Saturday, April 23, 2016


POTPOURRI--

One of the hazards to geocaching in Florida's back country is stumbling onto one of these critters relaxing in the afternoon sun.  This chubby rascal was seen on a tour of the Stick Marsh in our Indian River County about 15 miles northwest of Vero Beach.

There is an evident truism here that opines, "If you see a body of (fresh) water here there is an alligator in it."  They are not fond of salt water.  There, a whole battalion of shark varieties can keep your curiosity challenged.


After the marsh tour concluded we meandered into Squid Lips Restaurant in Sebastian for a mid-day meal followed by feeding the local flotilla of catfish (residents under this dock behind the restaurant in the inter-coastal waterway); activity which, naturally, attracted near by seagulls.  The teenage grand daughter, right, was more interested in her cellphone--naturally.


   ...which leaves us with this highly unusual geocaching experience.  That's a pair of $5 bills folded and stuck under a vine on a live oak tree near a geocache we found hidden about four feet to the left of this scene.  Your guess is as good as mine regarding what this is all about.  Didn't belong to me so I chose to leave the money as found in case the next person needs it more than me.

And so it goes....


Monday, April 4, 2016





The

Nautical But Nice

Shop,

Stuart, FL



This is a very nice gift shop featuring all manner of nautical things anchoring (pun intended) the very popular B&A Flea Market in Stuart, FL.  The top sign on the face of the check-out counter says;  Warning  You are entering a Red Neck Area   You may encounter  American Flags  Armed Citizens  The Lord's Prayer and Country Music

Fogeyisms tips our hat to owners Mel and Susie for making their support of the US Constitution and its 2nd Amendment, in particular, quite obvious.

I've never been in this shop--a must stop on every visit to the flea market--when it was not bustling with enthusiastic and well behaved customers.  < Smile >  


Monday, March 28, 2016


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With permission; /s/ C C Pepple

Saturday, March 12, 2016


HISTORY MAKING, 1ST EVER
Night time aerial acrobatics
TICO Air Show; Titusville, FL

This 4-plane formation thrilled the large crowd as they performed as part of the first-ever night airshow at this popular annual event near NASA's Cape Kennedy facility.

The dark smudge in the lower center of the top photo was smoke from a large grass fire that local departments fought most of the day including the use of a helicopter doing air dumps of water in an effort to control the blaze.

During a helicopter segment in the afternoon the fire fighting helicopter was invited by radio to join the other helicopters passing in review and added the bonus of a close peek at his airborne dumping rig.

In the picture (right) the three lower lights are runway lighting and gave the breath-taking impression the diving aircraft needed to do a quick recovery from their flight's course in order to avoid catastrophe.

Two, WWII B-25 bombers--the type of aircraft used in Jimmy Dolittle's raid on Tokyo in April 1942--passed in review to celebrate that memorable event which happened just a little over 4 months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

The USA was both stunned and militarily crippled in that attack while the Japanese continued their assault across the South Pacific.  The Dolittle raid bolstered morale in the US and was a turning point in the war.

The Japanese suddenly realized their homeland was in danger and had to deploy forces in its defense thus weakening their aggression.

In that raid 16 B-25s were launched from two US Navy aircraft carriers--the first time ever that was accomplished with multi-engine bombers.  All crash landed after their bombing runs because they had insufficient range to return to the carriers.

We suffered the loss of 3 pilots in those crashes and 8 others who were captured by the Japanese and were executed or died as prisoners of war.  Most others survived by crash landing in China.  Nationalist Chinese were our allies in WWII; later losing their own war to the Communist Chinese in 1949.

Doolittle's co-pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Cole, one of the two living survivors of the raid, was actively greeting TICO airshow visitors during the afternoon and we had the very random honor of being seated at a table next to his party at a local restaurant that evening with his very near-by presence stimulating our awareness of his place in US history.

Another highlight of the show was the amazing performance of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, introduced in 1994 and, as of 2015, remaining the second most common currently operational military aircraft in the world.

Imagine the excitement of that warbird doing a low pass in front of the crowd at 9/10 the speed of sound.  It is capable of flying Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound) at altitude in clean configuration (no exterior armament).

I'm still tingling from the sight of it doing close formation aerobatics with a P-51 Mustang, a propeller driven, key player in WWII aerial combat and my idea of the most classic airplane design--ever!


Saturday, March 5, 2016


POTPOURRI--

Ohio Geocaching friend Bill Neihoff (known as the Lighthouse Nut in geocaching circles) takes a leisurely approach to shooting a group photo of the rest of our caching platoon at an Audubon Society facility in Polk County FL recently.

He and his bride Diane were spending some time in the area and we, along with other Ohio caching friends Greg and Leslie, were their guests for a four-day romp in the area generally between Tampa and Orlando.

Our featured caching effort involved the many preserved, natural areas of Polk County each with one geocache designed to attract cachers to visit where scenes like the above were commonplace.


We wound up our caching at the Bok Tower in Lake Wales where their visitor's center proudly displays their adopted name, America's Taj Mahal.  Click here and take a closer peek.  That's Roger (Zip) an in-law the the Neihoff's with his back to the camera, with Greg, Diane, Sue, Leslie and Bill shown in clockwise order.

The following weekend found us at the NY Mets baseball, Spring training facility for their home opener of the pre-season at Port St. Lucie, FL.


We were treated to a nail-biting contest which finished 9 innings with the teams tied 4 to 4--whereupon, rather than moving into extra innings, everyone grabbed up their gear and disappeared from the field.  Evidently Spring training games don't feature baseball's equivalent of overtime.

That's our Syracuse, NY friend Dick Weeks with the blue ball cap in the right foreground.  His sister-in-law Wendy Smart is the gal in the light green top with her hubby Brad behind her peering toward the camera.  Her mom and step-dad are to her left where we were enjoying terrific seats looking down on the third base line near home plate.

Over 7,000 fans nearly filled their very modern stadium, Tradition Field.

Sunday, February 7, 2016


CHOW TIME--

Pelicans line up for some treats every-time fishermen begin their fish cleaning chores at Jetty Park in Ft. Pierce, FL.  The newly renovated park is along the inlet connecting the ocean to the inter-coastal waterway and the city's harbor.

We were there that recent afternoon to do an Earth (Geo)cache which examines the history of the jetty and its effect on the coastal environment.

The pelicans likely are permanent residents.

With free room and board, why not! 



HITCH-HIKING CORMORANT--

An apparently opportunistic cormorant appears to be hitching a ride on a cooperative Canada Goose on this small lake near Malabar, FL recently while seven of us wandered by on a geocaching outing.

Caching trumped photography that day so I didn't linger long enough to determine if the goose was alive or was a decoy.

Still wondering.