Did you think I was dead, maybe eaten by a bear? Nah, I’m fine. I just returned form a wonderful three-night visit with my friend Tim. He lives in a rural area outside of Ocala, FL. His three-story house fronts a lake, and the view form his screened front porch is mesmerizing.
I arrived at Tim’s Thursday, in the late afternoon. I brought clothes, my guitar, and plenty of booze. Every evening, we enjoyed Tim’s porch while drinking, and then we fixed dinner. Friday we canoed the Ocklawaha River, a beautiful place and very remote. The trip took about four hours and we saw hardly a soul the entire afternoon.
Saturday we hiked The Yearling Trail in the Ocala National Forest. Okay, the weather was a bit warm and the trail wasn’t the most fascinating I’ve ever hiked, but we enjoyed ourselves. Tim’s the type of guy you never run out of things to talk about. Know what I mean?
I returned home this afternoon, after a harrowing drive down I-75. The winter tourists and Spring Breakers are still here in full force, the traffic was crazy, especially going through Tampa. I mean, we crawled through the I-4/I-75 junction.
Anyway, I made it back to my little island, where there wasn’t a parking spot to be had, unless you had a permit like I do. 🙂 I unpacked all my crap, and then I washed my car ’cause it was splattered with bugs form my Ocala excursion. Then I spent some time on our observation deck, enjoying the new captain’s chairs and table that were delivered during my absence. They look great and are so comfortable. Afterward, I grabbed a nice warm shower, and now I am savoring a vodka/tonic before I start cooking dinner. I have no plans for this evening. Right now I am listening to my I-Pod and Beats headphones; I’m enjoying Mozart’s Requiem as I write these words.
Okay, everyone, sorry for the hiatus in my posts, but Tim and I were so busy the past few days I simply didn’t have time to bot up my laptop computer. I’ll post again tomorrow, as I ease back into my usual routines after spending all week on the road. Have a nice Sunday night, friends.