BLOG 96—Key West!

The Wanderings of Kit

(Do you wander or just wonder?)

With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life. By writing this blog I want to inspire you to see your life in a different and/or better way and find joy how you can.

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*** The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing!

*** Going where I want, when I want, and seeing wonderful places and people.

*** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.

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I WANT TO TAKE YOU AWAY WITH ME

ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

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INTRO TO THIS WEEK >>

The masks that people often “have” to wear are demining society. Not being able to see people’s smiles as they are walking toward you damages human life, I think.

You know how I do not like it when people are not friendly and do not say hi. Now people just hide behind their stupid mouth covering and do not communicate in any way.

I will often see someone who isn’t really even making eye contact and just say, “really.” I just want people to think before they hide away from human life.

How about you, I hope you don’t “hide” behind your mouth covering and stay hidden from people.

There was a guy cleaning the parking lot, with his, as they call it, mask, on. This mouth covering has not even been proven to be completely effective.

The me, it’s like, sick until proven unsick. When I see young kids wearing their mouth covering, it’s just grotesque to me. All the young people now will grow up thinking their breath is poison and I believe that’s not good for the human mind.

Cloudy days this week, but warm. I will stay in Florida for the next month, I think. Then on to who knows where, perhaps to see you? I hope so.

WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>

Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking. This is why I find them so interesting, challenging and important on the path to joy and happiness.

Inspiration >> The process of being mentally stimulated to do a certain thing.

I hope to inspire you with my words.

Words have power.

You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determine everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

When you change the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed humorous quote can make someone laugh, our own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control.

You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!

I hope the words I pick do help you.

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BE INSPIRED BY THESE WORDS >>

From my book series, “Beyond Your Potential”.
If you don’t already have these traits, they can be developed.

1 – You try new things. As you know, familiarity is the best teacher. Try new things all the time to allow you to evolve as a person.

2 – You accept change. You cannot get away from it, change is the only invariable. As a highly confident person, you may not always like changes occurring. Do you best to accept the changes and ride the wave of change. Learn to change with the changes.

3 – You have a strong sense of self. You have knowledge of what you like and what you don’t. You have most likely built a strong sense of self by living a broad life and having a variety of experiences. Stretch yourself for more and new experiences—daily!

4 – You learn from your past without dwelling on memories. The past will be a role in helping us move ahead in life, but not if we get fixed in your past.

5 – You go after your goals and dreams. Drive forward as you can toward your good future, always reaching for more toward your end results.

6 – You have a strong sense of individual limits. Don’t attempt to satisfy others just to make them happy. You must see your results and keep “you” happy.

7 – You distinguish your mistakes” as learning opportunities. Don’t beat yourself up for your mistakes; realize that every slip-up is a chance to learn ways to be more victorious the next time. As a juggler, when you drop the ball, pick it up, learn, and continue.

8 – You take risks. You make informed choices even if there is some risk involved. Know how to differentiate between a gamble and a risk. Get ready as much as they can and then go forward for those risks you feel are worth the effort.

9 – You refuse to be under self-pity. As a highly confident person, you refuse to let the difficulties make you feel victimized. Of course, you feel sorry for yourself at times, but it is important not to linger in self-pity.

10 – You can be alone with your own thoughts. Being on Earth can be quite a lonely place at times. Live your life without needing to fill every minute with conversation with others or by use of technologies (cell phones, e-mail, texting, yelling really loud, etc.) After all, each of us is finding our own individual direction.

11 – You trust your instincts. Our mind will help guide us on our path to make the best decisions. Trusting your instincts helps you to make better choices; therefore, you have a better life!

12 – You take care of yourself. You must treat your body with esteem by giving it a high-quality diet in the form of healthy food, relaxation, fresh air, and activity.

13 – You enhance others, not degrade them. As a confident person, you don’t feel the need to build yourself up by putting others down.

14 – You don’t beat yourself up. Of course, you are not perfect. Even the most confident of us have frail moments. Dust yourself off and keep going.

15 – You celebrate your successes and the accomplishments of others. Truly confident people are not envious and backing away from other people’s successes. They celebrate other’s achievements.

Now, it’s time to get out there and do something incredible that you can rejoice in!
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MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

11/28What to do, what to do? I’m near Miami, so, of course, go to the beach! I only saw hotels and expensive houses along the shore.

Then I came to South Inlet Park. With the greenery, a paradise in itself.

First thing to do– jump into the Atlantic Ocean with me of course. The weather was quite warm, nice. And, like usual on the east coast of the US, still hardly any waves, like a bay it was.

After the ocean the outdoor shower was terrific. I soaped up and became clean clean clean.

So, yesterday I put my blog out early, not knowing if I would have Wi-Fi connection later. It ended up that I wasn’t, so I am glad I put it out when I did.

Did you read?
Did you like?
Did you write to me and let me know what you thought of my words?

11/29Miami—like other big cities—too many people, too many cars.

I had to get it away.

So far to get away from this place.

But then I looked on the map and I found Biscayne National Park. I had to go. What a great hideaway, it was perfect. Quick to get there, from Big City to Wilderness in one short drive.

I started seeing fields with fruit tree and palm tree farms, how perfect for me, from city to this, made me happy!

In fact, I found a place in the fields to park and sleep. How pleasant it will be, no noise no lights no people no cars. But, I wish you were here with me.

At this point, since I’m so far south anyway, time to return to Key West.

And just if you are concerned, I still floss and brush every night– I’m sure that make you happy.

To go down to Key West, I have a full tank of gas, the cooler is full of food and ice, my 7 one gallon containers of water are full, I’m ready to have a good time.

I’m very happy with the place I found to park tonight for sleep. It’s already very dark, no humans anywhere around, and I will hear silence tonight.

But, a couple of mosquitoes got into the van. I hear them buzzing around and ready to attack me. Yes, I will be under my sheets so that’s a good thing. I hope you sleep well tonight, I love you.

11/30Every Friday when I put out my blog I feels like kind of a relief.

Still driving south, around Miami now. Miami extends at least 100 miles is a circumference9.

Today I went to another library where I will sleep in their parking lot, again. As I was setting things I saw a guy across the parking lot learning to ride his unicycle.

Of course, right away, I had to start giving pointers, he did have one excellent ride at one point. I also showed him and his wife how to juggle with scarves. New friends were made.

Here is me on my 7′ unicycle back in the 1970s. 

They were quite impressed with my books and my story.

Nice to get the acknowledgment.

Because I ran over that thing on I95, I brought the van into Tires Plus to get a wheel alignment. They had a special deal right now at for a lifetime wheel alignment, so I did. Now, no more worries about the front end of the van.

Heading down to Key West today. I’ve been there two other times. Before I drove straight through the other Keys (Islands) to get there. This time I will be stopping at each Key to explore, you will learn how it goes.

First stop, Key Largo. Hotels tourists, and the like.

Just passed a sign that said—Alligator Crossing—how fun!

Exploring Key Largo what’s fascinating. On the island, vegetation grows thick on both sides of the Road. Very gracious it is. Many nice homes on Key Largo. Some are very secluded, which is quite pleasant, as you would know,

Next was Plantation key. Today is Sunday so many businesses are not open. Yet, that means tomorrow, Monday, all the touristas will be gone, better for me.

I’m on Marathon Key right now. Hard to find beach access, All the multi million-dollar homes are all on the shore.

When I came upon a home just being built right on the ocean. I’m sure they’re going to spend millions for this home. I pulled in in the afternoon, already went for a swim in the ocean, very warm, I might add.

It’s 2:12 in the afternoon and, as you know, I have hundreds of books to read with me. I will spend time reading I will walk around the area. This is where I will be for the night.

Yes, I went for swim in the ocean. There are a bunch of birds on the small Pier where I went to the water. I made sure I did not disturb them, so they didn’t fly away.

You see, this Key of Marathon has a library and I will be there tomorrow. It’s the only library I found in the area. Home for the night on land that’s worth millions. I’m right on the water, very clear and beautiful water all around. Wish you were here.

Where I’m parked right now is called Tingler Island. Different parts each Key or Island has many names. Seems strange to me.

Maybe I’ll just have to be a squatter and take over this property. Would you come and visit me? ( maybe it might be in jail, if I am a squatter?)

There I was down in the Keys wondering why I was there. It was nice weather the first day, oh, then the rain came in. Still warm being so far south, rain brought in the cool, though.

I have to do some gripping now. Seems that most drivers in Florida refuse to use their turn signal. If you know me, that’s a major thing that I do not like. It’s so easy to let other people know what you’re doing by using your turn signal. So, if you don’t use yours, that’s a terrible thing.

Something else to complain about. I’ve had friends who seemed to turn against me. Most of these friends I had I have no idea why they might not like me.
Tina Henry, Melodye Jensen, D Finnigan, Steve Margil, I don’t know where your hatred came from, but it is totally unnecessary. But, that really doesn’t bother me or affect me in any way. You see, I really don’t care, their loss.

Yikes, another complaint. Yesterday I was decimated by mosquitoes. The itching started today and it is Extreme. Boy, those little buggers. 

Ducky ducky ducky, I had to go to Duck Key, of course. A gated community, the guard said I had them a pass to get in. So I saw no ducks, no humans, no frogs, no lions, no creatures at all.

There are some state parks I could have gone to, but they want money to go in. The last one wanted $4.50, not a lot, but it wouldn’t be worth it for me. I’ve seen things like that before, and even better.

This drive out to Key West is 100 miles each way. But, worth the time, it’s a beautiful drive. If you ever get a chance, take the drive.

With the bad weather moving in, there was no reason to stay in the Keys. So I took the Hundred Mile Drive back to the mainland.

My van has been making a squeaky noise when I turn the wheel or when I go over bumps. I was quite concerned.

I went to Tires Plus, they took a look, lubed up some fittings, and things are better. But still makes some squeaky, hopefully that will heal itself. Eventually the squeaks went away, a happy guy I am.

After obtaining my van at about 5 p.m., I wondered where to sleep for that night. I found a parking lot with only a few cars in there, so that was my sleeping place for tonight. I made a bowl of chicken and rice, quite good.

Still don’t know what’s next for me. Jules will be calling me in the morning calling me in the morning, we might get together.

Because I went in the ocean and didn’t shower afterward, I have salt and water on me. Got to be quite itchy.

I took a turn off on one of the keys where there are no people around. I took a shower as I do outside the van. Felt great afterward, nice and clean.

Not sure what’s next to me after that. I’ve been to the Parks down here a few times, both Everglades and Big Cypress parks. I always like to go see the Wilderness, though. And hopefully, this time, I can pet an alligator! I would love that.

Saw a couple live alligators, and I still have all my fingers!

12/1Parked in a big empty parking lot for sleep last night. Is very quiet, with my window covers, that kept the light out. I still awaken between 2 and 4 a.m., which is enough shut eye for me.

I’ve spent a couple of days in Miami. You know how I can’t stand big cities, I’ve had about enough. I had to get away.

It is Tuesday and on the internet I found a nonprofit bike shop. I need a new wheel for the back of my bike. This place the hours are 6 to 9 tonight. I hope they have that size wheel, or, maybe they have another bike I can acquire.

Already have my destination to go to from here tonight. I have to get away from this people in traffic and stuff. It is 5:15 p.m. now and I will let you know if anyone shows up for the bike shop. I hope so. It ended up that no one came by.

Just reading in my van in the evening. As I was laying down reading, and I got a knock on my door. I thought they were cops but the ended up being building security guards, I think.

They ask the stupidest questions, such as, what are you doing here? I answered, well right now I’m reading, then I will be sleeping.

All cops ask many of the same ridiculous questions, their next question was, “Do you have any weapons or guns in your van? I answered, Yes, I don’t. Which totally mixed them up. Then I said, do you think I’d tell you if I did? Then I said, “Why that’s just a ridiculous question.”

They asked me, “Have you been drinking?” I said, of course I have been. If a human doesn’t drink liquid, that human will die. I’m sure you’ve been drinking too, yes?

One of these cops had a big rifle in his hands. I wasn’t about to joke around about that. Just seems like a little much.

Next, I was going to ask, “And you actually get paid for this? But I held back.

I moved on to a different area and I plan to sleep good tonight. I hope you also have a good sleep.

12/2Slept in a quiet parking lot last night, very comfortable. Then, drove to a local McDonald’s to get on their free Wi-Fi.

Miami!
Another big city.
I had to get out!

Taking Route 41 to the West, this is one very straight road across the Everglades. And actually, there is not much to see. There are no roads that go into the Everglades, that’s a good thing for the animals.

So right now I’m just driving though. Aiming for the small town of Chokoloski, mainly because of the interesting name. You’ll find out more later, of course.

Yes, they have cell phone towers all over Florida; even here in the Everglades. I set up so that I can charge all my electric by the engine of the van, hooked into the cigarette lighter post.. A happy Kit Going down to the road.

I took 41 West which goes through the Everglades and then goes directly into Big Cypress National Park, so two-for-the-price-of-one! As I said before, there are no roads that go into the parks, it’s really not much to see oh, nice drive, though.

Big Cypress is a special place. Take a look >>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mULRajIn34I

I saw a campground, I pulled in. Not much here, but it’s a very clean and tidy camp. I found out they charge thirty bucks a night, $15 with my discount. When I can sleep somewhere for free, I’d rather not pay, so I moved on.

I look at that, an art gallery right off the road. I can tell them that many people here but there was a couple taking care of the place. This artist is somehow special to the area. Only using black and white is work it’s quite nice. Take a look clydebutcher.com. He is still alive, by the way.

Further down the road I stopped at a wildlife area with some walking places. I saw two Gators! They were small, but still, they would bite my fingers off. And, I wouldn’t even have a chance to try and bite their fingers off.

I arrived at this glorious Campground at 1 in the afternoon. Has nice tables fire rings and you actually park on the grass. The cost is less, too. So I’m going to take everything out of the van, clean and organize and then put everything back.

How not many trees around here, therefore, not much wood to the fire. But I went out and then gather what I could. I did find one big branch and some smaller. Also, dry palm fronds will burn, I have some of those for the fire also. The winds are up, might be difficult to get a fire and going. But you know me– try I will.

Had a good sleep out here in the wilderness. For a change, I just laid around in my van until the sun was up. A cold start to the day, but things warmed up quickly.

It’s been a few days, shower time. There was no one around, a great time for a shower outside my van. I pulled it around so that the open doors where to the wilderness. As I said before, I get it as clean as I do in any shower.

Saw a couple of vultures, but it seemed that I wasn’t on their menu for the day.

I’m curious, would you shower this way out in the wilderness where there is a slight chance people can see you? Myself, I have no trouble with that.

12\3—Just because of its delightful name, I had to come and see Chokoloskee in southern Florida. Such a beautiful town it is. Right on the border with the Everglades and right on the water, this town has all how for joyful experiences.

In fact, I am parked at a green area now, did some juggling and some organizing of the van. I really like this place. If you are around Florida, you must come and see this place for yourself.

12/4—The van needed fuel, I saw there was a Costco within about 15 miles. They always have the lowest price for gas, so I did. Picked up a couple other items I needed, too.

Pulled into Naples, Florida, and the Collier Library. I know this name well, I graduated from Collier Jr. High in San Diego (no connection, but the same name.) This library is open, unlike many, and I can plug in and get on their wifi, a good thing.

I’m lonely out here, I would love to hear from you.

Either through Facebook or email, kitsummers@gmail.com

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MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU THIS WEEK >>

Do you take any medications? If you do, this week look into natural remedies for what ails you. Best for your body to go the natural route (usually a lot cheaper, too.) What about working out, would that help? Keep safe while doing this.

Over the years I have only taken one medication for high blood pressure. I am looking into various ways to avoid the medication.

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Do you have any ideas for me?

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