Saturday, March 15, 2008

Greetings from Sunny Florida!

I decided to finish the last of my edits for Cruising Connecticut's 2nd Edition while vacationing in Florida. The fact that I could be outdoors during the winter months and picnic has inspired me.

Picnicking at beaches and parks is universal of course, but I found distinct differences between my home state of Connecticut and my vacation state of Florida. For example, at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, I talk about fending off the ducks looking for a free handout; at Lido Park in Sarasota, it is the seagulls, and the squirrels, and even raccoons, whose normal nocturnal nature has been turned upside down from being fed by visitors. And, instead of the shells and stones I collect at Hammonasset Beach State Park, at Casperson Beach in Venice, I join the folks who are collecting shark's teeth.

Whatever the setting, an ideal picnic is still the same: delicious food eaten outdoors, preferably combined with good company and a fun activity. And, although I may have had a head state on the picnic season, everyone will soon be able to catch up. March 20th is the first day of spring; with its promise for new growth and new beginnings, more relaxing times and outdoor fun, it's the perfect time to dust off your picnic basket and get ready for picnicking in Connecticut.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jan,
I've never blogged before but I'm leaving for Venice myself in 2 weeks ... Reading your "Greetings from Sunny FLorida" has gotten me all the more excited to get there! We walk Casperson's everyday and have quite a shark's tooth collection to boot. We've even taken a boat up to Sarasota as you mentioned. This year you've inspired me pack that same picnic lunch :)

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm glad you tried blogging. Enjoy Venice and the picnic ~ I'm heading home soon and will miss it, although anxious to get my new edition into the stores. Jan