I had hoped to publish two more blog posts while we were still vacationing in the States, but just didn’t have the time. We were very busy visiting with friends and relatives, so other stuff was put on the back burner. Now that we are back home and settling in, let the blogging continue…
In my last post, I showed you pictures from a piece of jungly land in East-Central Florida. Here are a few shots from the nearby area. I love the big, beautiful palms and the live oaks covered in Spanish moss.
In this picture, you can see a sliver of Lake George, Florida’s second-largest lake. The land you see on the right-hand side is an island in the lake.
The following morning, the Woodsfamily hit the beach before it started to get too hot.
Here’s the Woodsboy contemplating life…or maybe just lookin’ at some stuff.
Later that day, we were treated by the Woodsparents to a nature-themed boat ride on an intracoastal river. We were able to see plenty of birds (herons, among others) and dolphins, in addition to the local flora, most of which consisted of mangroves.
These were the best shots I could get of the dolphins.
A few days later, in another area, we saw this alligator lurking in a retention pond. Needless to say, the Woodsboy loved it. :)
By this point in our trip, I’d almost had my fill of sweet tea, okra, BBQ pork, biscuits & gravy and chicken & dumplings and our time in Florida was winding down. We’d soon be leaving, but weren’t ready to head back to Finland just yet. The second and final leg of our trip took place in another state, and I will report back to you again soon with some more pictures from a different part of the US.
But while we’re still on the topic of Florida, I’d like to draw your attention to a blog by a guy born and raised in East-Central Florida, The Florida Steampunker. He writes about his outdoor adventures, old knives and other items, EDC and much more.
Finally, I’d like to share with you a recipe for one of my favorite summertime drinks, which is a popular refreshment in the American South: sweet tea!
- 3 cups (7 dl) of water in a pot
- 6 tea bags (black tea)
- 1 cup (2.3 dl) of sugar
- 7 cups (16.3 dl) of cold water
- Boil 3 cups (7 dl) of water in a pot.
- Put the 6 tea bags into the boiling water and let boil for 1 minute.
- Remove the pot from the heat and cover it (with the tea bags still inside).
- After 10 minutes, remove the tea bags.
- Pour the still-warm tea from the pot into a pitcher and then add the 1 cup (2.3 dl) of sugar to the pitcher, stirring until all the sugar dissolves.
- Add the 7 cups (16.3 dl) of cold water to the pitcher.
- Serve with ice and enjoy!
Here’s my first batch, which is going fast:
There are lots of variations, this just happens to be the one I tried. Hope you try it and like it!