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52 Weeks: 21/52 Florida

Hi there! This last week was spent in and around Orlando. It’s really green and swampy here where the high humidity had us running indoors for some air-conditioned relief. Waking up bright and early allowed us to get in some outdoor activities before it got too hot.

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Spanish moss covered trees are everywhere and I love it. I just wish I could stuff my suitcase with a bunch of moss and take it all home.

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We were walking the hotel grounds and spotted this guy hanging out. He’s kinda cute and looks like he has a personality, right?

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Cheers! It’s time to relax.

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We took an evening stroll at sunset and it was nice and quiet.

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Zeppole! Dinner was good, but dessert stole the show. These were very large and there were about 6. I could have easily devoured most, but we saved a few for breakfast the next morning. They taste great with coffee.

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Endless lily pads and water lilies in the everglades.

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This was one hungry squirrel. He chewed part of the straw bag looking for a way in.

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Arepas for lunch. My favorite is the domino (black beans and cheese) with lots of hot sauce. A complete treat since I have yet to find arepas at home.

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Admiring the living wall filled with ferns and bromeliads. I’d love to install one of these in the backyard.

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Airstream Ranch off of Interstate 4 in Tampa. How cool and unusual is that? Some love it and others hate it, but it sure does make you look twice when whizzing by on the freeway.

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The sign says it all. There could also be snakes in the grass but  I’m not sticking around to find out.

Wishing you all a Happy Memorial Day; may your day be filled with BBQ’s and beers!

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