Sao Update – Alliance Coach, Lake Okahumpka, Veteran’s Day

I have been so overwhelmed with Big Creek: A Closer Look at a National Park that I have been slacking off with my picture taking. But, I have a few.

We have taken a few walks.  Around the Alliance Coach property: I love this Live Oak, but it is hard to get a real nice picture of it in front of a warehouse building. It is huge and best appreciated in real life.

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Live Oak Tree

And we always get a walk around Lake Okahumpka Park, just a mile or so from the RV shop.

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My picture of the lake was directly into the sun and it washed out all the color.  I like it anyway.

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Lake Okahumpka

As near as I can determine, this is Burford Holly.  I got tired of looking for it and gave up so it might be something else entirely.

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Maybe Burford Holly

The trees in the park have grown up in the forest, so they are not as wide and elegant as the ones you see in the pastures and fields in northern Florida.  But, the still have plenty of Spanish Moss hanging from them.

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Spanish Moss Hanging from Live Oaks

About sunset, the bugs started annoying us so we headed to the car.  I snapped a quick sunset with my right hand while swatting gnats with my left.

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I forgot to mention my birthday present. We were in the farm store the other day and I saw the cowgirl belts hanging on a rack.  This one caught my eye.  Andy said, “get it for you birthday” and I followed his advice.  At the register, I asked the girl if it would fit easily through the belt loops of my jeans.  She answered that she also bought that belt and it does fit pretty well.  You just have to be careful not to pull hard if it gets hung up.  Then she added.

“It’s a lot of bling for the buck!”

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My Birthday Belt

It is really hard to take a picture in the mirror.  And, I see I really need to get that pedometer out of my pocket.

The Olive Garden restaurant offers a free meal to veterans every year and Andy loves to eat there.  Who can pass on a free meal?  Here he is anxiously awaiting his food.
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He really perked up when the waitress set the plate in front of him.

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An Army Salute to Lasagna

We don’t usually, but since it was a special occasion, we got dessert.  I had to take a picture of it from the menu.

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Black Tie Mousse Cake

Because this is what ours looked like by the time I thought to take a picture.

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I see I missed a crumb.

 

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17 thoughts on “Sao Update – Alliance Coach, Lake Okahumpka, Veteran’s Day

  1. Beth Gorton November 11, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    I LOVE the humor that comes shining through this post! The bling, Andy perking up at the prospect of food arriving, the crumb you missed… I’m going to be in Florida for Thanksgiving, but not with enough time to hunt you down. I’ll think of you anyway, and hope to catch you in the Park in the spring –

    Peace, Love, Light – Beth

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    • Dinata Misovec November 12, 2016 / 11:29 am

      Thank you Beth. Sorry we won’t meet up this month. But, I would enjoy showing you around Big Creek more!

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    • Dinata Misovec November 12, 2016 / 11:23 am

      Thanks. Now I have been wearing jeans every day, even though it is too warm for them. I just want to wear the belt!

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  2. watchingthedaisies November 12, 2016 / 10:20 am

    I love that oak. The restaurant sure was kind and you sure must have been hungry. That’s a great, bling, birthday belt!

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    • Dinata Misovec November 12, 2016 / 11:19 am

      Andy ate every bit of that lasagne. Then he wondered if he got two servings. And, yes, I love the bling!

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  3. Carol Ferenc November 12, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Fun post! Happy Birthday, Dinata. The belt looks awesome!

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  4. willowdot21 November 12, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    Fabulous , photos, even the mirror one though you need to relax !! Food look amazing !! That Lasangne looks lush!!

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    • Dinata Misovec November 12, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      I didn’t taste it, but Andy said it was delicious. As for the mirror shot, I think I was concentrating on not cutting off my head.

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      • willowdot21 November 12, 2016 / 7:33 pm

        Great to see you both looking so well!

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      • Dinata Misovec November 13, 2016 / 7:27 pm

        Thank you. Yes, life is good at the moment. Both in fine health and happiness. Same to you!

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      • willowdot21 November 13, 2016 / 7:28 pm

        😉😊😋😎😍😘😘

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  5. milliethom November 13, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    That empty plate says it all! You evidently had a wonderful meal – and free at that!
    Some lovely photos, Dinata, You did really well to take one of yourself in the mirror, and the cowgirl belt looks cool, as the kids say. I’m fascinated by the Spanish moss hanging from the Live Oak, and I’ll just have to look up and see what it is. I’m also wondering whether a Live Oak is anything like the English Oak.

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    • Dinata Misovec November 13, 2016 / 7:22 pm

      The Spanish Moss in an epiphyte or air plant. Not Spanish and not moss, but it is all over the southeastern coastal states. It is not a parasite and does not harm to the tree unless it covers it thickly enough to block out the sun. Also, it has little bugs in it, chiggers I believe. It is still beautiful swaying in the breeze.

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    • Dinata Misovec November 13, 2016 / 7:23 pm

      The live oaks were used for the old sailing ships for masts, booms, etc.

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