A few years ago I read a great book written by William Henry Hudson titled Green Mansions. The 1904 masterpiece follows a rich Spanish man as he flees after a revolution and disappears into the jungle to find a mystical world. Surrounded by the mysterious palm frond and pine forest one gets the feeling they are living in the midst of the very same setting as the book.
Backed up against a swamp with waters black from decayed foliage and bordered large by large palms, we were lulled to sleep by frogs and a gentle breeze through the trees. Night two however was a completely different story. We had known that a storm front was on the way and one quick look at the forecast and the radar and we knew we where in for a rough night. Battening down the hatches the night before, we settled down like Noah before the flood.
After a night of constant rain and sorting out wet sleeping bags and soaked clothing, we were glad we could have a day free of rain. In order to get out of the girls way and give them a few hours to relax, my brother-inlaw and I decided to take the kids on a nature hike.