Sexy boys in backpacks; Martin’s still in a daze ….

backpack #5Hi, friends and readers:

Why is it that a backpack sometimes makes a young man look so appealing, especially if he’s not wearing a shirt? Do you like the boys in today’s photo posts as much as I do? I mean, look at the guy to the left. Do you think he has any trouble getting dates?

U-h-h-h, no.

I slept until eight AM this morning. A roofing crew is scuttling around just above me, installing the metal on my new roof, so it’s kind of noisy around here, but that’s okay. It’s progress, and I have been waiting for this to happen since last fall, when my entire construction project took root. When it’s done, we’ll have a well-supported roof that doesn’t leak, and we’ll have an elevated observation deck with wonderful views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. Getting something like this done in an island community in Florida is no easy task, but it’s finally happening.

backpack #8If you saw my post last night, you know my boyfriend and I just returned to our island from a ten-day road trip to northern Wisconsin. That trip followed one I took with friends to British Columbia, so essentially I have not been home for three weeks. I’m still feeling a bit dazed as I sit here at my desktop computer, writing these words. The past three days we spent in my Honda Element, hurtling down Interstate highways through the Midwest and the Deep South. I saw many new things, met many new people. I spent a good deal of time driving through the Appalachian mountain chain, a very moving experience. I never knew such peaks existed in the eastern U.S.

Some people find “corn country”, i.e., Ohio, Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and Kentucky boring, but not me. I love passing through the corn fields and wheat fields while I try to imagine what it’s like to live life on a family farm, spending your days in the fields and taking care of the animals and machinery that go into running a farming operation. I have great respect for farmers and the work they do.

One of the best experiences we had this trip was boating with friends on Green Bay, which is a fresh water bay to the west of Door County, Wisconsin, where we spent a week enjoying the cool weather. I sure wish I could spend my entire summer up there, avoiding the Florida heat and humidity.

backpack #4Okay, right now I am feeling a bit travel-weary, but I would not trade the past three weeks for any other experience I’ve had. I believe travel to new and different places enhances our lives more than any other activity, especially the new people we meet along the way. People in the Midwest are very welcoming to visitors; they try their best to make you feel at home, and I like that.

Today I will try to return to my usual routines: doing laundry, visiting the supermarket and the YMCA for a workout and lap-swimming. I got plenty of exercise during my trip, between hiking and cycling, but I’m still feeling a bit out of shape as I sit here.

My boyfriend’s working tonight, so I’ll be on my own, and that’s okay. I have plenty to do in the writing and correspondence departments, so I’ll stay busy. Have a great Friday, everyone.

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