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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Monday, July 16, 2007  

Sunrise and views from our deck of the Gulf of Mexico
Florida Vacation

This is where Cedar Key is located. I'd never heard of it either until my cousin went there and enjoyed it so much. It's not the place to go if you like a lot of activity and want to go places at night. It's a very small town where you can relax and enjoy getting away from everything. It's quiet and peaceful there. It's about 50 miles or so from Gainesville. Manatee Springs State Park is north of Cedar Key and not that far from Gainesville on Hwy 19. It's beautiful there.

Here are some photos of where we stayed at the Old Fenimore Mill Condos and of Manatee Springs State Park.

Living Room and my room at night on the sofa bed

Tina in the kitchen and Rachel on deck from living room

Rachel's nautical room and Tina's palm tree room

Rachel and Tina relaxing on the deck

Low tide in the Gulf and my view from on the road

Manatee Springs State Park and leading to the Suwannee River

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