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Meteors, Winter Planting, Bikes, Hikes, Flights and more!

A twisty maze of passages, this random walk is, so hang in there while we casually start the day with a few things to think of. Thanks to Swami Worldtraveler for pointing out the photo above. It's taken at a recent launch and found on an Air Force website, according to the credit. Crystal clear! This is our Space Coast, here in Florida, "The Swamp", as I affectionately refer to it all the time!

Last night I ventured outside in the below freezing weather we've had here. Click this link to see how citrus farmers sprat their crops with water that freezes to actually insulate the plants from the cold! I stood out near a golf course to make it easier to see the night sky because of light pollution where I live. I managed to see one meteor! Thrilling, and I will be out again tonight hoping to see more.

It's way to cold for me to ride the bike anywhere, but not according to Bill Hannahs, who lives in the Great Lakes area. He says to keep your clothes tight and you'll stay warm. Gotta try that. It's beautiful, blue, sun shiney and crisp, clear and 29F outside right now here in Gainesville at the start of the day.

What have you planted in your garden for the winter crop? Our community garden (McRorie) is thriving even though we've been instructed to remove the timers from our patches water hoses to save water. Nick Dorman told me yesterday that sweet peas are something he had sccess with growing even in the winter. He said he planted some and had growth only 10 days later. Sounds like a plan!

(photo from www.everytrail.com)

If you're into iPhones, Androids, Apps, and high tech stuff like me, you'll love EveryTrail, a program that tells you the closest trails based on either your zip code or GPS, if you have one in your phone. It allows you to track your hikes and take photos, then upload them to a socially enabled website to share with your friends. It's like a Facebook for hikers!

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So, check it out - I love it already! I think EveryTrail going to be a favorite website from now on.

I'm a visual person, so I put the books I'm reading in clear view this morning. Top of the heap is Lars Anderson's (he run's Adventure Outpost) book "Paynes Prairie: A History of the Great Savanna". I got my very own autographed copy from Lars on a hike he led of Payne's Prairie. Lars leads river tours and hikes all over Florida. I plan to do as many as possible in the future.

Our friends at 8th Avenue Bikes and Coffee are rocking and rolling! Musa, Ryan and Buzzy run the fabulous bike shop here in Gainesville. You'll often find me there practicing Lifestyle Entrepreneurship among 8ABC's vintage bikes, organic coffee and eclectic library of books ranging from titles on volunteer vacations (Guilty! That's from the Zoobird Library, on loan to 8ABC) to Buddhism and Yoga. The bulletin board is full of interesting local announcements and events. I sometimes bring my famous homemade cornbread, so keep an eye out.There may be some soon!

Trung suggested that we create a group called something like "Give Land Back to Indigenous People Zoo" I could shorten that! Her idea is self explanatory and it's novel, so keep an eye out.

So, listen up, my Zoobird friends: please post more blog posts about your organic lives, adventures, successes, trials and tribiulations. This website needs content to be interesting. So, I am asking each and every one of you to update your profile. Upload a profile photo! Even if it's of your dog and not ou, it's still an expression of who you are. There's new gardening tips, organic and ethnic recipes, travel stories and so much here. We want to keep it fresh. How? Well, you can join groups, participate in discussions, upload photos, videos, music, friend people, send me links for the reading lists you see all over the site and just let your imagination run wild.

Have a great day today and enjoy...focus! Your dreams wil come true today! It's all we have. This one day!

And, please let me hear from you!

/Mike

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