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We started & ended our early April spring break adventure in true Mofro style. On our way to, wait for it, Disney, we had to soak up some real Florida! Real Florida to me is defined as JJ Grey. Needless to say, we made an outta the way pitstop at Lochloosa Harbor. Although we didn't get to spend as much time here as we wished, it was still magical to stand on the banks of Lochloosa Lake and hear JJ in our minds. It really was truly an unforgettable experience to behold the lake behind the song. The guy who owned the store knew JJ & we talked to him for a bit. It was very sad to see how low the lake was, and just how true the lyrics are. Even in the midst of sadness, there was hope in the fishermen's tales & the beauty of the place. As our bellies growled, we knew we had to make The Yearling restaurant our next stop. This place is not to be missed if you're ever in the area. The food was outstanding to say the least. Between my husband, son, & myself, we had quail, alligator, frog legs, and grouper. If you don't know The Yearling, it is my understanding that this is one of JJ's favorite restaurants, and after eating there, we completely understand why. As soon as we walked in the door, our ears were equally treated as our bellies were. To our surprise and delight, Willie Green was playing a one man acoustic show. WOW! What a gem! My son had his picture made with him and we were just amazed at his raw talent. What better way to spend a pitstop for lunch. The waitresses knew JJ, too, and we spent some time discussing our love of the boys. There was a framed Lochloosa CD release poster on the wall. The waitress told us they did have an autographed copy, but the owner actually caught someone trying to steal the poster right off the wall!! He then removed the poster and took it home and replaced it with the one that's there now. The Yearling is named after the book written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who also wrote a book called Cross Creek, which is where The Yearling is located, and adjacent to Lochloosa. This place is steeped with a rich history, and an unmistakable vibe of JJ. I could have stayed here forever. She also wrote a book that the movie Gal Youngin was based on. They had original movie posters in the The Yearling for sale that came straight outta Ms. Rawlings attic. Of course, I bought one, and would LOVE to get JJ to sign it. Much to our dismay, we had to leave. Disney awaited us...sigh. After 4 days of amusement park torture, we decided we'd had enough of Florida's commercialism, and cut our Orlando itinerary short, and headed to Daytona Beach, then St. Augustine. To end our vacation, we had to stop by Everybody's restaurant near Whitehouse, FL. We ate there last year on our trec from Panama City to Savannah, and knew we had to make another pitstop here. This is the absolute best home cooked food you can get anywhere besides your granny's house. We sat at the same table and had the same waitress. 

I hope I haven't bored you all to tears. I just had to share our journey to the places that our boys sing so fondly of. Florida, we knew you were out there hiding from us, you were just a little hard to find (edited lyrics from Florida)!!! 


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I forgot to add that we named our new male puppy Buckshot. I know some of you must know the significance of that name!!
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Awesome!!! you will have to post a pic of Buckshot!!


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Thanks for sharing. Great story
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Yes, thank you for sharing this with us 3nail. I didn't find it boring it all. For anyone who's never been to The Yearling take 3nails advice and go!

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