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Florida Vacation Was More of an Adventure Than Bargained For

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Wow! What an adventure. I headed out to Palm Coast on Delta Airlines. Not my best or first choice for an airline, but the cheapest–and I know why. Anyway after a day of sitting somewhere, either the airport or on the planes, I arrived to the sight of my son and daughter-in-law. Total joy! They are so far away and I really miss them. 

This was really late at night and, of course, you don’t really get fed on the plane. So, I lacked sleep and food. Not a good combination. But I held it together and off to Palm Coast we rode. I failed to mention I arrived in Jacksonville, FL, one of my old stompin’ grounds. It’s about an hour ride to their home. 

Now the adventure had really begun. You see, I lived in a house with 7 other people–two of them little people in whose room I slept. Or rather tried to. I’d quite forgotten what it’s like to have little feet constantly running through the house and tearing things up. But they are wonderfully bright and loving children (all five of them), so I was truly lucky to be there. I even got to love my own skin, as my 4-year old grandson loves to touch things and that was one of them.

The weather was muggy and hot, so we were indoors a lot, but I did get some pictures I wanted to share with my reader. These were taken at an agricultural museum and a memorial garden. At the garden the mosquitoes were out in force, so we didn’t stay to see as much as we would have liked. This part of Florida is largely overgrown with plants and replants (Yankees who winter there). And there is water everywhere, so the bugs really love it, and us.

The ocean, only a few blocks away wasn’t too cooperative because of the storms. That means I got to spend lots of time just enjoying my family and getting to know them all over again. Americans seem to have lost their sense of family and we are much too far apart. I mourn the days when 3 generations lived in the same house or on the same property. Then the children had lots of people teaching them how to be humans.We need more of that. 

Here is my beautiful family and the environment they live in. It has been a real adventure for them too.

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Visiting Florida Was More of an Adventure Than Expected

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I am now sitting at my computer in Palm Coast, Florida visiting my son and grand kids. As there are 8 of us in a small 3 bedroom home, just finding a moment to reflect has become quite an adventure. Let’s also include the fact that I really hate to fly and had to do that to cover the 2,500 miles that separate us. Mostly I hate the connections and trying to find your way around in a strange airport. I worry, worry, worry that something will go wrong. So far, I am safe from unwanted problems, but I have the flight home to stress out about. Not very guru of me is it?

I lived in Florida for 10 years and moved back West to be closer to my parents as they aged. Thank goodness I did because they have needed my help a lot lately. My dad had a hip replacement and at 82 hasn’t recovered so quickly.

Anyway, being in Florida once again, I realize that I really don’t like it here unless I am at the beach. When I get up in the mornings, I wonder when the sun is going to shine. Then I look out the window and realize that it is. It just doesn’t get as bright as it is at home because of the humidity. Let’s not even discuss the bugs. If you think living with scorpions is difficult, consider the fact that you can’t even go for a pleasant evening stroll because the mosquitoes and gnats will eat you alive. And the ants and roaches own the territory even if you think your rent pays for a safe haven.

Go shopping for food here. Even though much of it is grown locally, it seems to come from all over the world and costs 1/3 more than back home. This is a town of 70,000 and I live in a town of 10,000, so you’d think that it would cost more where I live. Power and water is more expensive here too! I guess it all comes from the fact that this is really a retirement community full of snow birds, and supposedly, if you can retire here, you have money. Unfortunately, the people who serve the retirees still have to live and eat here. And those that  retired before the crash are having a difficult time sustaining their previous standard of living.

Actually, I live in a town that swells to three times it’s size in the winter, but our costs remain reasonable, so I just scratch my head and wonder at the differences here.

I do love being with my Florida family, but wish they were closer to me because I don’t much like it here. Adventure is one thing, self- punishment is another. I miss my desert and red rocks and my husband, dog and Nevada family. Home soon and I will post a photo of the group.