November 15, 2020
Temperature 90 Degrees, Humidity 75%
Fort King Archaeological Center
What a funny day in terms of the weather. It started out cool enough but the temperature quickly climbed into the low 90’s. Then about mid afternoon it began to get real dark and soon enough the rain was coming down as hard as ever. That’s when the temperature in the space of thirty minutes went from the 90’s down to the mid 70’s which is where it stayed for the rest of the day. The rain was intense for those same thirty minutes and then it was gone. Right now, it is cool and comfortable with no hint of rain in the forecast. Welcome to Florida.
We began our Sunday as we usually do, with morning worship at our home church in Colts Neck, New Jersey.
Pastor Debi was in charge of the service today.
This was our opening song.
Special music was offered by the adult bell choir.
Her text for the morning was from Philippians 4
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things
She spoke about the Apostle Paul and how even though his life was difficult and he was currently imprisioned for his faith still he maintained a sense of inner peace and joy.
She then spoke about how for us today life is in many ways difficult and hard with no apparent light at the end of the tunnel.
But she stressed that like Paul we can also know inner peace and joy. The secret is like Paul to be in constant conversation with God (which is what prayer really is); and, to think not on the things around us that distrub us but instead to focus on the many blessings we enjoy, that is to focus on whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
A great message for the start of a new week where so much is still so unsettled and disturbing.
OK, one more trip back to Fort King and then we are done.
At Fort King there is no diggin for the sake of diggin. With each project the artifacts uncovered adds to the knowledge and understanding of what happened at Fort King.
A time line of the projects already completed at Fort King.
As a result of the various projects Fort King became a National Historic Landmark in 2004.
Other exhibits from the center.
So ends our trip to Fort King. I’m so glad we took the time to go. I learned so much about the history of Florida. Lessons learned that I will never forget.
Another day on The Road of Retirement has come to an end. I confess I really didn’t do a whole lot of anything today other than kick back and enjoy a few football games. That’s OK with me, though, I’ve got plenty of time ahead of me for whatever I can find to do. Enjoy the week ahead and make the most of each day that God gives you.
Thanks for traveling the history trail with me again. We always appreciate your company as well as your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.
These are the voyages of Elvira and her two intrepid travelers. Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.
See you on down the road!