September 5, 2014


Last morning in a bed not my own.  This entire journey has been more than I could have imagined and this is only the beginning.  I was awakened by the sweetest of things; my niece crept slowly into my bedroom around 7:00 am from 2 floors above.  She told me with these big beautiful brown eyes that she forgot to sleep with me last night.  Her 4 year-old memory made her recall the evening prior as her forgetting, not her getting into trouble because she wanted to sleep with me downstairs.  Since her bedtime was much earlier than mine, she was sent to sleep upstairs i...

August 19, 2014


Even with the close of what will be one of many trips of a lifetime, I was excited knowing I would see everyone.  What a way to end our first journey; it was a beautiful place on the beach, filled with the faces of people happy to see us, eager to hear our tales.  I felt so warm from the heartfelt welcome.  I think Thomas did too.  He was officially part of the Brown family crew; he is my friend – he is my family - he is “framily.”  My sister, the epitome of “hostess with the mostess,” had already texted me prior to our arrival for approval of her grocery list: ve...

August 17, 2014


Question: Which of the following songs were written and composed by Stephen Foster: "Oh! Susanna," "Camptown Races," "Old Folks at Home (Suwannee River)," "My Old Kentucky Home," "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," "Old Black Joe," and "Beautiful Dreamer?” Answer: All of them.  Revered as the “father of American music,” Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is named in his honor and memory.  There is even a carillon system installed in a tower where his songs can be heard throughout the day.

What a great place to stay.  I forced myself to get on the p...

August 16, 2014

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014

I think the quick pace of traveling was starting to lay heavy on us.  It was not that we lacked excitement.  The turnaround was taking its toll on us physically.  If I remember correctly, I was so tired and delirious the night before that after getting ice, I returned to the wrong room and wondered why I couldn’t get in.  I really hope there was no one in there.  I know the last thing I would want to hear while trying to sleep is someone trying to get into my room repeatedly. We left the hotel and got breakfast at a nearby Waffle House.  Chocolate chip waffles are...

August 13, 2014

MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

Another bittersweet morning now that I can see the view from our cabin in full daylight.  I felt nothing but grateful to have been given the opportunity, yet again to stay at another glorious state park in another “Amaze-ball” accommodation.  I took a walk around our cabin, closer to the lake.  In the distance, across the lake, you could see the wooden towers of a zip line course.  This zip line was part of my daytime adventure plan before we left.  Gulf State Park, among a litany of fun and exciting activities, is home to the Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Par...

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