"The Castle in the Lake" from Tibet is a tale about a poor herdsman
who undertakes a quest to change his fortunes. Like many other
stories from many other cultures, he does so by submerging himself
into a body of water. And the story also includes an animal
transformation motif and a concealed identity motif, rather similar
to "Lohengrin" and "East of the Sun and West of the Moon".
We bring it to you from Everglades National Park in Florida, where
we took a bicycle tour to snuggle up to those notorious Florida
gators in their natural habitat. How many do you suppose we counted
on a 15-mile trek on our Treks?
We also spent some time in Homestead, where we caught a Mardi Gras
parade in the city's old town section, a parade that included an
outstanding (or outmarching) band and some wild animals --
including an alligator!
And what would a homestead be without an outhouse? Hopefully the
outhouses they had in homesteading days stayed stationary, unlike
the ones we saw, which were on wheels and used in races. It was the
14th annual chili cook-off and outhouse race (is there a connection
there?), and it was quite a memorable event that included some
artistically designed and decorated outhouses.
And then there was a truly unique homestead in Homestead, the
. It was
constructed by Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin from about
1920-1940, though he continued to modify it until his death in
1951. Though Ed was physically very small, he built this imposing
complex by himself from granite blocks weighing several tons.
Nobody knows exactly how -- one might call it (and many have) the
Florida Stonehenge. He certainly was a brilliant technician, and
also very good at fashioning tools from scrap metal. you'd be
amazed how comfortable it can be to sit on a chair made of
Dennis (Herdsman), Kimberly (Narrator & Woman) and Zephyr
(Servant, King, Chief's Son)