In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.~Albert Camus
This weekend we went to Ravine Gardens, In Palatka, Florida. The warm weather has come early to North Florida, and we enjoyed it Saturday.
All the plants are starting to bloom early… This is both good and bad. It’s good because we get to enjoy the azaleas and other flowers that surround us.
It’s bad because my allergies are already acting up… I love and hate (almost) Springtime at the same time…
According to the Florida State Park website, the Gardens were created when
A ravine was created over thousands of years by water flowing from the sandy ridges on the shore of the St. Johns River. In 1933, this ravine was transformed into a dramatic garden by the federal Works Progress Administration. Much of the original landscaping still exists as formal gardens and an extensive trail system.
We go three or four times a year to hike the trails, explore through what seems like the wilderness (it’s not), take photos and enjoy the flowers.
I usually don’t bring Doug… He almost always ends up in trouble wherever we go, and having him running loose in the woods is never a good idea.
I brought him this time though. He behaved for the most part, if you don’t count sneaking in without paying the entrance fee.
I tried to explain to him that it is five dollars a carload, no matter how many people and monkeys are inside.
He said it didn’t matter… Monkeys should not pay to go into the woods.
We dropped him off at the rear of the park, drove around, paid our fee and met him at the welcome center… There’s no arguing with Doug if you want to stay sane.
We all enjoyed ourselves until Doug decided to “go native” as he calls it. I heard a loud snap and crash… Never good sounds when Doug is loose.
We found him a bit farther down the trail. He wouldn’t explain what happened, except to say trees aren’t as strong as they used to be. I don’t know how we arrived at this conclusion since the only experience he has with trees are the ones that grow in our yard…
The state of Florida is threatening to charge us triple price if we want to take Doug to parks with us in the future. I’m not sure if even the inflated price would cover the cost of the usual monkey mayhem…