Sunday, July 23, 2017

Things I Learned in Florida

Last week, I spent seven days in the Ocala National Forest in Florida, helping at a summer camp as part of a missions trip with my church. It was my first time going to Florida, and while I didn't go to a beach or Disney World, what I did experience was amazing. I would definitely go again, so here are a few things I learned (and should remember) about the Ocala National Forest and Florida.

The team that went. 
  • There is no dirt. The dirt is sand.
  • It's either hot or hot and humid. Nothing else.
  • Gators croak and dig deeper in the water if you throw rocks at them.
  • Kids are kids no matter where they are from or what kind of life they live.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Florida has deer and squirrels.
  • Florida also has snakes, lizards, toads, and bugs everywhere, so watch out.
  • There are also bears.
  • Don't think about what's in the lake water.
  • Palm trees can be short and tall.
  • The lizards are fast.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Cockroaches like to hang out in bathrooms.
  • Mosquitoes are bigger and darker, which makes it easier to squash them.
  • Don't touch the mossy vegetation hanging from the trees because there are probably ticks.
  • Hot dogs are God's favorite food because they are made from a little of every creature He created.
  • Don't lose your team flag.
  • Be flexible.
  • Wear sunscreen and bug spray or you'll regret it.
  • It thunderstorms every day.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Bring extra clothes, especially underwear. 
  • If you have to use the bathroom, you aren't sweating enough.
  • Don't slide, you might get a splinter.
  • It takes longer than an hour for 40+ girls to shower, even if they are short showers.
  • Everybody is somebody. There aren't any nobodies.
  • Dirt is good. But we aren't not dirt. We are gifts from God.
  • Follow the instructions.
  • No PDA (pronounced: Puh-dAH)
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Bring your water bottle everywhere.
  • Andrew. Amber. Michael. Matthew. Come here. Sit down. Get back here. Listen. Get off me. Don't hit.
  • You can bribe kids with single digit dollars into doing almost anything.
  • If you don't like what's for dinner, eat it with a smile anyways.
  • Water is your favorite drink and whatever is being served is your favorite meal.
  • Say Amen.
  • The Forest is loud. It is also quiet.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Girls talk a lot.
  • If you sneak out, you will regret it.
  • If you are wet, wait about ten minutes and you'll be dry.
  • Most bugs in Florida want to bite you.
  • If a big white van pulls up, get in.
  • The sky is blue, even when it's thundering.
  • The sky is also huge.
  • The Forest in Florida is basically a jungle and a forest smashed together. Meaning you can get attacked by a bear and trip over vines and jungle-y ferns at the same time.
  • Bugs literally drop from the ceiling. So do children.
  • There are gigantic red ant things and gigantic red wasp things. Both sting. 
  • Pool sticks are for playing pool. Not hitting.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • The best way to arm wrestle is to scream.
  • If your feet can't touch the bottom of the lake, find someone who is taller than you.
  • If you hear Pastor Dave's voice, stop talking and listen.
  • Breakfast is at nine. If you're late, your breakfast is cereal.
  • Drive 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. 
  • Make sure your navigator knows he or she is the navigator.
  • If you feel something land on your legs, smack it.
  • 3AM doesn't exist.
  • Drink lots of water.
Dinner after the camp week was over! Do we look tired?

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh. XD I have a lot of family and friends in Florida so I've been there countless times. This sums up so much about Florida, especially bugs and gators and heat. XD Also when reptilian pets escape from homes in Florida, they don't die they just get bigger. XD It's a very special state.