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Puckett cabin…

Continuing the theme of life along the Blue Ridge Parkway long ago we have the Puckett cabin. Home to ‘Aunt’ Orelena Hawks Puckett, who’s story left me astounded. Here is a photo of the sign that left me so amazed.

In case you are reading on your phone and can’t read the writing on the photo, she began her career in midwifery after age 50, and delivered her last baby in 1939 at age 102. She rode horseback or walked to care for her patients. The sign says that she never lost a mother or baby through her own fault. But, most upsetting to me, is the fact that she bore 24 children and none lived past infancy. I can’t help but wonder what the reasons for that were. And to realize that she was a hostage to her own body to have become pregnant all those times, which would have been enough to drive anyone over the edge, but she served her community all her days. To say that life was hard in those days is such an understatement.

To be honest I can’t remember if this photo was taken before or after we saw Puckett cabin. Not that it matters, but you can see that the scenery along the way had changed a lot from the scenery along Skyline Drive. We stopped for other displays along the way, more mountain homes, and a pond at which I spotted the white butterfly.

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Thoughts of the past…

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers more than just the fabulous scenery at their stops along the way. Sometimes you find a preserved example of an Appalachian Farm to explore. It was nice to get out of the car for more than a minute or two, to walk a little, and to think of what challenges people faced not too long ago, to make a living in this quiet place.

If you stop to think for just a moment you realize that each section of fence was the result of hard labor on someone’s part. The lovely tree we can attribute to God’s handiwork.
Simple home for simple living.
The barn, to shelter the animals who depend on you and also provide their labor as well as food.
We didn’t talk with these photographers, though now I wish we would have. They had a nice camera/lens set up, and a tripod, and they seemed intent on the flowers behind the fence. Or was it something else?
The root cellar, preserving the fruits of your labor for the long winter days.
And the outhouse. We all know how necessary that is.
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Cape Henlopen State Park…

Riding the Cape May ferry has long been on my bucket list. And since I lived in MD for over 30 years you might assume I had gotten around to it. But I never did, and our attempt to do it yesterday didn’t work out either. Planning ahead was required, or buy a stand-by ticket and then wait and see if you get to go at all. That didn’t sound like fun, so instead we went to Cape Henlopen State Park to see what we could see. And we immediately found two lighthouses. Sometimes you just get lucky.

This is the Harbor Rescue Lighthouse off in the distance.
The red one is the East End Breakwater Lighthouse. This is the view from the beach.
Our view was from the very long fishing pier where we got into a fun conversation with a fisherman who suggested that we come back for sunset from the pier. We didn’t, and that was lucky because it wasn’t a great sunset last night.
That wasn’t the Cape May ferry as I first thought. Just a water tour boat.
There was a lot more to see also, when I could tear myself away from more shots of the lighthouses.
You didn’t have to bring your own kayak.
I might bring my iPhone on a kayak, but not the big camera I was carrying.
,We found that the beach was full of colorful umbrellas. And there was a virtual parade of people heading onto the beach loaded down with their own beach paraphernalia.
I was surprised to notice the lighthouse in the distance.
This is where they keep track of boat traffic in the area.
Big boats require big boys.
This is the lightship Overfalls. A portable ‘lighthouse’ of sorts.

So while I didn’t get to ride the Cape May ferry, I can’t say that I was disappointed in the day and how it turned out. Someday I will learn to plan ahead a little better.

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Things have changed…

I wrote my tag line, “Life on my own, on the Nature Coast of Florida”, on the fly in a class I took on How to Start a Blog. We walked out of that two hour class with the bones of a blog in our laptops, all we had to do was write, so I did. And I have enjoyed it a lot. But lately I have been feeling like a bit of a fraud. Actually I have been feeling that way for a while now. After all, once I moved two years ago I assumed that my new county wasn’t considered part of the Nature Coast. But I checked with Siri just now and she says I’m good. Not a fraud, at least not over that part of my tag line.

But the ‘on my own’ thing isn’t as true as it used to be either. I am still on my own, but against all odds there is now someone sharing my life, and also sharing my photo ops. Another photographer, so the whole being out for photos, and also processing them later on, is lots more fun these days. And we are on the cusp of our first adventure together, heading off to visit relatives and take pictures along the way. I probably would have bet money against this ever happening, but it certainly has been a welcome addition to my life in general. So that ‘never say never’ thing? Well, I guess that’s good advice…

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Outsmarting technology…

Turns out I’m not smart enough to outsmart technology, although I outsmart myself regularly. I’m back home on my desktop computer and I can’t get a start page to write a new blog post. More correctly, I’m on my phone at the moment. if I start a post here can I open it on the computer and finish a post? Guess I’ll find out.

And the answer is no, I couldn’t. So how many devices does it take to write a blog post? Three, so far. I’m now on my laptop, the pictures were in my desktop, but I bought a flash drive the other day so hopefully I’m good.

I have asked for help from WordPress twice so far with no response. And since I pay to upgrade so that anyone nice enough to bother reading this doesn’t have to see ads, I would hope that I rate a response from them. At least the post-storm sunset from Hudson Beach was nice. A low tide view when I had expected lots of water. And I almost gave up, but it did, finally, get pretty.

The new USB drive didn’t work, just saying. It was too new for this old laptop. But I found an old one that did work. Sometimes us old things do manage to save the day, at least when they stick together. Or something like that…

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Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park…

If I had read the signage at the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park I might have looked at the site a little differently. Old ruins are frequently the subject of photographs, and this one was only a short distance from Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park and required only a walk across the road to see it in its entirety. So it was a no-brainer to drive the two miles and see what was there. But in looking it up this morning I found myself surprised to read that it is the ruins of a forced-labor farm owned by David Levy Yulee. Once Florida became a state Yulee was elected to the Senate, and after Florida seceded from the union he became a member of the Confederate Congress. That he was an ‘enslaver’ was startling to read, maybe because of the terminology, or maybe the current political climate is making me take these statements less for granted than when read in a textbook years ago. He is also given credit for helping establish the network of railroads which became a boon to Florida’s economy. There is a much bigger story represented in this small space than I would ever have imagined.