point-source pollution is pollution that cannot be traced to a single source, i.e. runoff. Currently, it is the single biggest source of water pollution in the U.S.A.
I serve on the local Envirothon committee and wanted to make an appearance at the state competition to cheer my team on. The state winner goes on to the national competition and if they win there, international competition. I don't know the results yet, but I do know that our team won one of the categories but finished out of the top three overall. Oh well, it was a good effort and the perfect excuse to visit my old buddy Punch who lives in the area.
Mr. C's big adventure, in pictures:
|First stop: After a long haul down from Baja, a nap under a shade tree on beautiful Tampa Bay overlooking the Skyway Bridge before the final leg into Bradenton/Sarasota.|
|Sunday morning Punch and I decided to take a ride to the Sarasota waterfront. Sarasota is really a beautiful city and Sarasota Bay a favorite anchorage.|
|An old salt rows ashore. In the cage in front of him is his Cockatiel, Lucy, his best and only companion.|
|On the return trip I couldn't resist a photo of this stunning field of day lilies in Citra. This is the second time I have been fortunate enough to see this splendid sight.|