Adventures beyond time

Adventures beyond time

Friday, April 29, 2011

Good Training Hike Today

After the cold front came through last night...luckily for us, with no tornadoes or bad storms, just pleasant rains...the temperature was in the high 50s this morning. Yahoo! We grabbed our backpacks and headed to San Felasco Hammock for a long training hike. Russ posted photos on Random Ferments.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


These are our first big ones of the year. Others are on the way. 

We are hoping for rain, but surely don't want anything like they got in Alabama and Georgia.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sheriff's Office Building Dedicated to Neighbor Joe Crevasse

Our good neighbors Peggy Ellison and her father Joe Crevasse had an unusually interesting afternoon. Alachua County dedicated the Sheriff's Office administrative building to Joe, who served in the elected office of sheriff longer than any one before or since..21 years! The dedication was packed with politicians, law enforcement officers, family, and friends all of whom were eager to be part of this appropriate honor for Sheriff Joe.
A few of those in attendance
Sheriff Joe Crevasse and current Sheriff Sadie Darnell
Peggy Ellison and her brother Buddy Crevasse
Peggy and friend Marion
Sheriff Joe Crevasse and Gainesville Chief of Police Tony Jones
University of Florida President Bernie Machen and Sheriff Joe Crevasse

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Countdown to El Camino

We have been training fairly regularly for our third experience with El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the 1,000-year long pilgrim trail in France and Spain.  We leave in three weeks and hope to hike 300 miles, from Pamplona to Leon and a bit beyond to revisit some of our favorite places from the last time we went. If we cover the planned segment of the trail, we will have hiked the whole 500 miles, from the French side of the Pyrenees to three sections.
A big wind storm blew this tree onto the trail the day before we hiked here.
 We did the first 50 miles of Spain in 2008, as well as about 100 in France. In 2009, we covered about 200. It is such a wonderful personal challenge. Each day is different. Each segment of the trail is different.
 This year we know three other couples who will be hiking more-or-less at the same friends of mine, Maureen and David; Russ's sister Phyllis and her husband Otis; and another college friend of mine Blanche with her husband Ben and daughter Colleen. We won't hike together; our schedules and routes are not identical. But it is nice to know they will be out there when we are.
We are down to the wire and ordered our last little bits of equipment...more sock liners and a new belt. We adapted my backpack to my increasingly old back by shortening it an inch so the hip belt hits my back right where I like it to massage away the achiness, and we keep thinking of things we don't really need to carry so the packs can be lots lighter this time.
Sunday we gave a talk about the Camino and our earlier experiences there for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Discussion Group. That got us all the more motivated. We are ready! yet...Pam and James got tickets to fly down and see us off! What a great surprise.

We'll be posting regularly (we hope) to Facebook this time, instead of this blog. We'll post to the blog more occasionally when we get access to a relatively fast and convenient computer where we can upload photos.

Can't wait to get started.

The Summer of a Thousand Cheeses continues

 This week we will give a presentation based on the research from our book for the Newcomers Club at Temple Shir Shalom. It will be our third cheese talk since we taught the Amazing American Cheese class at Santa Fe College in January and February. We did two presentations in Cedar Key. "What Ever Happened to the Cedar Key Cheese Factory" was really about how people adapt their businesses to the resources of their locales, and how such adaptations have created the phenomenal recent growth of artisan cheese in America. "What Makes Blue Cheese Blue and Stinky Cheese Mild?" was a huge cheese tasting, with 14 artisanal American cheeses...three local to our Florida region.
The owner of a local restaurant, Edie from Kona Joe's, was there and invited us over to make mozzarella with her. Such a thing being news in Cedar Key, we had a full page story in the Cedar Key Beacon. Nice!

Friends of the Refuges

The Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges, El Camino de Santiago, and the Summer of a Thousand Cheeses are keeping us with lots of new challenges, and even retirement-style deadlines.
Russ is working on a Paddling Guide to 12 trails in the Lower Suwannee Refuge. His focus is the biology of what you see along each trail, while his partner on the project maps out the trails themselves. They're planning to come up with multi-media, maybe even interactive materials...print, laminated carry-alongs, downloadable voice descriptions, blogs where paddlers can input information about their observations along the trails...maybe more. The Refuge just received some additional funding to support material production. So, activity is about to gear up even more.

We didn't even own kayaks until this project captured us. It gave us a great excuse, and we are becoming almost skilled enough at using them to get in and out without falling in the drink.

I developed an electronic newsletter (this link will take you to the issue that went out yesterday)  and set up a website (here it is.) And, it has actually been sort of fun to run the Board Meetings since taking them on in last month. We worked the Friends Booth at the Cedar Key Arts Festival and will work it next Saturday at the Suwannee Stone Crab Festival.
We've had jam sessions and Friends Lectures on Fish, Ticks, Archaeology, and Geology.

 But Russ's project gets the gold star for getting us out into the Refuge itself.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter

Our favorite decorations have appeared on the mantle.
We told the bunny story here. The Easter Retriever was a 2010 gift from our friends Donna and Larry.