Now that we are back, I'll get everything back to normal as soon as possible. In the meantime, I'll tell you about our trip.
|Pelican waiting for a handout|
I had a new camera to play with and the birds seemed to be posing for me. This pelican was hanging out by the cleaning station and refused to let anyone else come around to share.
|Monkey Island at Homosass|
The building at the right in the photo is a great restaurant that served the only vegetarian meal I saw on the entire trip. It seemed like everywhere we went specialized in breaded and deep-fried everything as long as it wasn't a vegetable. Not ideal for a vegetarian!
|The Super Moon|
We spent the middle of the next week just hanging out with Terry's father at his home in Citrus Springs.
It's like Christmas for us because we order all kinds of stuff through the internet and it's all waiting for us when we arrive. Terry has boxes and boxes of new fishing equipment and I bought a new computer and new camera.
|The Suwannee River from our deck|
The springs are everywhere. The water all comes out of the ground at 72 degrees and is amazingly crystal clear. Unfortunately, they haven't had much rain and all the rivers are very low.
|Suwannee River spring|
It's kind of hard to see in the photo because the sun is reflecting off the surface of the water, but that dark hole in the center of the spring seemed like it was about 20 feet deep. That's where the main source of the water was. I think it would be pretty cool (pun intended) to snorkel here.
|Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge|
It was so peaceful there. We saw only a few boats and all were going as slowly and carefully as we were. And, most important, no airboat were allowed!
|Sunning (and smiling) alligator|
We followed the river almost to the gulf and then stopped for a picnic lunch at a "rest stop" on an island. As we neared the gulf, there were a few houses along the banks - some beautiful but most quite rustic. I don't think I'd want to be in one during a hurricane.
|Chassahowitzka spring-fed river|
Too bad my camera didn't have the polarized sunglasses we had - the water was so clear that we could see every grain of sand and leaf of grass or plants on the bottom.
After three wonderful weeks with Terry's dad and his brother's family, we said our goodbyes and moved down the coast to Dunedin to visit Roger and Mickie, Terry's best friends from high school in Califon, New Jersey.
|My weirdly distorted legs and feet standing in the Atlantic|
I am from the western US, and although I have visited New England, I had never actually "set foot" in the Atlantic Ocean, so I got to cross that off my bucket list.
It was strange, though, to be standing facing the ocean while the sun was setting behind me. It just didn't seem natural!
About the time we got back to Dunedin on the gulf coast, the hurricane decided to cruise on up the other coast. The air got real hot and somehow "thick" so it seemed hard to breathe, but soon the winds kicked up and the air went back to normal. We had a pretty thick cloud cover for most of the rest of our trip but it didn't really cause us any problems. The sunsets, though, were absolutely amazing!