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Mar 27, 2015 - Wakulla Springs

Tallahassee. FL Established in 1931, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the US. It includes the 80-foot tall St. Marks Lighthouse, the 2nd oldest lighthouse in Florida. Of course, we visited it even though it is now automated so we could not go in it. The refuge is inhabited by black bear, bobcat, otter, raccoon, fox, coyote, amphibians, alligator, snakes and many different species of birds. Of all these animals what we did manage to see? Only alligators and birds, both of which were abundant. From...

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Mar 26, 2015 - Rain delay

Tallahassee. FL We took a final look at the beaches of Santa Rosa Island and headed out, barely ahead of the rain. Even though we did our usual of taking back roads rather than the Interstate, we experienced just a few sprinkles most of the day. As we left the island we passed 2 unique structures. The Dome Home, built in 2002 in the form of a large concrete dome, is designed to structurally withstand hurricane-force winds at 133 mph and storm surge. It withstood hurricanes Ivan and Dennis. We also saw the UFO house complete with little...

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Mar 19, 2015 - Pensacola to Destin to Tallahassee, Florida

Wednesday morning we left Pensacola headed to Destin to meet up with cousin Jeff Marken. His great-grandfather and my grandfather were brothers from Des Moines, Iowa. Five years ago I was given a newspaper clipping from WWII that my aunt Verna had tucked away 70+ years ago. It was a picture and story of Jeff's grandfather DeLoss Marken who was the longest serving Chaplin in Europe during the war. I used Google to search for him and came up with a second cousin, Bob Marken I never knew of. Bob and I have keep in touch the last few years and...

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Mar 17, 2015 - Day 1: Ocala to Tallahassee

Started the trip on a great note when I slammed my thumb in the door on BART as I was getting in. Pretty uneventful drive from Ocala to Tallahassee. Arrived at Big Oak RV Park and was glad that we got a pull-thru site...didn't know if we would when I made the reservation. Park is good for overnight, but no amenities. Very unlevel. We were supposed to go to site 8, but there was an RV in it so they put us in site 5. I think I know why...look at the picture! Our back end is practically on the ground, and I had to put a step stool by the door...

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2015 Southwest Trip

Sep 22, 2014 - Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

Another rainy, muggy, buggy day in Florida. Got up early to go to Tarpon Springs before the rain came - I was the only one to do so. Things don't start happening in this tiny village until 11 or so when it's time for the restaurants to open. Even the Chamber of Commerce didn't open until 10. I took advantage of my early start by visiting St. Nicholas Cathedral which was designed as a replica of St. Sophia of Constantinople. Lovely church . I walked the main street, saw the boats full of sponges, and stopped in one of the few gift shops that...

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Sep 2, 2014 - First Night in Tallahassee

It takes a few days to adjust to living in our RV. We always seem to do a lot of driving the first few days. It is very hot in the afternoons with temps in the mid-nineties. I chose a campground in a county park outside Tallahassee. We had a site on a lake with lots of shade. When we put down the jacks to level the coach, one of them did not operate. On Monday when we were packing to leave, I had noticed hydraulic fluid was leaking from the pump that powers the slide outs and leveling jacks and so we were not surprised when there was a...

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May 4, 2014 - Macon on to Tallahassee, Florida

On the road again as old Willie Nelson sings about, As I am leaving my hotel outside Macon heading to Ocmulgee National Monument I take a wrong turn and end up in downtown Macon I saw a very old church built in 1888 very cool to see it as it is a Sunday morning services was just letting out so was able to go inside very nice, then a drive in old part of town no traffic nice and peaceful, then it is on to the Indian mounds. These mounds date back some 10,000 years of people living in North America, after leaving the monument I pass the...

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Apr 26, 2014 - Busy week in Tallahassee; COM training

Taking care of business items for the two of us this week. Back to Mayo on Thursday for a t-ball game. out to eat with friends. To Live Oak on Sunday for Campers on Mission to train / serve at a meeting on mission opportunities for local churches. Danny and I learned more about the feeding and preparation for emergency relief.

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Apr 9, 2014 - On the move!

We got a pretty good start this morning, after saying our goodbyes, and headed north on I95. We have decided to do some outlet shopping at Destin, Florida. From Ormond Beach we drove north-west toward Lake City on County Road 100. It was a secondary road, and a lot more interesting than staying on the Interstate to Jacksonville and then heading west to Lake City. Tonight we are camped at Big Oak RV Park in Tallahassee. We had intended to stay at the nearby Tallahassee East KOA, except when we stopped to register they told us their wifi was...

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Apr 9, 2014 - April 8 - Day 5

The only good thing about leaving Key West was the beautiful sunrise we drove toward as we left on Rt. 1 We listened to Jimmy Buffett as we watched the Keys disappear in the rear view mirror. We headed back toward the "mainland" and drove toward the panhandle and are now heading west! As we starting driving west, I noticed Chooie twitching as we went by swampy areas. I asked if he was ok, and he was, just having Ranger School flashbacks!! For those of you who don't know, the swamp phase of Ranger School is conducted near here. This was the...

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Jan 18, 2014 - Dining and Traveling

Yesterday was a relaxation day with a visit to the Tybee Island beach thrown in. For dinner we found ourselves at Uncle Bubba's Seafood where we agreed the Charbroiled oysters were quite worthy of being a house specialty which could easily have been a main course. Oysters, shrimp and scallops made up the main course and there were no leftovers on my plate! I decided dessert should be had, but Linda passed, or so she said. Our very kind server suggested I sample the key lime pie. When it arrived, an extra spoon had been placed upon my plate....

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No Snow For Us

Dec 14, 2013 - Bookclub Party and Vern CPA

Thursday night, Blanca and David has the annual Book Club White Elephant party. Pot luck dinner with everyone bringing a dish. So very good! Then as always, there were some popular books which were taken several times and some Christmas shopping for readers in families. It was wonderful to see and catch up with former neighbors: jobs, children, health, fun and challenging times. This is a group of world travelers and having them describe their adventures was confirmation that God made a beautiful world. Friday met with Vern Sanders, our...

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