Osceola National Forrest

Malia and I were heading home from our vacation and decided we had time for one last adventure, so we explored the Osceola National Forrest in Florida.

The forrest was amazingly beautiful.  It was full of swamps and foliage.  I was hoping to see an alligator, but the weather was to cold.  However, I did find a banana spider and had my picture taken while standing beside it.  The spider blended into the background, so it’s hard to see it in the picture.

As I walked along the trail, I listened closely to the sounds of the birds and any other animals that might be in the area.  I felt a closeness to nature, a feeling of being one with my surroundings.

I was intruder in another world and hoped to see that world play out in front of me.  I also wanted to tread softly, to prevent creating a disturbance in that world.

Walking through Osceola National Forrest was a fitting adventure to end our vacation.

 

Staggering to the Finish Line

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Saturday night, I participated in the “Light Up The Night 5k” charity race. Even though it was only 3 weeks after my surgery, I thought I would be fine.  I felt good that day and did well during the first mile.

However, I started getting dizzy near the 1 mile mark.  I slowed down my pace, but the dizziness just kept getting worse.

I refused to quit, so I just kept on walking.  At times, I staggered and stumbled on the road.  Moving my head or even my eyes made it worse.  Lights were also difficult and I felt like my head was spinning.

An hour had passed and I still wasn’t at the finished line.  My family was concerned, so Gwen took off in an attempt to find me.  She located me as I was turning to make the final stretch to the finish line.

I told Gwen what was going on and she offered to help.  She grabbed my hand and walked with me for the rest of the race.  I kept my head down and tried to avoid doing anything that would make me feel worse.  At times I would close my eyes and relied on Gwen to keep me from getting hurt.

We crossed the finish line and a doctor approached us.  He started to check my pulse and asked about my breathing.  I told him about my surgery and said I was just dizzy.  The doctor made sure I had a chair and hung around for a while to ensure nothing serious was going on with me.

I felt miserable that night, but I am glad I completed the race with Gwen’s help.

 

Double Helix Dash 5K

Today, I completed the Double Helix Dash 5k charity race.  This was my third race and it was the first time I didn’t come in last place.  I am supper happy about that.

I really appreciate my mom coming out to support me.  It’s nice to have someone wish you good luck at the starting line and have them congratulate you when you cross the finish line.  It means a lot to know she loves me and cares enough to be at the races.

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