May has been a crazy and busy month so far at Reptiles Alive.

Our Curator, Jennifer Pennington, and her husband Aaron recently bought a new house.  They and their German Shepherd Heidi all love the new place and are very excited about the move.  Of course, any move requires a ton of time and Jen has been spending any free time she has: cleaning, packing, unpacking, organizing, etc…  Whew – it is hard work to move!

At the same time Jen has been moving, I have been away on two trips.  First, I flew back to my other “home” in Reno, NV where my Dad lives.  I love Nevada, and I typically go back there about 2 or 3 times a year.  The desert is AWESOME, and hey, Reno is the “Biggest Little City”.  But this trip was not just about going back to visit Dad and hang out in the desert.  This time – my brother Will had bought tickets to the Dead concert at Shoreline in Mountain View, CA as my birthday present.

So, I flew to Reno from here, Will flew from Hawaii to Reno and we both borrowed my Dad’s Monte Carlo and drove across the Sierra Nevadas to the concert.  There was still a lot of snow in the Sierras, so I did not find any reptiles there.

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Mt. Rose Highway, Sierra Nevadas, Nevada

I looked for herps in the hills surrounding the Shoreline Ampitheater and I didn’t find any reptiles, but I did find a ton of large and pretty snails.  The concert, by the way, was smokin’ – even without Jerry, the Dead rocked!

As soon as I flew back from Reno, I drove over to Rehoboth Beach, DE to meet up with some of my friends and go on a kayak trip sponsored by the Dogfish Head brewery.  On the kayak trip we saw quite a few northern water snakes, red-bellied slider turtles, osprey birds, and beautiful Fringe trees in full bloom.

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Northern Red-Bellied Cooter, Milton, DE

So, while Jen Pennington, Jen Rafter, and I were all out of the office – who was taking care of our animals and performing shows?  Rachel Walker!  Today is the first day she has had off in more than two weeks!  Whew – she has been working hard!  Well, luckily, she has some trips coming up soon.

Ssssee you all out there at the shows soon!