We have a place here in Florida that has become one of our favorite places to go. Especially during the pandemic. It is a place that helps redirect our focus, and it has worked for us time and time again.
Lake Apopka is a working restoration project of one of the largest fresh water lakes in Florida. For decades Lake Apopka was bordered by muck farms that produced the best sweet corn ever tasted. However, the fertilizer used on these farms cause an overgrowth of algae in the lake and nearly killed it. What used to be a first-class bass fishing lake, has become the state’s most polluted lake.
Florida has made plans to restore this nearly 31,000 acre lake, but it will take years. One of the ways they are helping people become aware of their efforts is a free park with trails for biking, hiking and driving. The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD as it is called) is filled with birds, reptiles, fish and fauna of all kinds. We love taking the 2 hour drive as often as we can to take photos of God’s incredible creation.
I asked Tom recently if he minded driving all the time while I photographed. His response was simply, “I love watching you love the drive.”
An added bonus is many artists have taken to the drive to bless others in their own way; they paint rocks and hide them for us to find. It adds an element of anticipation and joy to the whole experience.
Following are photos from our most recent visit. I hope they help you pause and take a moment to enjoy God’s creation too.
What things have you done recently for your spouse because you know it makes them happy? With the weight of current events pressing heavily on all of us, it is nice to know we can still find joy in slowing down and blessing our spouse in meaningful ways.
I have let Bob drive me on the drive. Does that count? And, I can’t beileve you found another rock! I have yet to find one. We went there two weeks ago and did not find any, which is okay.
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I have about 6 now. Do you want one?
Barb came from shopping late one day
and said to me, unbidden,
“Sorry I was so long away,
but I was playing with a kitten
whose adoption-chance is looking dim
for lack of social graces;
her future may be pretty grim,
knowing what the time and place is…”
And then a tear came to her eye,
was wiped away in anger,
and I said, “Well, my, oh, my,
every friend was once a stranger,
and friendship is this feline’s fate;
go get her now, don’t make her wait!”
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