Good morning, everyone! This morning we are on the road, cruising through Alabama and just hitting Mississippi morning traffic. We are trying to time the drive so that we don’t hit any major cities (like Houston!) during extremely busy drive-times. Certainly don’t want our thirty-five nucleus hives to suffer more than necessary on the drive from Florida to Texas.
In the top picture, Mark was insspecting one of the nuc boxes at the Jester Bee Company site in Mim, Florida. It’s along the eastern coast of the state and the bees are nestled in among what’s left of an orange grove. They just relocated their entire operation from Arkansas down to Mims. We had a great visit with the family and after seeing how healthy the bees were, Mark worked with Kevin and his assistant to load up the boxes as I roamed around snapping pictures as usual. Fully suited, just in case, though the bees seem to be extremely gentle so I got out of the suit as soon as possible. 🙂 Even with the UltraBreeze suit, it was in the lower 80s already so the sooner you can ditch a bee suit, the better in my opinion.
After all the bees were loaded, we put the loaner net (thanks, Clint!) over the truck bed and headed on up Interstate 95 through Jacksonville and then across on Interstate 10. We use an iPhone app for truck stops along the way so that we can water and/or ice the bees to keep them as cool as possible. If you’re on our Facebook page, you’ve seen a few pictures of this process. If not, I will load all our pictures onto our Flickr album once we get home and you can check out the full set of pictures there. It’s too slow a connection to try and load all the pictures on the drive.
Okay folks, that’s it for now. We are taking a stretch break so more posting later since we have hours in the truck yet.