Florida is dry, hot, and flat. The ground is very sandy and dusty. I was kind of surprised at how dry, but I was in Northern Florida. I haven't seen the Everglades.
I was warned to watch my step; poisonous snakes are deadly, and those that don't kill you, can make one severely ill. I avoided the snakes (only saw one, and from a car), but I did manage to get attacked by fire ants. Those bastards sting. I haven't seen an alligator yet, but I hope to.
Most of my family in these parts are religious folk, going to church weekly and saying grace at every meal. So they invited me to attend service with them. I was happy to go. Manyatheists wouldn't consider such a thing out of some kind false sense of principal, but I'm talking about family.
Now, don't misunderstand, I'm not a closeted atheist. My family is well aware of my lack of belief. They respect me enough to not evangelize, and I treat them with the same respect. They invited me out of general courtesy, and I went out of general courtesy. Besides, I wanted to see my two year old cousin go Easter egg hunting.
The sermon was actually kind of interesting. It was about the resurrection, and how a couple of the apostles didn't believe that Jesus rose from the dead, and they wouldn't until they saw it for themselves. The pastor segued into how so many in our "post-modern society" need to see something first-hand before they can believe it. Some people lack faith. They need evidence. That part he got right.
So, he presented five proofs supporting the resurrection, which he got from some book. I don't remember which one; perhaps I should bring a pen next time I go to church so I can take notes. But, I've read similar crap before, as has many an atheist. Many an atheist has also heard the proofs debunked before, so I won't bother here.
Religious billboards pepper this damn state. Seems like every road has someone that wants me to know that Jesus Saves. I just have to accept him into my heart. Our something. Though, the first billboard I actually noticed was from the Tallahassee Atheists. It made me smile.
One of my cousins took me shooting. I haven't fired a pistol or rifle since junior high, maybe high school, so it was an interesting experience. Two things I learned: one, when firing a nine millimeter, make sure your thumb is well below the action. Otherwise, when it slides back, it will take out a chunk of your thumb. Two, I'm a lousy shot. But I did manage to hit a quarter at a hundred yards with a .17 caliber rifle. It took more than a few attempts.