As part of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, the Ocoee River near Ducktown, Tennessee was host to the first whitewater Olympic events held on a natural river. Not that it was entirely natural by the time of the Olympics – a significant amount of engineering went into preparing it for the events. It is still Read More →

I have a confession to make – I want to do a lot of hiking on this trip, but I have been absolutely neglecting actually researching the hikes. Partly this was because I didn’t want to torture myself by imagining verdant vistas while sweltering under the mid-summer Florida sun. I knew we would have some Read More →

Day 1: Aug 12, 2013 After a month of modifying and servicing our campervan, we finally set out from John’s mom’s house on the morning of Monday, August 12. After our goodbyes to John’s mom Patricia and her kitty Sweetie, we drove off into the sunrise. Our first planned stop was the nearest Sugarloaf Mountain. Read More →

Several days ago we spent the weekend with my immediate family at Silver Springs State Park where 550 Million gallons of water per day come out of the spring formation!  Although it rained most of the weekend except for several hours each morning, we took advantage of  the few hours of clear skies we had. On the Read More →

To simplify sharing expenses now that we are living together, John and I decided to open a joint checking account. The visit to the bank was the last of a morning full of errands, so we thought that we had earned a day at the beach (we hadn’t been swimming at all this week we’ve Read More →