Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, 4732 Millhopper Road, Gainesville, Florida

devilsDevil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is a suburban park. When the gates opened at 0800 the local joggers were jogging in place waiting patiently. I found it all quite interesting and worth the hour I wondered around.
“In the midst of north Florida’s sandy terrain and pine forests, a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep leads down to a miniature rain forest. Small streams trickle down the steep slopes of the limestone sinkhole, disappearing through crevices in the ground.Lush vegetation thrives in the shade of the walls even in dry summers. A significant geological formation, Devil’s Millhopper is a National Natural Landmark….

Washington D.C. for Veterans Day and a TV Education, From Toms Desk

ilum-boatIt is just about 20 years since I last was at the wall or in D.C. for Veterans day, but when I got the Invitation for the ceremony at the NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL I quickly called my old friend Sean, in Takoma Park to make sure there was a bunk available for me, booked a flight, and now it is just the aanticipationof what might be an emotional visit.
Seeing Joe and a few other long time friends is always heartening, for this old man. And hearing Joe…..

Rainbow Springs State Park, Florida

fallsWhat interested me in Rainbow Springs State Park, Florida were the ALERTS and the waterfalls at the Park. ALERT wise why can’t Thailand and it’s tourism Authority do ALERTS? More about that soon.
From Homosassa the park was only abot a 30 minute drive so off I went. Once again everything well marked and clear.
I found the history quite interesting.
“In the 1920s, this spring was a favorite spot for tourists and locals. As the attraction grew, the river was dredged for glass bottom boat tours; and waterfalls were built on piles of phosphate tailings. A zoo, rodeo, gift shops and a monorail with leaf-shaped gondolas were added. In the mid-1970s, when larger theme parks lured the tourists away, Rainbow Springs was closed. In the mid-1990s, it reopened as a state park. In 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated Rainbow River as a National Natural Landmark. It is also an aquatic preserve and an Outstanding Florida Water….

It’ Time to Stop Whining and Start Solving

No-Whining-Sticker-(2146)If I hear one more politician pissing and moaning, and slamming his opponent I’ll scream. Then there are plenty of promises, but no plans. After 18 years of “Tourism Authority of Thailand lies and bullshit I thought a break might be nice. Beyond a doubt any research shows that Thailand is one of the most corrupt countries on the planet.
Sure I believe problems need to be clearly pointed out and a bit of ridicule in the case the Tourism Authority of Thailand is good exercise, just read  Khon Kaen Retirement to see the real story.
But Thai government entities have been on the gravy train so long the only thing they have been good at is lining their own pockets…..

Weekend in Suwannee, Chiefland, Cedar Key and Crystal River. Part4, Foodfest

foodfestAfter my tour of Cedar Key Town, and Learning about Clams and Aquaculture and a trip to the Historical Society Museum it was time for a food break and it was even better than advertised.
Taste of Cedar Key, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, local restaurants showcase the varied cuisine around town by offering samples from their menus – with local musicians in the gazebo. Proceeds to benefit the Cedar Key High School-$10 adults, $5 seniors/under 18. City Park, Second & A Street.
The day was perfect, there was plenty of food and the folks were friendly…..

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park,Florida, New finds and New Camera

hom2I visited Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park,Homosassa, Florida back in August. At the time I was directed to the car park right across the street from the park and missed the main interest with Visitor Center, as well as the 20 minute pontoon boat ride to the visitor center as well as the shady  tram/walking path.
Also using the Samsung Point an Shoot WB50F. I am still getting familiar with the small bit of shutter lag, but it does provide better zoom and a better quality photo as well.
Since I was there mid day on the weekend you can see a bit why Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park…

Ajahn Jayasaro, Buddhist Education 7

Buddhist emphasis on inner peace, contentment and few desires, is that an obstacle to development? done for  the Thawit School.
‘In Buddhism we talk about two different kinds of desire. When you lack understanding of something, or you misunderstand the nature of something, then immediately the false desires arise in your mind, what we call taṇhā, or craving.
‘Whereas when you have a clear understanding of something, when your mind is at peace and equanimous, the point that cannot be stressed enough is that the mind doesn’t become inherently passive, but that a different kind of desire arises. And this is the desire which is powered by compassion. It’s a desire for truth, a desire to do good, and to create happiness and benefit for those around you.’….

Google Maps, Wat Tham Phuang, and Free Thai in Northeast Thailand

Maps, Google Maps and getting to Wat Tham Phuang in Northeast Thailand

I usually go to this cave wat from Sawang Daeng Din, which is North of this area and the wat is south of Song Dao. Even in this small section of road atlas page you can see that it is pretty useless…Continue reading


Free Thai in Northeast Thailand?

Larry over at Khon Kaen Retirement has been digging through the anals of history. Yes anals, not annals. A dark place that seems to be full of shit). I on the other hand am more interested in places…Continue reading


Garmin GPS, Google Maps and Samsung Point and Shoot in America

panicTo my mind Garmin is more bossy the the Google lady. Setting up a destination in Google also feels easier. Sure, a lot of that might be due to the fact that I have used Google for years and Garmin only recently.
Due to the internet situation in the States, Garmin has to be used if one needs direction, as well as local information.

At the end of the day the big problem is Internet access in the States. When your ISP des not cover the area you are in, you are screwed. 2G is useless. If you do not want to go to a fast food place, or where ever they provide free access, you are screwed……