Goals For The New Year; 2023

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Wow! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I last blogged. I know we’re in November but I wanted to get a head-start on the goals I hope to accomplish next year. I love to hike, walk, chase waterfalls, go to the beach, camping, thrill seeking, etc. Goals are in no particular order.

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1: Continue THERAPY (PRIORITY)

2: Visit the GRAND CANYON

3: Visit AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK, GEORGIA (Excellent blog post)

4: COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY (This really matters and I need to stop pretending that it doesn’t. I worked hard at getting my degree)

5: Blog more (Writing is something I’ve always loved to do)

6: Learn to play the PIANO (I found a decent piano, for beginners, from Amazon (PIANO). I can teach myself to play. Private lessons are expensive.)

7: Promote my book (Ways to PROMOTE your book)

8: Eat HEALTHY MEALS and EXCERISE more. (PRIORITY)

9: Start a RAISED BED GARDEN.

10: ZIPLINE

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Oak Mountain State Park; Review

This was a spur of the moment trip for me a few weeks ago. Oak Mountain is about 3 hrs and 45 minutes away from me; one way. It’s located in Pelham, Alabama. By the time I arrived home, it was around 10 p.m and I’d hit the road around 6 that morning.

Upon my arrival, I would come to see how huge it is. Since I was short on time, I didnt see nearly half of the park. Taken from the website: “From its humble beginning as a 940-acre park atop Double Oak Mountain established by the Alabama State Lands Act of 1927, Oak Mountain State Park has grown to 9,940 acres making it Alabama’s largest state park.”

Cost to get in was $5.00 and cash only.

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is about an hr and twenty minute drive from me and also one of my favorite places to visit. There arent as many flowers in bloom during the fall/winter months compared to spring and summer. It’s still worth visiting to see what is in bloom as you can see from the pictures I took at the end of my post.

You can read about the history of the gardens by clicking the link. Bellingrath Gardens and Home

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Tuskegee Airmen National Park

As I was headed home from my visit to Chewacla State Park, I realized that I had enough time to visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Park located in Tuskegee, Alabama. Visit the website for more information: Tuskegee Airmen National Park

I knew quite a bit about the Tuskegee Airmen before visiting but to learn even more, brought on so many emotions; sadness, happiness, and anger. I was short on time but will definitely be going back. If you have never visited, I highly recommend that you do.

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Chewacla State Park

With most of the state parks that I want to visit over a 3 hour drive, I get up between 4 – 4:30 a.m. to be on the road no later than 6 a.m. One of the perks of going to bed early, so that when I hit the road, I’m not tired.

Chewacla State Park is about a 3 and 1/2 hour drive from me; one way. Keep reading for my review.

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Fun Time At The Farm

The maze was dedicated to 9/11

Sweet Season Farms, which is located in Milton, Fl., is by far my favorite place to visit during the fall. The corn maze is amazing + the attractions + the food. I’ve always had a great time out there.

There’s a bit of everything for the kids and the adults. We always do the whole cob admission which is $14 + tax. I purchase our tickets online because it saves you $2.00. It includes: unlimited access to:  Corn Maze, Hayride, Children’s Playground (12 and under), Corn Popper,  Sunflower Speedway, Hop-A-Long Rodeo, Country Carousel, Double Cow Train, The Beeline, Farm Games, Sunflower Paths, Picnic Area, Hay Bale Maze, Animal Barn, Barnyard Ball, Mini Barnyard Ball, Tetherball, Duck Races and more!One (1) Turn at Corn Cannon also included, but not unlimited.
*pumpkins and pony rides NOT INCLUDED with admission
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Fort Pickens – Part 1(Picture Overload)

Fort Pickens – Click to Enlarge

I’ve visited here plenty of times. And each time, I’m always in complete awe of the history, and the architecture. You can read about the history here: Fort Pickens.

The price for admission:
Per person (pedestrian, cyclist, etc. 1-7 days) – $15
Motorcycle (1-7 days) – $20
Vehicle (1-7 days) – .$25
Park Annual Pass – $45

You can camp at Fort Pickens; RV or tent with electric and non electric sites. There’s access to the beaches, which to me are a lot less crowded and you can fish. If you plan to camp or just hang out for the day, I suggest doing research before heading over, as in keeping track of the weather and possible closures. From the website “Warning: Fort Pickens Campground / Road is subject to flooding, evacuations, closures due to severe weather; Please make alternate plans for last minute cancellations.”

Finding shade may be an issue at some of the sites – hurricanes tend to destroy our trees. Considering how hot and humid it can get here during the summer months, keep that in mind if you plan to tent camp. If you’d like to go have dinner somewhere or visit the main beach (Pensacola Beach), take into account how far you’ll have to drive. It’ll take about 22 minutes, one way.

Is it worth it? Absolutely!

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