It’s rare I post a photo of myself, but my day spent on the road reminded me of how much more I prefer spending a day enjoying the natural beauty of Florida.
The top photo shows me (on the left) and my good friend, Jens, who dwells in Berlin. The photo was taken in a creek near my fishing camp, at a location quite deep in a forest, where the nearest people were five miles away. Jens spent a year with me, about twelve years ago, as a high school exchange student. We remain the closest of friends, even though we live five thousand miles apart. I sent him a Christmas card on Monday; I do every year.
But some of our most beautiful places are rivers. Canoeing in Florida is one of life’s better ways to spend a day. A canoe trip is quiet and peaceful, and you’ll typically see everything from alligators and turtles, to racoons and deer. If you ever visit Florida, give it a try. Canoeing kicks the crap out of theme parks, and it costs virtually nothing. You can bring a cooler full of beer, too.
Okay, today I spent three hours battling traffic in Tampa and on I-4, one of Florida’s craziest stretches of road. I especially love getting boxed in by those tractor-trailer combos, the ones the size of freight cars. It’s like driving in a canyon. Aye-yi-yi. But I shared a nice lunch with my loved one, and I made it home alive. Ha-cha-cha ….
It’s quiet here on the island tonight, and a little cooler. I’m listening to a little C, S & Y on the stereo, and soon I’ll make dinner for myself. Wherever you are, I hope you’re having a nice Thursday night, friends.