Friday, April 10, 2009

Tallahasee, the Wilderness Way

Aimee and I are in Tallahassee to see if we want to live here. We've got to choose between here and Eugene, Oregon. We were hoping that Tallahassee would blow us away and make the decision easy, but we're still riding the fence. Almost everyone we meet loves it, so that's a good sign, and there are several other bright points, among them paddling. I stopped into the local paddling shop, The Wilderness Way (, where I spoke to Georgia and Jesse to ply them for information about paddling in the area. I found them both friendly and informative. It looks like there are plenty of spring-fed and blackwater rivers in the region, and the Gulf of Mexico is an easy day trip. The birding should be fantastic. We'll have to get used to paddling with gators, which they reassured me was rather easy. Jesse recommended a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean market-eatery called The International House of Food. After a walk around Lake Ella and an exploratory house-hunting expedition this afternoon we swung by to grab dinner and it was amazing. It's a humble hole in the wall, and the owner/operator Hussein was as friendly as we were advised he would be. I had yellow chicken curry with basmati rice, a salad of diced tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers marinated in oil & vinegar & herbs, and toasted pitas. The chicken just fell apart, the curry was delicious, and the portions were large, all for under $8. What a find!

Tomorrow we're doing more neighborhood exploration, and either a nature walk in the Apalachicola National Forest, a trip to Wakulla Springs, or the Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin' Festival. Choices, choices. Perhaps some combination can be achieved. It would be tough to be anywhere near the worm festival and not get a "unique festival t-shirt." Unique indeed. More to come.

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