Snowbirds in Tallahassee, Florida - 2/9/13
Jimmy and I married in 2001 and moved to Tallahassee FL in 2002 (pretty much as newlyweds), for a job opportunity. It's a great little city (and the state capital) to live in. After a few months' renting, we bought the perfect house for us and really enjoyed fixing it to our needs. The backyard, which sloped toward a teeny-tiny creek, looked like a mini-forest... and we left it as au natural as we found it. We hung bird feeders near the house and watched many birds flock to eat sunflower seeds... dismayed at all the pesky squirrels that wanted to dominate the feeders. We worked out a deal, however, when we bought a Wild Bills feeder and got a squirrel baffle for the other one. Whatever hit the ground was for the squirrels! We saw armadillos wander thru the back, tearing up the ground looking for grubs. Veritable zoo.. and so on. Jimmy made me a raised bed (organic) garden which fed us quite well! We trained for road races on our safe neighborhood streets, and ran in several Disney World half-marathons, as well as local 5k's and 10k's. Really, really liked living here (except for the weather). Best of all, we made some true friends and now return to visit when we can. This is one of those times.
When we retired in 2007, we sold the house, bought a condo in Daphne AL (near relatives) and began traveling in our motor home (which we call Tergel). We sold the house and bought a condo so we COULD travel. Staying with our good friends, Diane and Tom (who visited us in Nevada City last October!), we park our Tergel in front of their house. I haven't posted anything on the blog for days because, I've "been too busy having fun" to get blogging!
Diane's pet, "Cricket," an Indian Ringneck, and he is quite the character.
One of our favorite Tallahassee spots is Southwood and their lakes trail. If memory serves me right, one lap around both lakes is approx 1.70 miles. And ya never know what you'll see. First off, we spotted two bald eagles above our heads doing their sky dance. Awesome sight.
The usual suspects were present (geese, gulls, cormorants, herons, egrets, turtles & hawks), but this is one guy we seldom saw and never as close as today. This fisherman put on show for us - and the Canada geese!
Not sure what kind of fish, but the river otter swam to the center of the smaller lake twice while we stood there, and both times brought back a juicy fish to chomp on.
After hiking around the lakes, we met our good friend, Rebecca at "Stella," her Street Chefs food truck for lunch. She graciously offered to make the four of us her famous "Not Your Mama's Grilled Cheese" sandwiches, garlic mashed taters, and grilled fresh veggies. Can I tell you that when we left, we were full to the TOP! She deserves kudos not just for her cooking, but for her initiative on the successful food truck start-up.
Yo Rebecca, thanks for lunch!
When we'd walked off the lunch (!!), we drove to the theater to see Victor Hugo's historical novel on the big screen, Les Misérables (1862). Neither Tom nor Jimmy was especially keen to see (or listen to) the movie, but we all came away feeling that we'd something very special. When we weren't eating, walking or at the movies, we $hopped, assisting the Florida economy. And, of course, playing Mexican train dominoes in the evenings. Don't ask who's ahead....
Tomorrow (Monday) we hope to spend the afternoon with friends, Mickey and Nancy, and tomorrow evening - with any luck and the creek don't rise - see still more friends. Then, on Tuesday, we plan to leave Tallahassee for Orlando AND another old friend: M.I.C.K.E.Y M.O.U.S.E. That's what a trip to Florida is for us.