The first order of business today was to take Zoey (Alex and Kathy's Yorkie) for a walk and to have Alex and Kathy show us around "The Fountains" We walked around the grounds and then through the main buildings. We were pleased to be able to see the art studio where Kathy works with some of the other artists here and to meet a few of their new friends along the way. It was a lovely day and the lakes sparkled and their were even a few flowering trees.
After a delicious cup of coffee and some conversation we said goodbye to Joanne and the Villages and headed south to Lake Placid. First through Horse Country and then the roads were lined with Orange Groves. There were sightings of many open trucks filled to the brim with Oranges.
We packed up and said goodbye to Linda and Dan and to Apalachicola and with one last delicious Cafe con Leche in hand headed south in the rain.
One of the activities we discovered in our planning for this trip was an "Apalachicola Rover Front Boat Tour" run by the Apalachicola Maritime Museum. This was something we had never done, so we made reservations for the 11am tour.
St George's Island is a barrier island connected to the mainland by bridge. One end of the Island is St George's Island State Park with a camp ground and buildings housing restrooms and picnic pavilions spaced somewhat evenly along the 7 miles of beach.
Yesterday and today our activities have been minimal. Marsha finished one book and started another, Harry did some sketching, we both consumed a significant amount of seafood, and just sat and enjoyed the scene.
After a hearty breakfast we left Wakulla Springs and drove 20 minutes to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. The lovely woman in the Visitor's Center showed us their two resident Alligators and directed us to a walk through the nearby woods and around a pond.
Here at Wakulla (pronounced Wa - cull - ah) State Park the main attraction is the spring that feeds the Wakulla River, that then empties into the St. Marks River that in turn empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The park operates narrated boat tours in the river to view the wildlife. The boats have solar panels on their roofs that power their electric engines. The abundance of creatures make both the camera aficionados and the nature lovers very happy.
The past two weeks have been great fun. We've had new adventures daily. From here on in our main goal is relaxation.
This morning we went to the Tallahassee Museum of History and Nature. It is a combination of Fauna, Flora and History.
You too should go out of your way to experience these wonderful people and their art.
When web surfing for odd places to visit Harry came across the website for Butch Anthony's Museum of Wonder in Seale, Alabama. The descriptions were intriguing enough for us to plan our route so that we would be in the vicinity. We are so glad that we did. Upon arriving we found the ramshackle museum building and first met John Henry Towney outside his log cabin. John Henry directed us to drive further down the road and find Butch at his home which we did.