Saturday, March 6, 2010

My New Digs

We went to Wekiwa today to see our new house.  It was a beautiful day.  We arrived at the park shortly after noon.  I knew the general area that the residence was in, so we went there and knocked on the door of the house.  No one was home.  I called the Park Manager's cell phone and left a message for him.  We looked around the outside of the house and ate the lunches that we had packed while we sat out front.  When we hadn't heard anything for a little while, we decided to head into the park.  Because we were entering from a back entrance, we were stopped by a Law Enforcement officer.  He was very nice and I explained that I had reason to be there.  He caught up with us again when we reached the parking lot and told us where we could find the Park Manager.  When we met up with him, we found out that we had been at the wrong house.  We poked around one of the ranger residences.  I'm so glad he wasn't home.  We all had a good laugh about it and then I got to tour my actual new residence.  I am really looking forward to living there.  It is a nice house, the interior walls have a really nice color scheme and there are both hardwood floors and carpeting.  Our current residence has all white walls and a linoleum floor that seems to go on forever.  The house is surrounded by trees, but also near the office and shop area.  Its a nice mix of privacy and proximity.  I am thrilled that there is both a garage and a car port for two vehicles.  There is even a nice shed in the back yard.  The house is a 3 bedroom/2 bath, like I have now, but there is an extra room that can be an office as well.  The rooms are a little smaller than what we have now, but I think there is more space overall.  Without further ado, here are the photos.

The current resident was still moving out, so I didn't want to invade her privacy by taking photos of the interior.  Those photos will have to wait until next week.  After viewing the residence, we went into the main part of the park.  They were having a celebration, just for me.  There were so many people and even some musicians playing... well, maybe it was for me or maybe it was the 5th Annual Riverfest.  There were tents set up along some of the walkways with different groups educating the public.  I enjoyed seeing the taxidermy at one area of a Bobcat and a Fox Squirrel.  The first time that I ever saw a Fox Squirrel was at that very park during Ranger Academy.

There were children's activities and guided hikes, and even art on display.  All of the activities overlooked the beautiful spring.  It was nice to see the park busy and bustling.  What a change from quiet, flooded Troy Springs!  It will be so different, but I am looking forward to all of the new experiences that I will have.

We also visited the nearest disc golf course.  It was a bit of a shock to be in such an urban area again.  Its strange how fast country livin' can become the norm.  My fiance and I are both used to living in urban areas, but we have become accustomed to the rural life we have been living for the past 3 1/2 years.  Only in Florida can you drive south and get further north.  Northern Florida is very much like the deep south of the US, but as you go south, its gets more and more like the northern US.  It took some extensive bumper to bumper driving and a lot of turning around, but we finally found the park with the disc golf course.  This park was so big that we still had to do some driving to find the start of the course.  It turned out that the park had two 18-hole disc golf courses, a skateboarding park, tennis courts, basketball courts, a ball golf driving range, pavilions, play grounds... it just went on and on.  We played nine holes of one course and came dangerously close to a very yucky, water-filled moat.  It was a nice course though.  It will be nice to have one (seven, in fact) less than a 45 min drive away.


Heidi H said...

It looks great! Is that a fenced yard for Dozer?

linda said...

That looks wonderful Amy!

Linda said...

Beautiful, Amy! And so much green grass. Quite neat, complete with picnic patio and fire pit. The spring looks very large. How fun to have well-attended festivities - you'll do well with special events. Thanks for giving us a preview!

Ranger Amy said...

There isn't a fence for Dozer yet, but that will be one of the first things we do.

Lorena said...

That looks great, Amy! Congratulations! (And call your brother if you need a hand slinging boxes!)