Cave Dwellings: A Boat ride through Dead River Marsh…
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Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Boat ride through Dead River Marsh…

  So, this is our next to last day here at Lake Griffin State Park, Florida.  Saturday morning we will leave by 8AM and drive North to Rocky Bayou State Park, just North of Destin and East of Ft. Walton Beach…known as The Emerald Coast.  I have a special reason for wanting to go here..My Uncle Walt (mom’s baby brother) was stationed here at Eglin Air Force Base.  He and his wife and 2 daughters lived in a trailer in Ft. Walton Beach.  We drove down when I was about 4 years a 1952 Chevy.  I slept in the back window, my sis slept on the back seat and my brother was a baby and Mom held him ….(before car seats, obviously)…Here is a photo of my Uncle and his wife on the Alaskan Highway…Uncle Walt helped build it…for donna

This was taken in 1948, the year I was born…I am anxious to just be there where he use to live..He actually lived all over the country at various stages of  his 20 year career in the Air Force…He was in Strategic Air Command, and that’s all any of us were ever told..Don't tell anyone smile

Yesterday morning, McGyver and I went out for breakfast..OMG!! OUT TO EAT!!! REALLY??? Yep. We went across the road from our park to a place we  had been eyeballing every time we went by…

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The Fruitland Park Cafe…Their parking lot is always packed…They are open everyday from 6AM to 2PM….Mon.-Thurs. they serve dinner “all you can eat and drink” specials for $9 from 4:30PM till 7:30PM…They have 7 tables, 7 counter seats and you serve your own coffee….

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You can get a $3.00 breakfast and coffee is 50 cents a cup…Den and I had breakfast for under $8.00…total! Here was mine….

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Two eggs, over easy, please…3 slices of bacon and home fries…all fresh ingredients and cooked to order…Den had eggs, with bacon and hash browns…LOVED IT!!!

  We  have been quite busy today..We signed up for a boat ride up the Dead River marshland to Lake Griffin…Unfortunately, the weather decided to go from 80 degrees yesterday to 60 degrees with a stiff wind today…This made for a really sunny and beautiful ride OUT, and a very cold and windy ride BACK.. I will include all the pics I took in a collage to prevent you from nodding off and drooling on your keyboard…I did get some pretty neat photos…


Almost all of these pics I took on the way OUT…My fingers and hands were too numb to work the camera on the ride BACK!!  You may notice we saw lots of birds, and there is a picture of a gator sunning himself…It took me almost the entire rest of the morning to warm up ….It was a really great boat ride, but instead of my hooded sweatshirt, I should have worn my parka , mittens and mukluks…Surprised smile

  Tomorrow night we are heading to the Leesburg Moose Lodge for an adult beverage…and will bring home some fish fry carry-outs for our dinner…I do love carry-outs…they allow me to eat in my very comfy ensembles…Tonight I must switch from my Summer evening wear to my Winter fashions…flannel.

“I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.”
~Katherine Hepburn


  1. There is a great Air Force Museum at Elgin...hope you will have time to check it out. Joe and I stayed at Live Oak Landing for 2 months in Freeport and that was one of our outings on the Harley. They have picnic tables if your into taking your own eats. Also, if time, check out Live Oak Landing. They offer professional fishing/tour services through the wounded warrior program. I could go on and on....we love that place! Safe travels...

  2. OOOPS!...I meant Eglin...
    P.S. Your home fries looked yummy!

  3. Kathy and I went on a boat tour out of Tarpon Springs ten days back out into the Gulf of Mexico so we could collect seashells. It took until yesterday to warm back up and now we get hit with this cold front. Go Figure! Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. For sure I would like hanging out at that little breakfast place. Did a boat tour at Myakka near Sarasota Florida years ago & enjoyed seeing all the Alligators. A cold day on a moving boat can be really exrra cold. I have one ensamble...hiking shoes no laces, blue jeans-ripped, T-shirt-tattered, flannel shirt-food stains, & a cowboy hat-too big & too brown. Works for me.......... Groove on my friend:))

  5. That is one healthy looking breakfast and at an amazing price too. Stay warm there!

  6. I like the new picture of the two of you at the top! You obviously weren't wearing one of your ensembles for that one. :)

  7. WOW! I guess you guys are having a great time. Alice Fayes called and wanted to know where you guys were. LOL

    Wish you were here

  8. I love finding quaint little cafes like the one you've shown. Amazing meal there for an equally amazing price!