I admit it I’m easily distracted and require very little excuse to hit the road and explore. I had set a goal of following the Kentucky Bourbon Trail every weekend until finished. Well, I failed. Seems some old school chums wanted to get together and that was all the excuse I needed to flee to Florida. Especially to escape the snow.
So is it no wonder that the mere suggestions of getting together caused me to flee?
On the journey to Florida Layla and I stayed one night at the welcome station just inside the north Tennessee border. When we woke up that morning it was -11 degrees!!
Now that’s more like how I like to wake up and get the coffee on.
Ocean Pond is a camp within the Osceola National Forest that is quite close to the Olustee Civil War Battlefield. This site holds special memories for me because my Dad used to bring me here to watch the reenactments of the historic battle. They are still recreating the battle each year at this site, here’s the link again to follow, Olustee Battlefield
What about the gathering? Well here’s some shots from the fun time we had…
This was a gathering of the LANDON LIONS, or at least those of us that were in the 9th grade in ’71. Wow, can somebody check and make sure I got that right??? It really can’t can’t be that long ago!!
The entertainment for the evening was provided by Mike Shackelford.
Mike’s a singer and songwriter that has been performing around the Jacksonville Beach area for many years. I really enjoyed the way he covered some of the songs of “the day” this group was reveling in. Click on this link to check out what a great job he did with one of my favorites. “You can’t always get what you want.” I especially like the bluesy harmonica ending. Thanks Mike for being there and being part of a good time.
It was a great time visiting with folks that some have not seen since graduating high school. While I’m not really the type to go to all the organized reunions (read that as none), I do suggest that you get together at least once.
The things I think I regret the most are not the things I did in life, but rather the things i didn’t take time to do. Chances to spend time with old friends, acquaintances, and family are fleeting moments that may not come back around.
After the party was over Layla and I went to visit my cousin and adventure buddy who lives in Sawgrass there in Ponte Verda Beach.It’s a sight to see those flowers by the sign since I couldn’t even see the ground where we came from.
Tomorrow, I think I’ll take Layla to the beach like I promised and go investigate the Matanzas National Monument. I can’t pass up a chance to add another stamp to my passport.
Check back soon!
In the meantime, Get out, Be safe, and Go adventure.