Archive for December, 2012


Wild Man

Neath the loamy earth he lay

Slumbering

clothes all wet and soaked with clay.

Biding time ’til sunshine brings

the warmth to reach up into spring.

Brown and ugly, lonely, snuggling, only buried in the garden.

Down and covered, watered, smothered, soon the earth no longer hardened.

Up and up he dreams while sleeping.

Tendrils climbing, grasping, creeping

Green and tender arms of shoots.

For now the wild thing is only roots.

We really do have caves in Florida!

Leave it the CWT family and friends to get together and do something crazy….CAVING! That’s right, we have caves in north central Florida.

This is an amazing family adventure!

This is an amazing family adventure!

Vandal Cave entrance is very open and easy!

Vandal Cave entrance is very open and easy!

The Dames Caves in the Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee Forest (Trail 22) is an amazing place to enjoy the outdoors with the entire family. You don’t have to be world-famous cavers or hikers. You just have to have a sense of adventure and half a day of good weather.

The usual suspects.

The usual suspects.

We arrived with the usual suspects at the obscure parking area on the roadside. Thus began a fun-filled day of exploration and testing of our courage!

The caves vary from easy entries with large rooms to multi-level systems with some fairly interesting tight spaces to get into. There is something for everyone. We recommend this even for those who might be claustrophobic. Some of these caves are wide open!

Bring water, lunch, cameras, headlamps, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty! Mind you, Chicks with Ticks NEVER mind getting dirty!

The kids love the adventure of exploring the cave levels.

The kids love the adventure of exploring the cave levels.

If you need information, please don’t hesitate to call Eddie at the division of forestry for Withlacoochee. He was amazing and very helpful.

Just another day of adventure for the Chicks with Ticks Family

Just another day of adventure for the Chicks with Ticks Family

Friends helping friends.

There's something for everyone to try.

There’s something for everyone to try.

What? Blog of the Year Award!!!

Oh my! We are so excited to have received our nomination for The Blog of the Year 2012 Award! This is our first star so we will proudly uphold the rules.

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg Thanks so much http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/ for your vote of confidence and loyal followship! We hope we do you proud.

Here are the ‘rules’ for this award:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience [I cannot join that group as I am not on Facebook].

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, then you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.

Here are our nominees:

http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/

http://grishmanphotography.com/

http://musingsofanoldfart.wordpress.com/

http://withywindlenatureprograms.com/

http://dragonkatet.wordpress.com/

http://sullysidhe.wordpress.com/

 

We hope you enjoy their sites as much as we do!! Thanks again Kitty!!

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