Woods Wanderings

The Old Lady likes to look at trees.  Really, really look at trees.

Dog with Bone
Duck
Hobbitat
Bird Salute

You just never know what – or who – you might see out there.

Who is this?

From there to here

From here to there

Funny things are everywhere.

-Dr. Seuss

“I tucked my trowser-ends into my boots, and went and had a good time.” – Walt Whitman

CHASSAHOWITZKA!

“Gesundheit!” said The Old Lady.

“No, silly, it’s the name of the river!” said her friend B.

Look at your Florida map, along the left coast about halfway between Crystal River and Spring Hill, and you will see the road that leads to Chassahowitzka.  Follow that road to its end and you will find Chassahowitzka Campground (The Old Lady just LOVES to say “Chassahowitzka”!).

At the campground you can rent canoes and kayaks to embark upon your own river adventure.

The Old Lady saw a black and white warbler, a swallow-tailed kite, and a yellow-bellied sapsucker… and that was just at her campsite!  Along the river she saw herons, egrets, limpkins, wood ducks, double-crested cormorants and anhingas, belted kingfishers, ospreys AND an osprey nest, pelicans, black buzzards and turkey vultures, small water snakes and a LARGE water moccasin (cottonmouth), a family of foraging raccoons… and (drumroll here please) a pair of river otters that played and picnicked and performed for her private entertainment.

Where are the photos, you ask?  Sadly, The Old Lady’s camera is broken.

But if you want to see more… you must go out there yourself and see what can be seen!  If you seek, they will reveal themselves to you… but you have to go where they live.

Adventure is where you find it… but first, you have to look for it!

LISTEN to The Old Lady!

Adventure is Where You Find It

The Old Lady was on her way home when she saw a sign pointing off the main highway to Convict Spring.

So she turned, and found not just the spring but also the most delightful place to camp!

Suwanee River Rendezvous has primitive tent campsites right on the bluff overlooking the river.

Closer to the highway but well within walking distance is a big RV park that includes a heated swimming pool and hot tub!

Primitive camping on the river AND access to a hot tub?  It just doesn’t get much better than that!  Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it led The Old Lady to an unexpected and lovely adventure!

Signs of Love

Are you worn down from constantly hearing about doom, gloom, and American carnage?

The Old Lady recommends a slow stroll through a small town.

Strolling through Madison, Florida, recently The Old Lady saw many signs of LOVE…

… clear evidence of people helping people…

…and, the natives were friendly!

Life as Adventure

The Old Lady had nothing to do, nowhere to go, and all day to get there.

So she said to the Golden Dragon: “Want to go on an adventure?”

Dragons are always up for adventures.

There was highway and then there were two signs pointing down a dirt road, one with the boat ramp symbol on it and the other indicating the Florida Birding Trail.  So we went there.

There is a particularly spicy tang to being somewhere that one has never been.

There was a gopher turtle hole…

… and some other holes where maybe SOMEbody lives.

There were other things to be learned on this voyage of discovery, including finding out that retail computer technology has made such advances that the little Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a supermarket in Live Oak, Florida, have the capability to accept debit and credit cards as payment.

All of which goes to show that adventure is where you find it.  You don’t have to go far, you just have to pay attention to the wonders all around you.

The Passport

As you may know, The Old Lady has made a complete commitment to maintaining a positive outlook.

For example, the passport.

Months ago The Old Lady wanted a Passport Card, which is considerably cheaper than the Passport Book, because she saw that there might be an opportunity for her to cross the Mexican border and the Card is sufficient for that.

The clerk who rang up the order misunderstood and charged her for the Passport Book, which is what is required to travel overseas.  The total was twice what The Old Lady expected.

She made a snap decision not to correct the clerk and to pay the extra for the Book, thinking that by doing so she might be putting the Universe on notice that if there was any opportunity for her to travel overseas she was ready!

Even now, months later, The Old Lady chooses to hold the positive belief that since she has her documents already in order an overseas opportunity might still arise… and that when it does, she will be allowed to travel freely.

“We’ll see,” said The Old Lady with a wry grin.

Yoga Lessons

Image courtesy Google Images.

The Old Lady has taken up yoga.

Photo courtesy Google Images.

These are the main lessons she has learned:

  1. Focus on your own mat, not on the mats of others.
  2. Be in the moment, not planning the future or remembering the past.
  3. Stretch!  A lot.  Every day, in every way.

Try it, you might like it.  Listen to The Old Lady!

Alabama Adventure

“Tee hee,” cackled The Old Lady, “I reckon I’m the luckiest person on the planet.”

She has just returned from a fabulous all-expense-paid trip to Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Posh hotel?  Paid for.  Delicious food?  Covered.  Admission to tour the historic recording studios, a 1940s Frank Lloyd Wright designed house, and the world’s longest unmortared stone wall?  No problem.“And oh,” added The Old Lady, “did I mention browsing at an upscale designer’s shop where the staff kept us supplied with coffee, pastries, mimosas, and a cheese tray?”The Old Lady had the time of her life! She always says that the very best time is on somebody else’s dime.

The view from our balcony… PRICELESS!

The Positivity Principle

“My, my,” sighed The Old Lady, shaking her grey head, “aren’t things getting interesting!

Reframing definitions to change the meanings of words.  Denial of visual evidence.  False information and lies on a monumental scale.

“Have I fallen down the rabbit hole?”

The world is getting weird, and promises to get even weirder.

The Old Lady prescribes the Positivity Principle:

Instead of focusing on who you want kept out of your country, think about who you want to keep closer to you.

Instead of focusing on what you wish other people would not do with their bodies, think about what you are doing to your own body and perhaps find ways to take better care of it.

Instead of focusing on what you are against, think about what you are for and find ways to help make that a reality.

“Now,” sniffed The Old Lady, “don’t you feel a little bit better?”