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~Remembering a fun time in December

December, 2015, – Visiting family in Hobe Sound, Florida

A boat ride along the intra-coastal canal with Bob, Howard’s brother.


A stop for fuel
Does hubby look like a sailor?
A stop at Saint Lucie Inlet. We docked the boat and took a two mile hike.
Looking east. Know what is over there?
No luck fishing off the pier. Can you tell they are related?
Looking West, the sun is getting low.
At the end of our two mile hike.
A Ring-billed Gull fly over.

~Today’s Feathered Friend-Wood Stork

Photos from Myakka River State Park, Florida – January, 2016


In many cultures, storks represent fertility, springtime and good luck.


Wood Stork
Wood Stork

Beauty I have none,

grace in flight I have plenty,

perseverance, I am proof.



Interesting Fact:

This species seems to have evolved in tropical regions; its North American presence probably postdates the last ice age. A fossil fragment found might be of the living species; it is at most from the Late Pleistocene age, a few 10,000s of years ago.


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~Signs of Spring


Look around,

signs of Spring,

are abound.

Fluttering wings,

colorful blooms,

birds that sing.


Swallowtail Butterfly
Northern Mockingbird
Making way for new feathers


The rains came and haven’t stopped, reminding us once again that this is an El Nino year.  What a time to be in Louisiana. What else should we have expected, plus it is Spring.

Yesterday, we were camping in Mandeville, Louisiana at Fairview Riverside State Park. The day we arrived management closed the RV loop closest to the river. We kept watching the water rise in the park and had a feeling we would be asked to evacuate, and that is what happened. We packed up quickly and drove a short distance to Hammond, Louisiana. The rains came again and haven’t stopped – twelve inches so far!

We will stay in Hammond until we feel it is safe to travel; hopefully a window of opportunity will present itself on Saturday so we can head west toward home.

We enjoyed our stay in Florida, even though it was rainy. Since my last post on travel news, we attended HamCation Ham Fest in Orlando, spend time again with friends at Lake Louisa and Rainbow Springs State Parks and then headed west. Our week at my most favorite “resort” was priceless; being with family is always a wonderful treat.

We are hoping our trek home will be dry, enjoyable and uneventful.


Spring a time for renewal. Enjoy!

~Today’s Feathered Friend-Northern Cardinal

Wearing breeding colors,

sitting high toward the sky,

so his song can be heard,

singing, singing, singing,

to a love he wishes to see.

Singing his love song.
Singing his love song.

While camped at Lake Manatee State Park this Northern Cardinal visited our campsite. He sang his heart out for the longest time. I never did see a female around.

Pretty Profile
Pretty in Profile

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