Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wild Florida

The middle of nowhere has been discovered, over 4,000 acres and 1,000 gators without a house or road in sight!

Last Saturday the Florida Orlando Senior Missionary District decided to explore a bold new world, where many missionaries have gone before-Wild Florida!
To save time I will forgo the commentary-enough with the shouts of joy already- and let you scroll through the pictures at your leisure. (But beware, Janie, some of the pictures are creepy)

For those of you who are wondering, no, only Senior Missionaries can go on the air boats 
and only with prior approval.

Our district in all their glory.  From front to back and left to right, Elder and Sister Gordon, Sister and Elder Nielson, Sister Moline, Sister Danes, Sister Vaden, me, Elder Moline, Sister Bevans, our Captian Skip and Elder Bevans.  Elder Busath is taking the picture.

If you look closely you will see that there are actually four more people in the first row of our air boat. Unfortunately during the course of our tour one of the women had a medical emergency requiring us to return to shore post haste.  As expected once it was discovered that the woman was in distress Elder Busath and Sister Nielson sprang into action taking charge of the situation and making sure the patient and her companion were comfortable.  When we docked we were met by the St. Cloud Fire Department who quickly transported the woman to the local emergency room for treatment.

We are tempted to include these photographs of the firemen acting as back up spotters to support and re-emphasize the importance of the spotter job to our missionaries.  Sometimes they feel like it is just an inconvenience we are asking of them.


Our district with the remaining two occupants of the air boat tour. Even in times of trouble each member of our District rallied around offering words of comfort, support and going the extra mile.  As a result we made two new friends. I am so proud to call them friends.

"Civility carries with it the essence of courtesy, politeness, and consideration of others.  All of the education and accomplishments in the world will not count for much unless they are accompanied by marks of gentility, of respect for others, of going the extra mile."
Standing for Something-Gordon B. Hinckley

Our warm welcome to the rest of the exhibits...

A Watsui from Africa. Their horns can grow up to 8 feet long from tip to tip and have blood vessels in them to help keep them cool.

Peek a boo I see you...hiding in the Hawk Swamp.

Did you know that alligators usually have 80 teeth. When they are lost or broken they can grow more teeth and are said to go through 2, 000 teeth in a life time.

This is a Zonkey. It's what happens when a donkey and a zebra fall in love ;0

 Billy goat gruff...

On your mark, get set, where is that hare?

Come on in the water's fine :)

 Eye see you :)

Did you know that a group of alligators is called a congregation?

Life is good and we have so much to be grateful for!

Let me close by quoting Robert Browning;

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made;
Our times are in His hand
Who saith, "A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God;
See all, nor be afraid."

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