"Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead."
– Louisa May Alcott
I don't know about the rest of you, but there are a couple of New Year's resolutions that I have already given up on. What's up with that? Why is it so difficult for me (and lots of people just like me) to stick with a plan, especially when the plan involves something that will make us healthier? Is it laziness? I have never really been a lazy person so I'm not sure that's it. So I have included the quote above to re-inspire me to get back on the stick.
This week there are no pictures to upload and share. Steve and I left what was probably our second favorite state park - - Henderson Beach in Destin, Florida - - and the following day, they were hit with severe weather and a possible tornado. We camped out at Ochlockonee River State Park for a couple of days and were also hit with severe weather, but given that we were in a dense forest, most of the high winds were buffered by the trees so we didn't really experience any damage although it rained most of the night. Tallahassee, just 40 miles north of us, had a tornado touchdown, so once again, we dodged a bullet.
Ochlockonee River State Park was an interesting place. I don't recommend it if you are in a camper that falls into the "Big Rig" category as ours does. It barely, and I mean BARELY, accommodated our 40' foot Big Red and we have two light scratches on the side to prove it. This area of Florida is supposed to be a haven for Florida black bear, but being the wildlife repellent that we are, we saw nothing except some deer tracks near our campsite and the infamous white squirrel. I wish we would have had our camera with us when we took our nature walk because the squirrel was actually white and sort of creepy looking. I have included a link to a website that talks about them: http://tallahasseemagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=375&Itemid=97
Anyway, we left there after a couple of days and have parked ourselves in Sorrento, Florida which is just north of Orlando. Steve and I have been chilling here waiting for the arrival of my mother-in-law Connie. We have a number of fun activities planned for her so we will have a ton of pictures for next week's post. We did get to play some putt putt yesterday at what I would consider the best miniature golf course I have ever played (and if you know my kids and grandkids, you know we love putt putt so I know from what I speak). It is the Congo River Mini Golf in Altamonte Springs. Awesome. It even had one par 4 and a couple par 3 holes. Some of the holes have a wheel you spin to make the play more interesting. Like using the wrong end of the putter, using only your foot to move the ball and bonus point for a hole in one. There's also a scavenger hunt that you play for prizes.The best part about it was the layout and the way they staged each hole. They really paid attention to the details on their theme and the landscaping throughout was nicely done. Made for quite an enjoyable experience.
Ok, sorry for such a boring post this week but sometimes you just have to lay low and chill so that's what we did this past week. We are hoping to make up for that this week and wear Connie out in the process! :)
Take care and think about kick-starting your forgotten New Year's resolution. January 1 is just an arbitrary date anyway and taking the time to do something that will improve our health or our lives is worth focusing on any time of the year.
I close with my favorite bumper sticker ever: SCENERY IS HERE, WISH YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL!