Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 23, 2023

Seeds of faith are always within us;
sometimes it takes a crisis
to nourish and encourage their growth.

~ Susan L. Taylor
American – Editor Born: January 23, 1946

Porte Ponderings:

Hike #2 of the Hillsborough Hiking Spree was at Edward Medard Conservation Park, Plant City. It was rated 3-strenuous, but only had a couple of areas that were difficult. Although it said to take your dog hiking with you to the Singing Bluffs, Rickie hated the trail. The trail was too full of scents for him and he almost had to be dragged out to the point. Coming back I couldn’t keep up with him, good thing he was on a leash 😉

The oberservation tower was the first tower I”ve seen that’s totally handicap accessible.

I’m glad I was told to stop and see the sacred trees. They were amazing. High on sanddunes with roots exposed.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 19, 2023

Art is forever.

~ Thomas Kinkade
American – Artist January 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012

Porte Ponderings:

A recent study says that people who retire early suffer mental or congnitive decline. Apparently work keeps your mind active and maintains social contact better than retiring? I think it depends on what you do when you retire. If you sit at home and do nothing, yes your congitive abilities will decline. If you travel, try art, write, take pictures, read, exercise and hike early retirement can increase your spiritual and congnitive activity.

Yes, I have more time to spend with family. I also found COVID was devestating to most people due to the isolation. I was lucky enough to have family and close friends that stayed in touch. Kayaking was a safe sport and so was hiking. I managed to continue my daily walks with my sister and dog. I also was lucky enough to work temporarily for Statistics Canada as a team leader. I was also able to spend time with my husband as he survived 2 major cancer battles (kidney cancer and colon cancer). I’ve learned to take pictures, and to paint (my COVID hobby).

So, I don’t know who they used in the recent study, but it wasn’t my Florida friends. They are active and alert. Busy with parties, sports, exercise and living life to the fullest in Heaven’s Waiting Room.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 16, 2023

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
American – Leader January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968 

Porte Ponderings:

Although yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr,’s birthday, today is a Holiday Monday to celebrate and remember this great man.

Every City in Florida has a MLK road/street.

Everyone in Florida celebrates the wisdom of MLK.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 13, 2023

From birth to age 18 a girl needs good parents.
From 18 to 35 she needs good looks.
From 35 to 55 she needs a good personality.
From 55 on, she needs good cash.

~ Sophie Tucker
American – Entertainer January 13, 1884 – February 9, 1966

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 12, 2023

Life is not a matter of holding good cards,
but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

~ Jack London
American – Novelist January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916

Porte Ponderings:

I started my Hiking Spree with an easy hike at Morrisbridge Park. Only 7 more hikes to complete before entering the contest. I’m aiming for 1 per week.

Hike #1 – Morrisbridge Park – Bald Cypress Hike – January 11, 2023

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 2, 2022

I have never been lost,
but I will admit to being
confused for several weeks.

~ Daniel Boone
American – Explorer November 2, 1734 – September 26, 1820

Porte Ponderings:

The picture I used for today’s quote is from 2014 using the Nikon D60 I had just bought from my stepson. Travelling I75 to Florida this is still my favorite view of Indian Mountain State Park. The trees were in their full colours and the mountain so huge. This is how I like to envision autumn colours.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 8, 2022

I know my strong points:
I work hard,
I have talent,
I’m funny,
and I’m a good person.

~ Pink
American – Musician Born: September 8, 1979

Porte Musings:

Daily affirmations should include the same ones as Pink.

Yesterday’s adventure was a trip to Point Pelee National Park, Leamington Ontario with my sister and my kayaks. The launch there is beautiful, easy to access and easy to use. You can do a short 1 hour kayak along the boardwalk or branch out into the adjoining “lakes”. But be careful, once you get out into one of the smaller lakes, everything can start to look the same with tall reeds all around you. We had a small panic moment, but found our way out and back to the boardwalk for lunch after an almost 4 hour kayak.

Our adventure started with a guided tour along the boardwalk by a beautiful pair of Mute Swans. In the larger Lake Pond we were shown their 4 babies, now adolescents.

The kayaking was wonderful so we thought we would go on the tram to the point. However, we didn’t bring long pants and the flies were biting, so we cut the trip short.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 7, 2022

Well, we all know that self-esteem comes
from what you think of you,
not what other people think of you.

~ Gloria Gaynor
American – Musician Born: September 7, 1949

Porte Musings:

The beginning of September always brings a sense of re-newal.

New books, pens, colouring pencils, schools and bags.

Dressed your best for the first day of school.

Excitement building as you wait for the bus.

Although I’m well past my first day of school, I believe learning is a life long experience, so today I’m headed to Point Peele National Park with my sister and a couple of kayaks to kayak the marshes for the first time. If we don’t get lost I’m hoping we can also take the tram to the point. Maybe we’ll be lucky and see the migration of the Monarchs.