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Here’s a little tour of our new mini-studio in the bedroom. It’s convenient and streamlined – great for quick recordings. Thanks to Ryan for the loan of the M-Audio digital interface!

We get by with a little help from our friends …

Kiki

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These are the photos Randy Batista took out on Kanapaha prairie yesterday.  One or two of these will be used for printing – for newspaper articles and promotional photos.

We would love your opinion.  If you have the time, please let us know which one you think we should use. We will publish the results at the end of the week.

We had such a blast working with Randy.  He’s sweet, funny and has a big heart.   Randy has a gallery in downtown Gainesville and you can check out his photos online at http://randybatistaphotography.com

We just uploaded a new song for your listening pleasure. This Light Becomes You was recorded in Rob Rothschild’s studio in Gainesville last week. Cathy DeWitt  graced our song with her smooth harmony vocals. Rob is a wonderful guy to work with…so supportive, great ears and big heart. Rob gave Kiki Grand Marnier to sip while she was recording.  Kiki thinks all recording studios should do that.

We love hearing what you think.  Should This Light Becomes You be on the new CD??

Here’s a link to the tunepak  http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/1303135  If you click on this link, a player should open and “this Light becomes you ” should play first.  If you look at the top of the player, near the photo of dancing Light, you’ll see a  LYRICS link.  Click LYRICS to see the words to any song you’re listening to.  There are 21 songs loaded on the player.  This Light Becomes You is not yet available on iTunes, but you can listen to our songs for free on the RN player any time you’d like.

By the way…hands down winner on the photo contest (see previous blog “Peg’s photos“) was #7 the “glam” shot. In second place was #14. Third was a three-way tie between #9 # 10 and #13.  Thanks for your e-mails, calls and comments!

We’re doing a photo session with Randy Batista out on the prairie on Thursday night.  More about that soon!

 If you would like to join our producers team and help support the recording and production of our new CD, you can make a contribution by clicking here. http://dancinglight.us/newcd.html

 

PHOTO WINNERS

 

 

 

Back in the day the Devil’s Millhopper was a big sink outside of Hogtown (Gainesville.)  The sink is so deep the climate mimics that of Appalachia when you get to the bottom.  During the summer rains little rivulets  find their way into the depths of the sink, creating waterfalls along the way.  There were no stairs in those days and as kids we would scamper down the sides of the sink, holding on to tree roots and rocks when the way got steep.  On a hot summer day we’d get covered in sticky sweat as we made our way to the bottom.  A stop at a favorite waterfall halfway down would refresh and renew us.

 

A day at the Millhopper was rivaled only by a float down the Ichetucknee.

 

These photos were taken in late February.  If you go to the Devil’s Millhopper, try to see it in the summer when it’s lush and green.  Since I was a young girl they’ve turned it into a state park and built stairs to help you down to the bottom. 210 steps to the bottom have attracted many an exercise enthusiast.

 

How the Devil's Millhopper got its name

How the Devil's Millhopper got its name

 

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Greg at the Devil's Millhopper visitor center

 

 

 

 

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Here we go...

Here we go...

 

descending into the Millhopper

descending into the Millhopper

 

more stairs

more stairs

 

 

I wasn't kidding!

I wasn't kidding!

Basht makes it to the bottom (the red dot at the end there)

Basht makes it to the bottom (the red dot at the end there)

The bottom of the sink is often much wetter than this

The bottom of the sink is often much wetter than this

 

I remember folks exploring a cave down here at the bottom. It appears to be filled in now.

 

Basht headed back up

Basht headed back up

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Geocaching is a fun little hobby we picked up about five years ago.  There are around 3/4  million caches around the world for treasure hunters everywhere.  A cache can be a physical container with “treasures” inside, or it can be a virtual cache, intended to take you to an interesting location.  You use a GPS to find the cache. You can take whatever item you like from the cache. Usually when you take something from a cache, you leave something in trade. We carry a bag full of trinkets with us. Small toys, puzzles and games delight children who come to the cache. Sometimes we put in an autographed CD. When you find a cache, there is a log book inside for you to log your “find.”  You also write down whatever you’ve taken and whatever you leave.

 

Each cache’s location is marked with GPS coordinates and logged in at the geocaching website at geocaching.com.  To search for caches in your area, or in an area that you’re visiting, you create a user name and password at geocaching.com (it’s free) and then enter the zip code of the area you’re interested in.  They’ll provide you with a list of caches in that area. To find a cache you plug in the GPS coordinates for the cache you’ve chosen. Drive to the nearest parking area and off you go, usually on foot,  following your GPS unit. When we get within 10 or 20 feet of the cache we start thinking about the area as if we were hiding a cache ourselves.  “If we were hiding a cache here…where would we hide it?” Often there are obvious places and if we get really stuck, there are sometimes clues in the cache’s online listing that will help us find it. 

We joined geocaching.com in May of 2004 as the “Triforce Team” and started seeking caches.  We also created a cache using an old army ammo box that we picked up from a surplus store.  We chose a picturesque location on Stony Point near our home in northern Minnesota. Click to go to our Stony End Cache listing.

We love geocaching because the sport often takes us to new and beautiful places we would never see otherwise. We’ve explored new forests, climbed sand dunes, checked out interesting urban areas and gotten some exercise in the process.  Sometimes caches are close to the parking area and sometimes they’re several miles away. It’s always a nice break from a road trip to jump out of the car and start exploring.

 

Mom and Gordon also like to geocache, so we set out together to find two caches here in Gainesville on the afternoon of Feb 24th. These caches were both “micro”caches, so there was no room to leave anything.  Greg, Basht and I took up geocaching about the same time as Mom and Gordon.  We live in northern Minnesota and they live in Florida.  This was the first time we were able to go together.

 

Gordon and Greg discuss the first geocache

Gordon and Greg discuss the first geocache

 

Kiki gets distracted by a young magnolia tree

Kiki gets distracted by a young magnolia tree

 

Can't decide which magnolia photo to post. Which appeals to you more?

Can't decide which magnolia photo to post. Posting both.

Greg, Priscilla (Kiki's Mom) and Gordon are close to the hiding place of the first cache

Greg, Priscilla (Kiki's Mom) and Gordon are close to the hiding place of the first cache

 

Greg is the finder of the first cache. Gordon and Greg examine the contents of this microcache.

Greg is the finder of the first cache. Gordon and Greg examine the contents of this microcache.

 

Priscilla and Greg at the site of the second cache

Priscilla and Greg at the site of the second cache

 

Kiki gets distracted by a retention pond

Kiki gets distracted by a retention pond

 

Greg finds the second cache as well.

Greg finds the second cache as well.

Ring Park is a magical little park tucked away between the Forest Ridge subdivision and the Elks lodge. Greg and I went there with my sister Priscilla on Feb 23rd.  

 

Branches were birthing electric green shoots. This stretch of Hogtown creek is much like the backyard of my childhood.  I spent many a lazy summer afternoon splashing in the creek, looking for shark’s teeth, watching for snakes and shimmying out to the end of an oak branch.

 

as children we'd often walk for miles through the woods by following the creek

as children we'd often walk for miles through the woods by following the creek

 

Kiki in her native habitat :)

Kiki in her native habitat 🙂

 

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playmates

 

Cilla and Greg on the bank of Hogtown Creek

Cilla and Greg on the bank of Hogtown Creek

 

Greg made it all the way across this log, Cilla and Kiki chickened out (both with excellent excuses btw)

Greg made it all the way across this log, Cilla and Kiki chickened out (both with excellent excuses btw)

 

Priscilla enjoying the afternoon

Priscilla enjoying the afternoon

 

Hogtown Creek

Hogtown Creek

 

When Greg and I were first dating we started on opposite ends of this trail one night

When Greg and Kiki were first dating they started on opposite ends of this trail one night

 

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We decided to start at opposite ends of the park after dark one night.  It was a new moon and very hard to see. Almost no light.  No one else was in the park. We planned to meet up at a bridge that was about halfway between the north and south end of the path.  Kiki started on the 16th Avenue end of the park and I started just off Glen Springs road near the elks lodge.

 

Kiki arrived first.  I arrived shortly after.  We sat on the bridge together in the dark, listening to the night sounds. We talked about the growing connection between us.  Ring Park became one of the special places in nature that we share together. We had a rehearsal picnic at Ring park the day before we were married.