Way Down Upon the Suwannee River

This past Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 my best friend Tammy and I went kayaking on the Suwannee River.  It was just what I needed.  Talk about a morale booster!

We started off at the big blue bring in Luraville which there isn’t much there except a little general store that reminds me of Fritz Creek General Store.  Only difference is Luraville store doesn’t have a post office, liquor, and pizza.  So, anyway you have to cross this bridge to the other side where the boat ramp is.  Dad back us up into the boat ramp, unloaded our kayaks and we were ready for our adventure on the river.

We shove off and first stop is Telford Springs.  One of my favorite springs to visit.  Also, that’s where a tradition was born.  Bloody Mary’s at Telford.  It’s a really beautiful spring with a natural cave and bridge.  You can swim through the cave if you want, but it’s better when the river is down.

We drank our bloody mary’s and then we were off to our next stop.

We stopped a various springs including Peacock Springs where we had lunch, Running Springs where we were able to kayak into with some great difficulty but we did it.  It wouldn’t have been possible without the river being up.  We had some fun, ate some more snacks and then road out of the spring by way of current and maneuvering.  As, we went down the river enjoying the beautiful 85 degree weather in February we decided that we should take a gander at Bath Tub Springs.  Tammy always said there were a massive amount of snakes there.  I’ve never seen any there so I was positive that it would be okay.  We tied up our boats and proceed to walk to the spring.  This spring is not completely accessible by water and you must walk to it by trail.

I was telling Tammy that everything looked safe and we could proceed on the trail.  As we got closer to the spring Tammy was worried, I wasn’t.  As soon as I said that it was all clear, the biggest water moccasin I have ever seen high tailed it into the spring right in front of me.  It scared me so bad I screamed and I think I peed a little.  The thing was 2 or 3 inches diameters round.  It was wider than a garden hose.  The darn thing had to be 4 or 5 feet long!

As I screamed, Tammy screamed, and we were high tailing ourselves back to our boats, not before rinsing myself off though.  Tammy kept watch for the big bad snake so I could finish what the snake made me do.  LOL

Number on reason to live in Alaska.  NO SNAKES!!!!

So, we left Bath Tub alive and continued down the river.  Low and be hold, ALLIGATORS!

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The first one we saw we floated by a little to fast for me to get a picture of him.  He was sitting in the most uncomfortable way.  Face in the water, butt in air, tail on the other side dangling down.  It was funny.  Then I saw this guy posing for me.  It turned out to be a great picture.  Then I almost had a gator in my boat.  I wanted to go through a series of boulders and I surprised the gator so much it jumped into the water.  It got air.  If I was any closer we would be kissing.  We’ve never seen gators this far up the river before.  We usually see them on the islands in the middle of the river further down.

Any who, we started talking about Convict Springs and how great their burgers are.  So, we decided to stop.  The name convict comes from the exact thing it was used for.  It was used to cool down the convicts on hot days during the chain gang times.  The name stuck.    Since then, it has become a back woods resort with river campsites, RV sites, swimming pools, food service and ice cream.  They only serve food on the weekends of course and we didn’t know that at the time.  So, we packed it in and headed home.  It was just getting dark when we made it and pulled our kayaks up to Tammy’s property.

It was a fun and adventurous day.  I am so glad I was able to do some paddling.  I hope I can do it again before I leave for home.

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Will it Ever End

Today is Feb. 24, 2018.  The house in Florida has been a real pain.  It a pretty big house and I just now finished the floors.  Today I am doing laundry something that we have put off for a while.  Home feels farther and father away as each day progresses.  Time ticks by and Alaska seems father and farther away.  I am homesick.

It doesn’t matter that I have kayaked the Suwannee River this past week and it was absolutely beautiful.  I enjoyed it with my best friend Tammy.  We even encountered a large water moccasin that scared us to death as it shot off the bank of Bath Tub springs while we were walking around.  Another reason I miss Alaska.  There are no snakes.

I don’t miss the hot muggy weather of Florida or even the South at that matter.  I want to go home to the snow and cold.  Stoke the stove and have amazing views with amazing friends that I love to learn new things from.  I have realized that my heart is in Alaska and not on the Suwannee River.  It’s a fun place to visit but I am done living here.

I miss the clean crisp air, my views, my friends, my lifestyle.  I have been gone too long in my opinion.  I can’t wait to leave and get back on the road.  I will miss my friends in Florida, but I think we probably have had enough of each other.  LOL!

So now, Dad and I need to work double time to get out of here.  There’s not much more that needs to be done to the house,  Just install trim, pressure wash house, paint decks, touch up paint throughout house and paint trim, clean up yard, fell some more trees, create some curb appeal and DONE!  Then, we have to paint one of my rental houses as well.

Then, we can high tail it out of Florida!  Must go North!

As, we get closer and closer to bug out time.  I will start blogging everyday again.  You will be here for every bit of the road to home.

Counting Down to Home

Hi guys, I am sitting here at my best friends house doing laundry and thinking about home.

So let me catch you up.  I have two rooms to floor and a bathroom to finish.  I am working on a room a day and a half.  I have to prepare the room by pulling up old staples or hammering them down before I can roll the foam out and start laying the flooring.  It’s been trial and error and lots of frustration, but I am almost done and the flooring looks incredible.

Three days ago, I noticed that I was getting some sort of rash on my neck.  No, I haven’t been rolling in any kind of poisonous plants.  It’s a mystery.  It’s itchy, burns, and tingles.  No, it’s not shingles because it’s on both sides of my neck and I’ve had shingles before.  It’s time to go to the doctor.  I have been eating Benadryl and using a steroid cream but nothing seems to work.  It’s driving me nuts!

We have finished the kitchen and working on timing the rest of the house as I put down the flooring.

Dad and I both want to go home and have set a deadline to start back home this month.

We can’t wait.  Home sickness has set in heavy.  ALASKA WE MISS YOU!

I will continue to keep in touch and update you on whats going on.  Have a great Sunday!

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