"wishing everyone peace & happiness in 2012.
hopefully...LESS reality tv...and MORE creative imagination.
outdoor adventures. enjoy nature.
be tolerant...compassionate...respectful of the earth.
why the hell can't we all just get along...
yeah! happy new year!!" :)lk
and now, on to our christmas to new years camping road trip.
december 24th we finished packing the camper...loaded up milo...and headed to
the Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak, Florida (just about a 1½ hour drive).
situated along the famous ♪♫ Way Down ♪♫ Upon the ♪♫ Suwannee River ♪♫,
the shores are littered with Cypress Knees (cypress tree roots) and limestone outcroppings.
after backing into our campsite, we ALL got out to stretch.
but the one you want to see stretching is milo...
note milo's collar.
the campground was packed...we were a little apprehensive about letting milo roam free.
just in case we have to put her leash on...she wears her collar on this trip.
the squirrrels were NOT too happy...calling to each other.
warning each other.
~ CAT ALERT! CAT ON THE LOOSE!
STAY ON HIGHER GROUND! STAY IN THE TREES! ~
(that's the electric cord you see...not a snake...not milo's leash...)
after setting up camp...we took a quick walk down to the ♪♫ Suwannee River ♪♫.
limestone outcroppings, above and below.
the limestone present here is Fossiliferous...meaning it contains abundant fossils...
normally shell and skeletal fossils.
|the limestone up close.|
|OLD cypress roots & knees|
|a new cypress knee starting to form|
|a little snail in the water|
|Raccoon print by the edge of the water|
|a Fence lizard. just like we have at home. but this one is on some weathered wood at the shoreline.|
|limestone in the river reflection|
...time to head back to the camper...
|a shelf mushroom|
|a dried up Earth Star (mushroom/fungi)|
|small spider stepping around the dew drops hanging from her web|
|mushroom and a sweet gum leaf|
|very strange looking tiny mushrooms!! GREEN odd shaped caps and yellowish translucent stems!|
have a drink...relax...
and weather permitting, (it was a little rainy & cloudy).
we'll play scrabble or rummy 500 on the picnic table...
until it gets dark. then comes the campfire.
sam's expert (boyscout training)...
how to survive in the woods...
how to build a fire...tee-pee style...
and rub two sticks together to get it going.
(just kidding! he used a lighter.)
so, december 24th, 2011 comes to an end...
with a campfire...
with each other...
and with milo's final outdoor stretch of the day!
PART 2 coming next: walk to Balanced Rock
and then packing up and driving 2 ½ hours to Florida Caverns State Park,
in Marianna Florida...where we crossed the timeline and gained an hour!!
i have a lot of catching up to do on my own blog reading.
things have been a little hectic since we got home.
i had to drive south...to plant city...
to pick up my youngest son travis (who will be 28 on valentine's day).
he's out of work and struggling to stay a float!
so he'll be living with us for a bit.
but since he has no driver's license at this time...and we're outside the city...
some chauffeuring around will be in order.
normal routines will be out of whack...but i'll get settled soon.
stay cool & have a safe journey...
"I don't have any bad habits.
They might be bad habits for other people, but they're all right for me."
OH! almost forgot. my laptop did not have a good diagnosis.
it would have cost almost as much to repair as putting out the cash for a new one.
so, as much as i hate to spend the $$...with sam's convincing...i did.
a toshiba satellite L755 widescreen. windows 7. lots of cool extras & gadgets.
good deal at $399. from best buy.
have a nice week!