Florida (in retrospect) · Jan 26, 06:23 PM

The scene:

  • A small house in Gainesville (n. central Florida) and a state wildlife refuge in Homosassa Springs (on the Gulf coast)
  • No snow and no ice; some clouds, some sun, and a small downpour on Saturday afternoon; temps ranging from the 30s (0 C) to the 70s (18 C)
  • Brownish grass and some bare trees but in general quite a lot of green and even some flowers

The cast of characters:
Lead roles:

  • Our friends Lorien and Larry and their 2 1/2 month-old baby Nina (Larrienina?)
  • Us

Supporting actors:

  • In Gainesville: Larrienina’s friendly and well-socialized dogs Joey and Sugar
  • In Homosassa Springs: manatees, shoals of fish, roseate spoonbills, Florida panthers, sandhill cranes, alligators, various raptors, wood ducks, a bobcat, a hippo, pelicans, a gray fox, herons, snakes, various smaller fowl, reptiles and mammals—and tourists

Plot summary:
Hanging out, eating in, eating out, walking, gawking at wildlife, driving to and from places, worrying that the rental car gas tank would run dry, taking care of the baby and laughing a lot. :-)

Susan

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