We were on the Auto Train, preparing to head back to Virginia.
We were just about ready to leave the Sanford, Florida station when the woman sitting in front of me struck up a conversation. It was her first trip on the Auto Train, and, since I had ridden it several times, she started to ask me some questions.
We were chatting as the train began to move. We were about five minutes out, maybe even less.
Suddenly she started to yell, "Did you see that? Did you see that?"
|Not what we saw on the Auto Train- Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, South Carolina August 2017|
"I saw giraffes! They were just there, walking alongside the tracks!"
I thought about it for a minute, wondering if she was hallucinating, but then remembered that there is a zoo near Sanford, Florida (The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens).
I've always loved zoos - I know not everyone does, for various reasons.
I was born in the Rockaways, in Queens, one of the boroughs of New York City, but grew up in the Bronx, another borough. An aunt used to take me, several times a year, to the Bronx Zoo. I loved being with her, and loved visiting the zoo. I had my favorite exhibits, she had hers, and we always had a good time.
Hearing my train friend's accent, I suspected my train mate was from New York City, too.
I asked my seat mate (one row ahead of me) where she lived. And she said "in Queens, in a development called Arverne by the Sea."
What were the chances?
My first home, as a baby, was located blocks from Arverne by the Sea. What were the odds, out of everyone who travels on the Auto Train, to find someone who lived in my birth neighborhood?
The zoo was far in the past by now. We were on our way back home.
|Lake Myra, Florida|
The rising sun tinted the eastern sky red as we passed through Richmond, Virginia the next morning.
Truly homeward bound, as visions of Bok Gardens, Lake Wales, January flowers, St. Petersburg, Madeira Beach, manatees, seabirds, gulf sunsets, Ybor City, and now giraffes, danced through my memory.
But I'm not done yet. After all, this is Monday and it's time for #MusicMovesMe, a Musical Train that leaves the station every Monday.
Who are the 4Mers who participate?
The Head 4M'er (Engineer) is XmasDolly. Her co-conductors are: Callie of JAmerican Spice, (who is on hiatus but is always welcome back once she is able to conduct once again) and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥ Also, Cathy from Curious as a Cathy. And, ahem...a special announcement - guess who is the newest conductor?
Yours truly - me! (Thank you, fellow conductors!) So...with thank you's out of the way....
Time for songs beginning with "Z".
Scorpions - The Zoo
OK, technically, this 1967 song by one of my all time favorites, Simon and Garfunkel, is called At the Zoo, but I am counting it as a "Z" song.
Zoot Suit Riot by the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. I have to admit, I am also partial to the satiric version by Weird Al Yankovic called Grapefruit Diet.
Zombie - a current song by Bad Wolves.
And now, once more, thank YOU, 4Mers, for voting me the latest conductor for Music Moves Me. will strive to carry out my conducting responsibilities.
On that note I end the April 2018 Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost, and the Blogging from #AtoZChallenge. On May 7 we are supposed to blog a retrospective post, but since that is a Monday, I will do it sooner.
Thank you for taking the train ride with me, and joining me on the trip through Florida - Outside the Theme Parks that was my A to Z theme.
Why not join me daily, and enjoy my other offerings?
Thank you for reading!