This sign at Mission Barbeque (BBQ) caught my attention on Sunday. They have photos and various items to thank first responders and military, and even play the national anthem at noon. I enjoy the atmosphere and the appreciation shown by the team there. They also have excellent food at an excellent price.
I happened to notice the Navy is missing a helmet on the wall. They are probably refurbishing it. 😊
Anyway, just ponder this thought, that applies to life itself. “If you knew you couldn’t play tomorrow, how hard would you play today.”
Doesn’t this statement apply to our lives? If we couldn’t live tomorrow, how will we live today?
From the time St. Augustine (capital of Florida at the time) was established in 1565, Spanish military and religious authorities began extending their reach beyond the town limits. They developed various modes of transportation between widely dispersed settlements which eventually included forts, missions and ranches.
During this period, many roads were established in Spain’s New World colonies, often following earlier Indian footpaths and trade routes. In La Florida, the Camino Real helped move people and supplies between St. Augustine and the more than 100 missions located to its west among native populations living on the frontier.
In the 1680s, Florida Governor Diego de Quirogay Losado contracted the services of military engineer Enrique Primo de Rivera to build a formal road across north Florida that was suitable for oxcarts.
Although there are no standing Spanish missions in Florida today, important clues found in historical documents, archaeological evidence, and the land itself have allowed researchers to reconstruct this royal road’s path. So, come learn about, explore, and enjoy the places and stories of La Florida and its El Camino Real! https://dos.myflorida.com/historical/explore/el-camino-real/
I recently attended an open house at a dance academy and saw these shoes hanging on the wall. They are shoes of the studio owner and instructor as a reminder to the young dancers to learn, practice and persevere. The shoes reflect years of hard work and labor to be the best one can be – and enjoy the dance. So, below is a simple little poem I attempted to honor instructors and students for their dedication.
The dance is within, from child to aged
Each awaits the
moment, to learn and dance.
When one gets the dream
and feels the move.
The mind triggers the
thought, but still –
Feet flow without rhythm,
striving to become smooth.
Years of dedication and work,
To train the feet the
way they should go.
The placement, each
muscle learns to conform.
Legs form into the emboîté,
Alternate legs as they
Or escape with an echappé.
Frappé is quick and
Plié from two into one
Terms, movements rhythm,
Require countless time
Commitment of years,
learn to lead,
Guiding youth steps
along the way.
Flowing with grace, beauty,
Standing on tips, learn
not to sway.
From pointe on toes –
Grace, beauty and form
Countless work becomes
perfect, never ending for most.
Who knew that March is Women’s Bike History
Month? I discovered this while comparing
Florida’s Bike Month to the May Bike Month by The League of American Bicyclists,
established in 1880.
So, I’ll combine some of the history of the contribution of women along with come bicycle safety tips.
1896, Susan B. Anthony — one of the most
important leaders in the women’s suffrage movement — shared her perspective on
bicycling with intrepid reporter, Nellie Bly. “Let me tell you what I
think of bicycling,” she said. “I think it has done more to
emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of
freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by
on a wheel… the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” https://bikeleague.org/content/march-womens-bike-history-month
realized this. According to the Bike
League article, Anthony wasn’t alone. The article mentioned her friend, and
fellow suffragette, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, wrote an entire article for
the American Wheelman praising the bicycle for encouraging the
building of “good roads,” and increasing people’s mobility. It states, most importantly, though: “The
bicycle will inspire women with more courage, self-respect and self-reliance,
and make the next generation more vigorous of mind and body; for feeble mothers
do not produce great statesmen, scientists and scholars.”
not certain about the latter part of the statement but maybe that was a
challenge enough to encourage women to begin expanding their horizons with
confidence. Could it have been simply a bicycle
that helped trigger this progress?
So, as you warm up and exercise on your bike that has been sitting around for the winter, let’s highlight a few safety pointers. First, give your bike a safety inspection and make sure it is operating properly, including lights.
I realize each state and country has its own special rules and laws so I’ll just stick to a few things to consider. Consult your own local laws where you ride – and when we travel to other locations. Let’s not assume our knowledge is sufficient for where we ride. Check before your ride!
Florida is a great place to ride your bike. If you are driving in Florida, please be aware of cyclists. Cyclists need to be aware of vehicle drivers as well. Let’s have mutual respect and protection.
Florida Department of Transportation’s Alert Today Florida program has key information, and posted the proclamation from Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, for March Bicycle Month. https://www.alerttodayflorida.com/ Florida knows the importance of doing everything possible to make roadways safer for all users.
I enjoyed making presentations to teens and adults alike to encourage vehicle, bike and pedestrian safety. I had fun re-enacting Larry, the crash test mannequin (which I changed to Larry the Smarty since he now buckles up, rides safely and walks safely.
Here are some simple tips to remember:
– A bicycle in Florida is a legal vehicle on roadways. Don’t assume though that people see you or know the law. Better to be safe.
– Cyclists on roadways fare best when they act, and are treated as vehicles.
– Bicyclists may ride on sidewalks as well but must yield to pedestrians and provide an audible signal while approaching them.
– Some local laws may not permit a bicyclist to ride on the sidewalk, so check before you ride.
– Ride in the same direction as the traffic since the bike is an authorized road vehicle.
– If a designated bike lane is in the roadway, some local laws require bicyclists to use it instead of the sidewalk. That may not be safe for children though.
– If you see an image of a bicycle on the roadway, called a sharrow, it means a bicyclist should be expected to be in the roadway. These are often alternatives to designated bike lanes when there is insufficient space to build the separate lanes.
Ichetucknee Springs near High Springs and Fort White, Florida provides an abundance of life to the natural habitation in Florida’s northeast region, and is an oasis of sorts year round.
The Ichetucknee 1 post provides information and images of
the head water springs and the north entrance to the Ichetucknee River. The images in this post reveal the south end
of the river where water travelers usually exit from the peaceful ride.
The flow of the springs creates a beautiful river that was once a secret (somewhat) before 1970. You wouldn’t know it today as thousands converge on the area. The river doesn’t mind though. It just meanders along awaiting new people to jump right in and ride along.
Ichetucknee River flows about six miles through the shaded hammocks and wetlands before joining the Santa Fe River. In 1972 the head spring of the river was declared a national natural landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
White-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, wood ducks and great blue herons can be seen from the river. Picnic areas, equipped with tables and grills, are available throughout the park.