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Travel from Taipei to Orlando

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Green 3 bus to Dapinglin station
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Taipei Yellow line in the rain
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Station on the Yellow line
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Disinfection at Taiwan airport
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Take off in 45 minutes
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Coming into San Francisco after 12 hours
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morning again at San Francisco airport
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leaving California for Florida
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leaving California for Florida
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coming into Orlando after 5.5 hours
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the lakes of porous Florida

La Chua Trail

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Cleaning the pond
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Driving out

The La Chua Trail is an elevated boardwalk along a dike out to an observation tower at the north end of Paynes Prairie. When the prairie drain, Alachua Sink becomes clogged, the prairie becomes a lake, collecting water and alligators around the dike.

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La Chua Trail
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Alachua Sink
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Tent caterpillars
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spanish moss covered live oak
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shells without snails
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waiting for the rain to pass
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lizard in the rain
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Paynes Prarie Watershed
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Alachua Trail

Rain traps us at the shelter and we turn around and run back to our car in increasing rain after a short visit

back home

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too many grapefruit
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end of azalea season
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Marc blowing oak leaves off of the roof

Evening bike loop with Marc

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baby bird on sidewalk
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Bird on bike path

Walk through Hayes Glen development across the street

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heading off to Hayes Glen with Sprint
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house from the road
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life on the waterfront
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flooding from the last few days of torrential rain
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a regular short walk route, taking us off the busy 8th Avenue thoroughfare
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Hayes Glen
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swamp at home
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real estate rescue

The Hayes family owned expansive ranges of beef cattle grazing land when we were young and were our landlords for a year before we moved across the street.

back home

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Sprint's daily ball chasing routine
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back yard under the oaks
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Marc potting a date to root
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house under the oaks
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podocarpus, orange, dog and master
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oranges aplenty
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draining the flooded podocarpus
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podocarpus rescue
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Bella's eternal resting spot
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good simple meals
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the librarian passes on his wisdom
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guest bedroom
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dining room
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screened porch

Flint Rock bike ride

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flood waters persist
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future roads
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my elementary school, moved out of town
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the way it used to be
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improving on nature
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back out to Parker Road
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Flint Rock Agrihood
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collateral damage

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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Roy Lambert was the previous owner of the house at 11528
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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a 68 acre non-profit garden comprised of 24 major collections including Florida’s largest display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast.

After the storm - leaf raking, roof sweeping, berm building, garden prep

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Gathering leaves
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Gathering leaves
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collecting grapefruit
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Christopher bringing down fire wood

Using leaves accumulated after the storm to mulch the new garden. Soil dug up from behind the house is used to build up berms to redirect rain water flow away from the house. The soil is also used to mix with sandier soil to make seed pockets for seedlings. We make an A-frame level to map contours to understand water flow from the yard down toward the house.

Poe Springs

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Santa Fe River
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picnic lunch at Poe Springs
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Poe Springs
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Poe Springs
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Poe Springs
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Poe Springs
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Santa Fe River
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nature walk loop at Poe Springs
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nature walk loop at Poe Springs
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cypress knees
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nature walk loop at Poe Springs
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cypress knees at Poe Springs
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Poe Springs
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float tubes captured

Poe Springs is the largest spring in Alachua County, pumping 45 million gallons of fresh water into the Santa Fe River daily.

Pizza at home

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pizza master
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pizza dinner
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finding the contour with an A frame level
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pushing leaves

SW 15th Avenue bike ride with Marc

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Future street
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Cracker house
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chimney standing
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testing weeds on dwarf goats

Work on the garden

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Trimming a tree for the garden
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Veggie garden
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hauling tree branches
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selecting seedlings to start the garden
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garden seedlings
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fruit for lunch
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Planting the seedlings
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mixing soil
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planting seedlings in soil pockets
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planting seedlings in soil pockets
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replacing the burlap between the rows to keep weeds down
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building up the berm
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berm to guide rain water flow away from the house
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Planting okra seed

Santa Fe Kayak trip

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house at Bluebird landing in High Springs
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house at Bluebird landing in High Springs
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unmooring the kayak
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neighbor's landing on the Santa Fe
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Lily Springs at high water
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floating among trees
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Kayak at Poe Springs
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Santa Fe River
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Santa Fe River
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Santa Fe River
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Lily Springs
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Santa Fe River
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Santa Fe River
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cypress on the Santa Fe River
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cypress on the Santa Fe River
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Santa Fe River
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back to Bluebird landing
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Santa Fe River
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Santa Fe River
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back at fooded Bluebird Landing
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flooded Bluebird landing
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ripples in the trees

The 121 km Santa Fe River drains a 3,574 km2 watershed spanning seven counties of north central Florida from the headwaters at Lake Santa Fe, near Keystone Heights. The slow speed of the river along with leaf-drop from Bald Cypress and other trees results in dissolved tannins coloring the river a dark dark-brown.

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house at Bluebird Landing
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BlueBird entrance gate
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Santa Fe Kayak trip (video)

back home

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ball play
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Sprint's morning walk
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pine cone study
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identifying weeds
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Christopher and the wood stove
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visiting brothers
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Marc flies back to Akron in the evening

Morning birding with Gordon at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

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Sweetwater Wetlands
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Sweetwater Wetlands

Sweetwater Wetlands Park is a 125 acre man-made wetland habitat designed to improve water quality by filtering out pollution and nutrients, restoring natural water flow to 1,300 acres of formerly drained wetlands in Paynes Prairie and improving water quality in the Alachua Sink and the Floridan aquifer.

at home

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east wing
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cat and hot water room
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guest room
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Christopher's room

Second SW 15th Avenue bike ride

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industrial mulching with plastic
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at the end of SW 15th Avenue
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at the end of SW 15th Avenue
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blueberry plantation
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SW 15th Avenue bike ride (video)


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lower field
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Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

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Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
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Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
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Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
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Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
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Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
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Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

at home

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Sprint fetching his squeaky ball
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blueberries starting
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bald cypress
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view from the west
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looking west
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Morning bike loop with visit to Margaret Glenn

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coming back on 8th Avenue
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checking for eggs
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chicken coop
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illegally parked
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Margaret's house
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milkweed butterfly garden
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Margaret's house

Kitchen sink cabinet floor repair, yard time

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repairing the cabinet floor under the kitchen sink
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clearing the nest
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garden progress
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watering the garden
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metal covers over rodent entry points

Return to Taiwan

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San Francisco
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13 hour flight
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leaving San Francisco
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leaving San Francisco
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leaving San Francisco
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arriving in Taiwan at dusk

Covid quarantine on return to Taiwan

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PCR testing for Covid in Taiwan
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in line for PCR test
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approaching the test site
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in car testing
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negative antigen test results

Following PCR test on landing, Covid quarantine is 10 days isolation plus 7 days of self monitoring. Release from the 10 day period requires a seoond negative PCR test. Antigen tests are self administered every few days, and officials from the CDC and Foreign Affairs Police monitor your phone movement and call to ask about your health status and test results every day.

Keywords: animal, bike, bird, building, dog, flower, food, fruit, garden, hike, insect, map, plant, river, road, sign, tree, vehicle, video
People: Anne-Marie, Christopher, George, Gordon, Marc, Margaret, Philip
Locations: Gainesville
Dates: 2022:03:07 - 2022:04:12