There’s a little dirt and gravel one-lane path that winds off the asphalt paved surface of Mission Road, southwest of the New Smyrna Beach Post Office. Look for a narrow entrance between cedar and palm trees just west of the intersection of Mission Drive and Old Mission Road. Don’t blink or glance down to check… Continue reading Sweet and bitter times at New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins
Not far from the New Smyrna Beach Coast Guard Station in Volusia County, Florida, is the entrance to the New Smyrna Dunes Park. The park consists of about 73 acres and encompasses five ecosystems (dunes, scrub zone, saltwater marsh, ocean, and river). The dunes are the primary ecosystem on display. The park supports a variety… Continue reading Trekking across the dunes at New Smyrna Dunes Park
Traveling with a person with absolutely no directional sense can be a challenge. My 89-year old mother is a case in point. Forget the adage that age and experience trump youth. Mom can’t read a road map. At all. Never could, even in her younger years. Perhaps it’s because she didn’t get her driver’s license… Continue reading On the road with the mother load
Hontoon Island State Park is a great little spot for day-tripping or overnight camping. Southwest of the city of DeLand in west Volusia County, Florida, the park is a favorite destination for many. At just over 1,650 acres in size, and about 9½ miles in circumference, it takes a little while to explore. Various people… Continue reading Heading over to Hontoon Island
Somehow, I never imagined that in the twilight of her life, I would be traveling the world with my mother, pictured above. In 11 years, she will be 100 years old. Unbelievable. After nine kids, and one husband, she has finally got the time to do something for herself. She likes to travel. However, glaucoma and limited funds are slowing her down a bit.
That’s where I come in. Not that I have a pile of money because I don’t. However, I do have a driver’s license and passport. Both have come in handy in recent years. We’ve managed to hit Hawaii several times, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
The longer trips are becoming somewhat of an issue of late. Mom does not have the energy she used to, and osteoarthritis makes it difficult to sit in the cheap seat sections on an airplane for long periods of time. As she likes to remind me frequently, “aging sucks”.
So, we’re taking trips closer to home. Whenever I’m not working we take short road trips, heading to places not far from our Florida home. We like to visit gardens, check out unusual museums, sight see at historic sites and go to lotsa different locations to eat.
We both realize that her traveling days are numbered, but we will go as long as we can, because as Elvis Presley once sang, “There is so much world to see”.