Monday, December 16, 2013

The Last Boy Scout

While digging through some containters of stuff this weekend I found a bag full of stuff from when I was in Cub Scouts/Webelos. 

My activity badges:  Aquanaut, Artist, Scientist, and Athlete.

Cub Scout Wolf neckerchief slide

Webelos neckerchief slide

Boy Scout neckerchief slide

Cub Scout Wolf neckerchief

Webelos neckerchief

This was a Christmas ornament that I made.  Back in the day it had a phot of my face glued on top.

These two patches were not from my time in scouting (I'm not quite that old).

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Little Houses On The Prairie

I made these plastic canvas house coasters and holder over 25 years ago for my grandmother.

Monday, November 11, 2013




Metal with neon

Metal with neon

Baby trees


Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Tropical Lakeside Sunset

Driving home this evening I happened to be at the right place at the right time and had to pull over to snap these photos of a wonderful Florida sunset.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Neon Run

A couple of weeks ago Nick and I ran the Neon Run 5k in Orlando.  This was only my second race (the first being the Expedition Everest Challenge at Walt Disney World last year).  We had fun but were a little disappointed on several fronts.  The nighttime gimmick was good though.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Adventures In The Florida Wilds - Alderman's Ford Preserve

While we certainly enjoy our usual hikes to Circle B Bar Reserve, I've really been wanting to try to find some new places with new sights.  This adventurous spirit let us to Alderman's Ford Preserve, located south of Plant City.  When researching where to go, the description of rapids on the river was what drew me to choose this site.  Our hike was a little under two miles (I later discovered we missed a whole trail).  It wasn't the most exciting hike.  While we saw disturbed environments where wildlife had been, we witnessed no actual animal activity unless you count the swarms of horseflys and other insects. 

The first view after parking.

The river was quite a ways below the path.  We managed to find a place to climb down the enbankment for a closer view.

Interesting roots.

Not an official path but a nice waterside excursion.  We had to keep our eyes peeled for poison ivy as the hiking website had warned extensively of it.

Swimming is prohibited due to the shallow water and rocky bottom but obviously someone's been up to some hijinks with this rope swing over the water.

Upon reaching what looked like possibly the end of the trail, I consulted the internet and it directed us to this old railroad trestle support.  It was only about 15 feet from where we were standing but it blended so seemlessly with the environment that we didn't see it until we almost ran into it.  Finding this was the highlight of the hike for me.

The corresponding support was on the other side of the river just out of camera range on the left.

There were lots of lovely wildflowers but it was very breezy making it nearly impossible to photograph them up close and in focus.

Case in point.  Breezy and unfocused.


 Don't worry, that isn't a UFO, just a little lens flare.