One of the better things that have come out of the COVID-19 crisis for me is that my girlfriend and I have definitely gotten to know our neighborhood much better. We take our evening stroll about 4-5 times per week and have come to enjoy it quite a bit.
One of the neighborhood streets where we often walk is Blue Jay Way and the catchy name got stuck in my head quite a long while ago.
We truly enjoy our times to go strolling on Blue Jay Way; or anywhere else in the neighborhood where our wandering feet are inclined to go.
As you no doubt know, I’m a passionate environmentalist and advocate for wildlife.
And because we’re in such dire straits right now as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, I was quite happy to get a bit of nature news in my inbox just now. Some “feel good” news and I’m more than happy to pass it along.
An outdoor enthusiast passing through the Ocala National Forest a few weeks ago came upon an abandoned black bear cub on a dirt road.
It’s natural that when we have a new threat–talking about the Coronavirus–that we compare it to something we already know about.
But the Coronavirus is very different from the flu that we’re all very familiar with. Different in several important ways.
This article will help greatly if you’d like to know more and see why this is a much bigger deal than, for instance, a new strain of flu.
This is affecting so many areas of our lives, as you know well.
It is and will have great effects on the way we do things together.
Let me throw out something that seems–to me, at least–to possibly be a silver lining in this very dark cloud.
One of the things that I’ve been aware of in the last day or so is that going outside and engaging in outdoor activities is most likely one of the areas of life that will be effected least while we weather this storm.
That is of considerable consolation to me right now.
I wish all of you the best. Take good care of yourselves and look out for each other, too.
Especially those whose health is not the best and are most at risk.
My fellow outdoor enthusiast and I made another trip to Orange County’s Fort Christmas park a couple of weeks ago.
It was another splendid trip, and I did have a chance to take some good photos.
When you visit Fort Christmas Park, there are so many things to see. It’s a park in the Orange county park system wrapped around a pretty authentic re-creation of the actual fort. Fort Christmas was active for a short time in the 2nd Seminole Indian War.
That’s a photo of that storied fort (as re-created) but the fort is only one of the reasons why making a visit to the park is time very well spent.
There are at least 15 out-buildings spread all over the park grounds and they shed light on what life was like for settlers in Florida in the late 19th to early 20th Centuries.
I’ll have more coming soon both about the fort, a very brief mini-history of the Seminole wars and why the fort came to be. And then a photo journal of all of the other things that lie in store for the park’s visitors.
Keep getting out to see some of the great outdoor spots in your neck of the woods. Every corner of America–and our entire planet, for that matter–has a thousand lovely places just there for the taking!