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Lake Okeechobee, Headwaters of the Everglades

John on fishing pier at Lake O

(As Albert Hitchcock used to say): “GOOOOD EV-EN-ING”

Yesterday, a couple of the resort residents encouraged us to attend a coffee hour at the clubhouse, promising good coffee and free doughnuts, and “usually a good program.”

The coffee/doughnuts were as advertised, the resident-members at our table welcoming, and the program? Organ donation! It turns out that several people in this community have either been part of a family who has donated, or a family that has received, a donor organ. There was even a retired private pilot who spoke about his experiences transporting medical personnel and organs. Of course, everyone was encouraged to indicate (on their drivers license) their intention to be an organ donor.

After the coffee hour we left the resort in search of a department store — and ended up at Lake Okeechobee, famous for it's large size and being the headwaters of the Everglades. En route to the lake we covered 50 miles of "Florida Heartland," aka cattle ranches, turf farms, citrus groves; all huge properties. The size of the farms/ranches and flat terrain reminded us of farmland in the Midwest, only with palm trees!

$5.00 bought lunch at DQ and then we headed 'home' for a swim, supper,and an evening program at the clubhouse: “The Sweet Adalines,” a women's show choir whose members are “ages 14 to 94.” We enjoyed the music.

Returning to the coach, John noticed that one of the jacks had not completely dropped down to the pavement — which explains the (previously undetermined) rocking and rolling sensation that we've been experiencing since we arrived! We retracted all the jacks and then dropped them into place once again. All is well; one more lesson learned, LOL.

Until next time ....

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