Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall Harvest

Being a Michigan girl most of my life, fall harvest meant apples and pumpkins. In Florida, it means tangerines and lemons! The citrus season is just beginning and in the months to come various types of tangerines, oranges, lemons, and limes will be ripening in the groves here in Central Florida. 

It is the end of our first quarter of teaching, and I desperately needed a break. (I had no idea how much teachers work at home, Starbucks, and in their dreams!). Two non-teaching days gave me free time, in which I slept a lot and a explored a little. I'm still checking things off of my "Do, See, Visit in Florida" list. 

Friday, I spent a few hours at Legoland. Though I did enjoy it, unlike some of the other amusement parks, this one really would be more enjoyable with and is definitely geared towards children. I can't see myself going again on my own, but if you (any of you!) visit, I will happily revisit the "Everything is Awesome" theme park. 

After a few hours of school work at home and in the classroom, I ventured off on my next discovery. It started with a web search of pick-your-own oranges in Central Florida and became a cultural experience. I will let the pictures take you on the journey. (Oh, once you exit Orlando city limits, Florida becomes a very different place.)

Just in case you needed to find the Showcase of Citrus on a map, these sings surely help.
 I don't know. 
 Lots of homemade honey.
 Lots of gator meat, salsa, jerky, chili.
Speaking of gator chili. 
A boar.   
A kangaroo. Some chickens. A large bird. I don't like birds. 
 My nearly full bag of tangerines and lemons. 

Dressed for the weather whilst picking fruit on October 26. Hm...

 If you wish, you can tour the groves in one of these. Who needs hay-rides?!
 At home with the goods. Now to figure out what to do with them all!

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