Letter From The Publisher
It’s summertime! The Florida sun is brighter and the Heartland is already in the 90’s, the days are longer, the kids are out of school and ready for some summertime fun. It can be time for growth, recharging and just plain enjoying life. Maybe time to try something new this summer?
We had a great idea to get some families and kids together for a fun photo shoot in the Heartland at Highlands Hammock State Park. Even though it was a photo shoot for the magazine, I don’t think the kids realized that. They had an amazing time running around playing red light, green light with Dad Calvin, riding bikes, nature trails learning from Ranger Laura McMullen and ice cream at the Hammock Inn Concession, served by Russ Sharp. Then, back to our campground to build a fire, cook hot dogs, corn on the cob and roast marshmallows over the fire, making S’mores. Thank you Carla Sherman, Park Services Specialist for hosting us and writing the story. A huge thank you to Charissa Greubel for the amazing photos and the cutest cover of kids having fun. Perfect for our Summer Issue!
Editor of Heartland LIVING Jessica Pleger interviewed Dr. Bob Hartman, owner of Classic Caladiums from Avon Park. She captured so much knowledge from Bob in the interview about the plants and how he has cloned different species of plants to get the “restored classic”. Very interesting story for Central Florida’s Caladiums. A must read!
Hometown Okeechobee student John Immerfall and his Mom Steffanie were so gracious to share his life challenges with his disease Alopecia. You will read in John’s story the initial struggle Steffanie had with this disease but she was not giving up on John having a normal life like he should. With the help of the Okeechobee Community, John has set out to bring awareness of exactly what Alopecia is, with one lemonade stand at a time.
What does adventure mean? I turned to my trusty friend “Google” and it gave me this definition. “Engaging in an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.” I have to say this is exactly the definition of where my adventure took me and so much more. I have learned, with my trip you will read about in this issue, to experience adventure you have to go out of your comfort zone and open yourself up to the experiences and beauty that life gives you, no matter what path you choose to go on. Whether your adventure is in your own backyard, a day trip to the beach, a long weekend with family and friends or traveling the world to experience a different culture, make the time! I hope you enjoy reading my “Trip of a Lifetime” that I took with my beautiful friends which let me step out of my comfort zone.
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” -Bill Bryson