I started using twitter back in March 2009 when our local news team was offering free movie tickets to tweeters. In exploring a practical use for Twitter, I thought that I might be able to incorporate some publicity for our local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society by setting up an account.
A fellow tweeter caught my eye because she gives a morning weather report for Long Island, my old stomping ground and still home to my eldest sister. She also shows a penchant for being environmentally concerned. And I also noted a quick wit imbedded in her 140 characters. I was headed up to NY in 2010 for a wedding so @gemswinc and I agreed to meet for coffee at the airport. Let's just say that it is somewhat amazing that either of us is capable of communicating using only 140 characters. We are both quite chatty. On that trip Cindy was kind enough to drive me from the airport to my sisters, saving a trip for my brother-in-law and the environment since she drives a Prius ;)
In 2011 she was headed down to Central Florida for a family visit so we agreed to meet for lunch. I found an "off the beaten track" restaurant on Lake Jessup which was unique and somewhat nature oriented.
Here we are in 2012. I was once again headed to Long Island for a wedding so we planned to meet at least for coffee or lunch during my 5-day whirlwind trip.
The week I planned my trip details, I had to update mailing lists for the native plant people. I noticed a member had a 631 telephone area code. Odd, because that is the area code for my sister on Long Island. I looked and saw that this member showed an affiliation with "South Fork Natural History Museum" which I had never heard of, and since I lived part of the time on Long Island for 20+ years, my curiosity was piqued. I ran a search and found that it is located in Bridgehampton, on Long Island's East End and it indicated that it had a nature center and trails. I tweeted @gemswinc to see if she ever heard of it. Nada.
What a great place! Lindsey ??? greeted us and gave us each a field guide for the inside exhibit. She explained that the tour is set up to get children (and adults) familiar with making use of a field guide. I also learned that the native plant society member is the retired director of the museum and I saw his name on a flier as a scheduled tour guide for the upcoming weekend tour.
There was a "touch tank" filled with crabs, fish, muscles and other interesting creatures. We headed out to the trails and saw beautiful butterflies, lots of wildflowers and birds. A return to center took us up to the observation deck that is equipped with spotting scopes and books of the possible creatures you might find out in "the old field". The director ???? joined us and he spotted an eagle doing acrobatics off in the distance and he positioned the spotting scope so we could enjoy the encounter too.