Let me be the first to welcome you to to Binghamton, New York. I promise you it won't be as Hot as Columbia, South Carolina or St. Lucie, Florida were. It is truly an Honor to Have you Here.
Today, you may well be feeling like you want to Hightail it back to Florida.
However, I have to apologize for the snow of last Monday. And the snow flurries of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (opening day for our Rumble Ponies baseball team) and Friday. We are well aware it is spring, Historically speaking. But I think someone inserted an extra March calendar page into our local calendar this year. Again, Horribly sorry.
True, we skipped snow yesterday but Here we are again with snow on Sunday.
See those hills? They are so not Florida. You'll get used to them. And the snow. Eventually.
Oh wait, you say? You went to college in Florida? There are hills in Florida? Ha, you are right.
To my readers (and Tim Tebow): today, we venture into the High Hills of Florida (what I am calling them so I can fit them into "H" day), better known as the Lake Wales ridge.
The Lake Wales Ridge is a "relic seashore" from years and years ago, when sea level was higher than it is today. This part of Florida consisted of a chain of islands. Due to the isolation, plants and animals differed from those of their near neighbors.. It runs for some 100 miles in Central Florida, and I would like to explore it more one day.
Much of what remains is endangered. Bok Tower Gardens (see my "B" post) is built on the highest part of this ridge. What you see in the picture below is near the highest point in Florida - 324 feet (98.75 meters) above sea level
Hey, it isn't like it's snowing there or anything. Come to think about it, can I return to Florida until spring finally comes up here to upstate New York?
Since today is also the day I join with the "4Mers" over at Music Moves Me, I want to share a song that the High Hills of Florida remind me of.
Two versions of the song Higher Ground, by Stevie Wonder (1973). First, a live performance from 1974.
And second, the cover by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
And, in honor of Tim Tebow - Centerfield by John Fogerty.
All kidding aside, the people in Binghamton are really excited about having Tim Tebow here. I hope to get to see him, if it ever turns warm.
Day nine of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost. "H" day on #AtoZChallenge - my theme, "Florida Outside the Theme Parks". And, a musical Monday on #MusicMovesMe.
What is #MusicMovesMe, and who are the 4Mers who participate?
The Head 4M'er is XmasDolly. Her co-4Mers are: Callie of JAmerican Spice, (who has been taking a break for health reasons) and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥ And last but certainly not least, Cathy from Curious as a Cathy.