Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
We are told that the RV park will be getting internet and cable t.v. soon. We'll take some pictures of the area, as we get out exploring. Marilyn
Sunday, March 21, 2010
It was very educational!
The sanctuary habitats aren't as extensive as a well funded zoo, but the animals appear healthy and content. I found the cages to be interesting in that within each animal's habitat there would be additional fencing that created rooms. It seemed like it would provide more stimulation for the animal than just walking the perimeter of one round cage. It was explained to us that the circular structures can withstand trees falling on them during storms better than straight fences. I believe they said the fences were designed to withstand a category 4 hurricane.
This holding pen is open to the main habitat. The cat's water is kept there so it is comfortable entering the pen. I assume the cat may be kept in the smaller pen during the cleaning of the larger area.
The tiger's den is made of cinder blocks and steel mesh covered with cement. Here's another example of the intertwining cages.
You can see the tiger in his cement pond in the background. It is within the cage, but has a nice view of the large lake outside the cage.
Here is the tiger pond minus the tiger.
This was a sad display. The brown wire cage to the right contains the legally "humane" floor space to contain two tigers. The exact measurements weren't stated, but it basically would give them just enough room to lay down and walk around in a tight circle. The cage to the left is an example of what would be provided for a person based on average human weight to area ratio comparable to the tiger's cage. The wire squares are 4" so I estimated the human's cage to be 3 feet x 5 1/2 feet. Imagine living in that limited space for the 20 year lifespan of a tiger!
The conclusion I came to after the tour was that while the sanctuary provides a better life for the animals they are able to rescue, it doesn't solve the ongoing problem. The biggest change must come about through political advocacy. Big Cat Rescue is active in changing the laws that effect the lives of exotic cats. Go to their website on our list of links to see how you can help!
Here is a link to a cute a UTube video Big Cat Rescue made of different exotic cats sounds: Big Cat Rescue Video
Full screen the video, turn up the volume, and let it download fully before playing!
You'll love it!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
We're scoping out places with nice sidewalks for riding our bikes. We haven't been yet, as I've just recovered from my first round of exercising. That took a week of a wrecked back! Yesterday and today I did a few more exercises. I think this time I'll be smarter by doing less and waiting to recover before hurting myself some more.
We went to the community of Brandon Sunday to tour the shopping centers. Brandon seems to be the shopping Mecca of the area. It has an enclosed super mall and strip malls to all sides of it. We spent four hours walking and survived it!
We tried a restaurant called simply enough, Latin Cuisine. The inside was laid out like any mom and pop place with tables covered with plastic table cloths. There was a steamer table where the servers stood ready to fill your plate. The meal was instant like a fast food place, but had the taste and heartiness of a great home cooked meal. I had roasted pork, yellow rice, and black beans. Roy had yellow rice with a mix of chicken and vegetables over it. Both had interesting mild seasonings that were delicious. It's one of those meals that doesn't hit you as spectacular right off, but the flavor haunts you calling you to return for more. The variety of meals seemed to be built around red, black, pinto, and garbanzo beans, as well as, yellow rice. The meats were spiced pork, beef, and chicken. If you get a chance, give Latin food a try. As their motto says: "Not just another Spanish restaurant".
Yesterday driving back to the trailer park, we spotted two wild piglets foraging by the road! They didn't look any different than domestic pigs from what I could see. They were so cute, I just wanted to pick one up to hug. We didn't see mama, but I imagine she was close by. I was surprised seeing them so close to a neighborhood. I'm told by a local that the woods around here are full of them. That gives me a new perspective on why so many of the rural homes, apartment complexes, and neighborhoods are fenced. It's also another reason for not walking the dogs in the woods!
Wild pigs may not be the bigger issue, though. This week I was walking Sugar around the trailer park when two Rottweiller mixes came charging off their owners lot at us. I pulled Sugar up close, as she isn't opposed to giving her all in a fight and I wasn't wanting her to commence the battle. In this case I'm sure she would have been on the losing end with me caught in the middle. One dog in particular seemed to be looking for it's chance to dart in for a nip at her. I did a lot of screeching and dancing from side to side between Sugar and the two dogs. When the lead dog appeared like he was going to make his move, I reached down to swoop Sugar up. Under duress she freaked and bit my arm, but not too badly. Thank goodness the owners came running and caught the dogs before the fight began in earnest! I have to say I've never been so scared. I shook all the way back to the trailer, and couldn't speak upon setting down. I took Sugar for another walk today, and know I won't look at walking where there are dogs in yards the same ever again. A dog attack is an experience I don't want to repeat! It appears the folks with the above mentioned dogs have moved on. When I get nerve enough to walk past their lot again I'll see!
We're relaxing into activities at home. It's interesting that we can feel our bodies trying to drop into a totally relaxed state, but are somehow having trouble letting go. It's almost like a person has to figure out how to just do what they want. I commented to Roy that it's almost like being in paradise, but without the scenery! It should be an interesting feeling when we achieve this new way of being.
That about sums up life here. Our month stay in this park is completed Thursday. We have our reasons for staying and reasons to move one. For all its issues, the park is a study in life. We may stick around a bit more on a week to week basis. For the good and bad of it, it somehow has a feel of home. Marilyn
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
The young couple to the east of us seem reconciled. I'm so glad, as they have a baby and a toddler. I just saw the couple to the west of us together, so hopefully they're reconciled, too.
I have been looking at the camper with decorating in mind. I'm thinking some wallpaper borders, and wall decorations would accomplish a lot. It appears as though it would be as easy to change, as ideas one could come up with!
Roy bought one of the vinyl woven patio rugs you see outside campers. I wasn't sold on the idea at first, but can see that it decreases the amount of dirt being tracked in tremendously. It's a good thing.
Vinyl floors are best indoors. They are easy to keep swept clean. I had a couple of rugs inside, but found they were real dirt catchers, and something extra to have to deal with when trying to keep the floor clean. The rugs are now gone.
A ceramic heater with a thermostat comes in handy for cold days and nights, even in Florida. As one wise person told us, "Cold is cold."
When boondocking, Roy and I discovered that coffee made on the stove with a percolator tastes like gourmet coffee. We haven't gone back to using the electric drip coffeemaker. We're considering getting rid of it!
One day when we ran out of store bought French Vanilla creamer, Roy made some. His is now the favorite! It also tastes gourmet.
Some RV parks don't take "dangerous breed dogs". It's best to refer to you mixed breed dog as a mix rather than generalize it as a Shepherd, Rottweiller, or Pit Bull.
Roy feels that lower RV park rates are achieved by talking to the manager in person rather than over the phone.
That's all for now. Take care