Our girl took us on her first exploration/expedition today for the bronze certificate. We explored downtown Brooksville, FL. It’s only twenty minutes from our house and also seat for the county courthouse. We’ve never even driven through downtown so it was totally unchartered territory. From the minute we pulled out of our driveway, at exactly the time she requested, she was in charge of directions. In no time, she took us to public parking which was directly across the street from an incredible bistro where we had breakfast. The bistro owner was a delight and shared tons of great historical facts about the building, courthouse and entire downtown.
From there, we explored one of the largest historic homes (which is reportedly haunted), went on a walking/driving tour of historic homes (I bet we took pics of about 30 homes), and toured the county’s one room school house. Our youngest rang the school bell and the girls put on little bonnets and had a blast with tons of hands on stuff in the school house. We also chatted with several shop owners. My favorite was the local winemaker! She actually showed us her winemaker room and explained the process to us. It was so fun! And I’m enjoying a sweet peach wine now! Each owner had something unique to add to our day of local history and folklore.
The courthouse wasn’t open, but we explored the grounds, plaques and statues. We also enjoyed a late lunch at the same bistro. We had no choice, because all of the other eateries closed at 3pm! Luckily, the bistro owner remembered us and served us while they were hosting a private party! This was one lesson our 13 ½ year old learned….find out when places close. She knew when everything opened but didn’t check to see when places closed. Good lesson.
She also did not request enough money in her budget. She underestimated the cost for food (including tips) and little souvenirs; she wanted a book on county history and an agate stone from this great little Indian shop! I’m glad she decided to start out at the certificate level. She definitely needs to improve her organizational skills, but this was an incredible start and took her out of her comfort zone.
She packed a cooler with waters/snacks, plus added sun screen and bug spray….walked around with a map and took tons of pics. She’s going to write up a report on the day for her advisor and include some historical facts, as well as details about the local architecture. I’m just hopeful that this is enough to qualify and serves as a solid start to her exploration/expedition adventures.
Overall, we all had an absolute blast and can’t wait for her next trip! It was such a great family day as well. I’m really proud of her.