As I am sitting here, I am trying to figure out why I didn’t continue skating today. There was some talk of me helping my host Todd with a website for his building business…in the end that never happened, and I ended up being spoiled with far too much food and great times blasting around in the woods on a 4×4.
The day began with breakfast at Navarre Bakery. They make the most delicious King Cakes on the planet (granted, I’ve only tasted one other).
The cakes are about 10% bread and 90% filling (cream cheese and strawberry jam). Such good badness, such bad goodness. The individually wrapped fillings are twisted together and shaped into a big donut shape. Topped with delicious frosting and coloured sugar, the resulting product is amazingly decedent.
After breakfast Todd and I did some sightseeing around the town, including Tin Lizzy’s Landing, a famous restaurant and bar that featured in a Hollywood movie, Roadhouse II. In the film, the bar was called the Black Pelican.
The whole Springfield area is surrounded in swamps. Despite their dirty image, the swamps are wonderfully peaceful and beautiful.
That was of course until we got the 4×4 out and blatted around the forest on narrow trails, checking on motion triggered cameras that Todd has set up.
Todd and his brother are very into their hunting. They have permission from a local land owner to hunt on a large tract of land, and do so at every opportunity. The cameras are set up pointing towards a pile of corn dumped on the ground to keep the deer in the vicinity. Lulling the deer into their sights, so to speak.
The land is accessible only by foot or 4×4. At times we were driving through thigh-deep water through the swamps.
Evening saw a family gathering at Charlies’s restaurant, where everything is in gigantic portions. Even the onion rings were colossal. So big they needed their own plate!
Today was an altogether unexpected day off. Great fun, and I hope I can come and visit again!