Florida for Christmas

It’s been a couple of months since the last post, so this post is going to be pretty big. A lot has gone on in the last while.

With our slow pace we followed the fall leaves all the way down the eastern states to Florida. It was an amazing journey.

 

Claytor Lake State Park VA

Claytor was an amazing display of how beautiful the fall colors can be.

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Grayson Highlands State Park VA

This site was recommended to us as one of the greatest sites in Virginia. It definitely lived up to the expectations.

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Appalachian Trail

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One of the favorite pictures of all time. Kimberley is down there grabbing a photo of a graveyard just past that amazing tree.

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Appalachian Trail

 

Kings Mountain SC

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The colors really are that caramel color during sunset.

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Crooked River State Park GA

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Jesse just heard Kimberley’s telling of “Why the chicken crossed the road”.

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Florida has bugs like nowhere else.

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A big and colorful grass hopper.

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Sugar mill ruins trail

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Reminds me of Indiana Jones

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Sugar mill ruins trail. The canopy is filled with Spanish Moss.

 

Cape Canaveral FL

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Welcome to Florida

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The surf Mecca. Also known to the locals as “The house that weed built”

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If you’re the 11 time surf champion of the world, you might get a 25 foot statue as well.

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Nice to see that Ron Jon had the modesty to put the Surfer Dude flag lower than both the FL state flag and the US flag. Shows class brah.

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Venice FL

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Jesse’s first swim in the Gulf of Mexico.

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My nephew owns this store. Way to go Amiet!

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Oscar Scherer State Park FL

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There’s a bald eagle in there right next to the cloud

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If you look closely you’ll see a wild turkey

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The coolest dog on the beach. It’s amazing his shades stayed on with all his running around.

 

Myakka State Forest FL

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A word about Christmas

I’d like to finish up this post with a word about Christmas, in particular about nut-crackers.  Having once been a functional instrument it has morphed into something quite different than how it started (like TV).

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In this picture you see two quite useless nut-crackers branded with kid friendly characters. With the Mickey nut-cracker you’d be lucky to be able to crack a roasted pistachio. The Charlie Brown nut-cracker probably can’t even crack bird seed.

Fortunately these crackers are child safe, but the professional adult versions are equally quite useless.

My 2 cents,

Dan