Rainy Day Thoughts

I have been running around a lot for the last couple of weeks. I think I may be tired. Never ceases to amaze me that I fight slowing down so much that it can take a while before I realize, “I am tired,” and a lot longer before I will gracefully surrender to a day of rest.

Today will be that day. I will rest in the Nature Coast. I will just relax in the forest in which I live and enjoy the earth’s rhythm, joining in with creation.

dugout canoe
The prehistoric Indians who visited this area made canoes from large trees by burning out the centers to make a dugout canoe. Crystal River State Archaeological Park demonstrates the technique.

I enjoyed a wonderful FAM tour of Citrus county last Wednesday, learning about the ancient history of this area at the Crystal River Preserve State Park by enjoying one of their Heritage-Eco Boat Tours and then visiting the Crystal River Archaeological State Park to walk where 7,500 pre-columbian Indians were believed to gather annually (right here in the little ole Nature Coast) before Christ was born – and after.

old bowl
An intact Pasco Plain bowl (AD 100–1500) is on display at the Old Courthouse Historical Museum in Inverness. This piece was part of the Chassahowitzka Springs Discovered project.

We capped our history lesson by beholding amazing ancient treasures from a recent underwater excavation at Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge at the Old Courthouse Museum located in the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness.

I have been trying to process all the information I gathered to write an article/page on the Nature Coast’s area history – and now I am realizing what a huge undertaking that is (think book, not page)!

Whenever I get overwhelmed, it results in mental depression. Over the years I have learned to manage this with productivity – the joy of accomplishing something or learning a new skill or solving a problem will override the depression.

Now I am learning that rest can help too. Remembering the excitement of new things explored and new people met is a good way to spend a rainy day. I think I’ll send out some thank-you notes for the hospitality extended to me last week…

By the way, if you like maritime history and would like to learn to make your own boat (yes, I wrote “Make Your Own Boat,” contact the Friends of Crystal River State Parks. They do a lot of maritime education with passion to hand it to the next generations.