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.
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.
“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.