Quoting from the De Soto National Memorial Website: “De Soto’s quest for glory and gold would be a four year, four thousand mile odyssey of intrigue, warfare, disease and discovery that would form the history of the United States.“
I can empathize with De Soto on the length and drama of his quest. We always try to fit too much into one day. We never seem to know when to quit and today we really paid for it!
Have you ever had a place in your mind that was so exotic, so wonderful, so otherworldly that you couldn’t imagine ever being able to see it in person? Perhaps as a child you were thumbing through a magazine, watching a television program or even surfing the internet when suddenly, there it was! That place that couldn’t possibly exist in real life, that place that captured your imagination so completely that you never forgot it. That place that in your wildest dreams you’d never actually see in real life.
For me, that place was Weeki Wachee Springs Florida.
I have to admit, I’ve never given much thought to the sponges in my life. Tarpon Springs Florida, however devotes a great deal of thought to sponges. So much in fact that the town’s very existence depends on the boneless beauties.
I love exploring new places, seeing things I’ve never seen before, being surprised. However, sometimes the anticipation of driving a new road while riding in a giant box which is towing behind it a smaller box, makes me nervous. Especially when there is an unexpected deviation in the roadway. In this case, a tunnel…
As we leave the Lower Ninth Ward behind, our path takes us along the river into the French Quarter. We plan to visit the two National Parks in the city and continue to look for the after effects of Katrina.
Thirteen years ago, Hurricane Katrina set into motion a series of events that resulted in the deaths of 1,800 people. Levees broke, the city was inundated and inefficient bureaucracy crippled relief efforts.
History museums, mining museums, art museums, The Smithsonian Museum and even a museum full of nutcrackers, but if I was forced to choose just one museum that every American citizen should visit, it would be this one.
Sometimes the hardest part of traveling is finding a place to stay.
When planning trips we decide only on a general direction. The challenge then becomes where to stay, how long to stay there and hope there is an available place TO stay. Other criteria, which must also be met, makes finding a place even harder.
You’re sitting in your little fishing boat on a lake. The sky is blue, the water calm, the fish are biting and life is good. Suddenly you notice that the boat has begun to move backward, it’s picking up speed, faster and faster toward the center of the lake. You turn around and can’t believe your eyes! A giant whirlpool is opening up in the middle of the lake! In horror you watch as a huge barge is sucked into the maelstrom and your boat is heading toward the same fate.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sailaway from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain