Yesterday afternoon we heard what sounded like an airplane circling our house, so we looked up to see what it was… Turns out it was a guy in a hang-glider with what look like a giant fan strapped to his back! He had taken off from the high school football fields that are behind our … Continue reading
Category Archives: Florida
In My Mind, I’m Goin’ to Carolina
We met our home exchange family at our house on Wednesday, showed them around, then left to spend the night with Mother in Deerfield Beach, on our way to North Carolina. Here’s Mother in front of her apartment on Thursday morning as we were leaving, holding her early Christmas present, an iPad2. Thursday, we drove … Continue reading
After leaving Robbie’s in Lower Matecumbe Key, we went to an art festival at Holiday Isle. Lots of looking, but no buying for us. Next, we stopped at Founders Park in Islamorada on the way home. There was an all-day reggae festival called Bayjam going on. We stopped and listened to a couple songs. It’s … Continue reading
For lunch yesterday we went to Robbie’s marina restaurant and after eating, Dale fed the tarpon. The pelicans looked on… …except for this guy; he wasn’t interested. He just wanted something to snack on.
We had Thanksgiving dinner at our house in the Keys and my Mother, Sandy and David came down to spend the weekend with us. Dale spent the last two days cooking. Here’s the exhausted chef. Time to carve the turkey… …’cuz the fixins’ are waiting… The food was great and it was good to be … Continue reading
Today, we drove to Miami to go to the annual Miami Book Fair. I used to go every year when we lived in Miami, so it was nice to go again after a couple year hiatus. I went in search of history books and this year Dale accompanied me and found several good mysteries. The … Continue reading
We’re in Miami this morning, hoping to have lunch with Kyle. As we got in the car this morning in the Keys, we were greeted by these pretty blooms. Just thought this picture was nice enough to post.
There’s an annual event sponsored by The Miami Herald newspaper in South Florida called the Tropic Hunt. We’ve been participating since the mid-1980s when it first began; Dale and I came in third place that year, and Kelly and I made a father-daughter event out of it more recently. The Tropic Hunt is part scavenger … Continue reading
I am Iron Man
Yesterday, we got up early and drove to Miami to watch Kyle and his friend, Jordan Ziegler, in an Iron Man competition. The race is a half triathlon, consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bicycle race, followed by a 13.1 mile run. Kyle and Jordan started at 7:00 a.m. and … Continue reading
Back in the Keys
Friday we drove to Deerfield Beach to have lunch with Mother. She made a delicious soup for us. Nothing like home cooking! After our visit, we continued to Hollywood and camped at a county park. Friday night we went to a comedy show in Ft. lauderdale featuring Kathleen Madigan, my favorite comic. Saturday we did … Continue reading
Backroads of Florida
Well, we’re almost back home, but this is the part of our travels that is normally the least interesting. We’ve made the journey from Gainesville to South Florida (and vice versa) so many times that we now just endure it as a necessity to get out of Florida. So today we decided to do things … Continue reading
This evening, Kelly took us to the Rock Gym where she works part time. Trevor also works at a rock gym in Buffalo. Dale had gone rock climbing before with Trevor, but I had never tried it. It’s more fun than I had thought, and it’s also good exercise. I can see why the kids … Continue reading
This morning we had an early lunch with Kyle and Kelly. But, first, we stopped at Kelly’s house so she could show us her slack-lining skills. Trevor’s really good at this, too, and I’m guessing that Kyle enjoys this sport as well. Kelly tried to help me and Dale learn, but we didn’t get very … Continue reading
After caving, Kyle and Kelly and their gang drove to Atlanta and then home to Gainesville. We took our time and drove just past Atlanta, went to a movie, and then stopped for the night. The next morning we drove to Gainesville and then yesterday we drove a little further south to Micanopy where we … Continue reading
We had a nice visit with Kyle for lunch and then stopped by his house I love this picture! It was taken in front of Kyle’s office. And, so, off we go to points north!
We left the Keys at 3:00 yesterday and drove to Gainesville, arriving a little after 10:00. It was too late to find a campground, so we stayed at Walmart on 13th Street. It was actually quite comfortable and quiet there. This morning we got up and met Kelly for breakfast at her favorite breakfast joint, … Continue reading
Two days of driving and we’re back in Florida now. Branson didn’t appeal to us – a little too country & western, so we just kept driving. We’re in Pensacola and decided to splurge on the hotel. Here’s the view from our bed. We should be in Gainesville tonight. We’ll be driving along the Gulf … Continue reading