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Nov 4, 2011 - Heart Weekend - Kathie

The team weekend retreat 11/4/11 - 11/6/11. H.E.A.R.T - Missionary Training Institute (link) When we left for Heart my expectation was that the experience would not be much different from what we had last year. Boy was I wrong. Instead of the 'luxury' trailer that we bunked in last year that had electricity and running hot/cold water, flushing toilet, and shower, we were assigned to bunks in cabins with students. When I found this out I was disappointed and not looking forward to the weekend as much because it was forecasted to be a cold...

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Nov 4, 2011 - H.E.A.R.T. Retreat

The team weekend retreat 11/4/11 - 11/6/11. Link for Pictures H.E.A.R.T - Missionary Training Institute (link) When we left for Heart my expectation was that the experience would not be much different from what we had last year. Boy was I wrong. Instead of the 'luxury' trailer that we bunked in last year that had electricity and running hot/cold water, flushing toilet, and shower, we were assigned to bunks in cabins with students. When I found this out I was disappointed and not looking forward to the weekend as much because it was...

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Apr 28, 2011 - Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida

We took a day trip to visit Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, about 45 miles northeast of Wauchula. This National Historic Landmark features the landscape artistry of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., whose firm’s handiwork we have seen in several other settings, such as Central Park in New York City and Shelburne Farms in Vermont (see our entry of August 24, 2007). The land atop Iron Mountain (one of peninsular Florida’s highest points at 298 feet) was purchased by Edward W. Bok in the early 1920s for the express purpose of providing a peaceful...

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Nov 30, 2010 - Bok Tower Gardens

I had business to attend to in Lake Wales and it is 75 miles from here, so I went today. It took two hours to get there, but while my mat was being repaired, I spent the afternoon visiting a National Historic Landmark on one of the highest points in Florida, the Bok Tower and Gardens on Iron Mountain. Edward Bok came over from the Netherlands as a poor boy, but became editor of the Ladies' Home Journal and made that become the best selling magazine of the early 1900s. When he retired, he built on his interest of plants and made natural...

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Oct 29, 2010 - Heart Retreat Weekend

HEART (Hunger Education and Resources Training) Institute Retreat Photos Some of the team had been to HEART before, but those that hadn't didn't know what to expect. The purpose was to experience mission life in difficult circumstances but unfortunately (or luckily) the cabins were full so 14 women shared a 3 bedroom trailer - with running hot water, electricity, and toilets. Praise the Lord! It was a wonderful weekend full of team activities, song, and VBS program planning. AGENDA: Friday, October 29th 5:30 pm - Meet at Calvary, Pack the...

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Feb 1, 2010 - Bluegrass and Geocaching

We left Cape Coral, Florida for a four day Bluegrass Festival at a cross road in the cattle country. The place is called Yee Haw Junction, they have a hotel and dinner. So we got to see some of our close friends at the bluegrass festival at night and roam the area during the day light hours. Good music , Good friends and Good food, what else is there in life. During the day we went out to do some GEOCACHING and see the country side of Florida.We got to Heartbreak Hotel in the town of Kenansville,in the late 1800's this was cattle town and...

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Jan 30, 2010 - Lake Wales

We traveled south to Lake Wales. Tonight we are at camp Mack’s River Resort. Carriage friends Sue and Bob own a lot here. The lots are big lots with cement lots. It was 78 degrees here this afternoon. We went out for dinner with Bob and Sue and had a wonderful time. I had a full rack of baby back ribs. What a pig, oh well, I’ll have to go walking tomorrow.

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Jan 29, 2010 - South Of Yee Haw Junction

We went south of Hee Haw Junction to a small place in the road called Holopaw. Next to a place to eat was our cache. After all that running around , it was time to eat. Good old Gator tail, black eyed peas, collard greens and a big glass of ice tea. As you can see we get to see things and get to talk to people and get to do things that we would do if not for GEOCACHING. After eating, we went over to Harmony, a town with a very nice play ground for the kids in "US". At Harmony was a metal sculpture that was made from a metal barn that was on...

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Jan 23, 2010 - GEOCACHING

We love to listen to bluegrass music at night and during the day light hours run around the area, looking at the things that we would not see if we we had not been hunting for that cache. Our first cache was next door to the Lake Wales,Florida train station. They had room after rooms full of old pictures of the town and the train station during the early 1900's. We got to see the city as nver before, we got to talk with people along the city parks, we got to see things in the city that only the people of that town would get to see if you...

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Jan 21, 2010 - Bonita Springs In Lake Wales

This was the first bluegrass festival for the year, they had held the festival in Bonita Springs for a few years . Now it is held in Lake Wales, Florida, a very nice area for the bluegrass. We enjoyed the music and the the time to run around Lake Wales during the day light hours . During the day , we like to do some GEOCACHING in the area that we are staying. We get to see parts of the country other ways that we would not get to see. GEOCACHING is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the...

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Jan 21, 2010 - Bonita Springs Bluegrass Show

We have gone to Haines City for there bluegrass festival , but NOT NO MORE!!!!! They stopped the festival and Bonita Springs also. Both towns were putting to much cost of the bluegrass, so they moved from Bonita Spring , Florida to Lake Wales,Florida The bluegrass is at the Lion's camp just east of Lake Wales, Florida. We had fun for all and shall be going back again next year.

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Nov 12, 2009 - Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Wales is an interesting little town in the middle of Florida. While I was waiting for my mat to be fixed (a squirrel chewed a hole in it last winter in Miami), I got lunch and at it while looking at Lake Wales itself. Then I followed signs to Spook Hill which led me past Spook Hill Elementary and High Schools with Caspar the Friendly Ghost as their mascots. Spook hill is another spot of land where your car seems to roll uphill instead of downhill. There was a big sign telling an Indian story about this magical place, but I didn't have...

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