One of our adventures in this episode was checking out the Myakka State Park.
Pronounced " My - ak - a
We were told this would be a good place to see alligators. This is usually the
case and we did see a few but not a lot. We also walked the "Canopy Trail".
A few pictures of our exploring.
|The 76.1 foot tower that you can climb up|
|Hello Down There ---We're going up the tower|
|On the Canopy Trail back to the tower.|
|At the top of the tower you walked across this somewhat of a|
suspension bridge. It did sway somewhat & only 4 people
at a time are suppose to be on the bridge.
Definitely not as bad as a real suspension bridge.
Sarasota was home to John & Mabel Ringling. They
Started the Barnum & Bailey Ringling Bros circus.
They had no children, so when they died they willed
their estate to the city of Sarasota. Relatives contested
the will but Sarasota was awarded the property that
is VERY PRIME PROPERTY right on the waterfront.
Although Sarasota was awarded the property, they had
no money to maintain it so it sat for 50 years
deteriorating. The city then gave the property to
Florida State University. It took them several years
but they have made it as original as possible including
flooring and every piece of furniture is original. They
even went to companies and had upholstery made like
original. Mabel had photos taken of everything so
that's how they were able to make it like original.
This is Mansion water side
The buildings in the far background are
This is the front of the Mansion
You start the tour of the Mansion at the far
doors in the other room.
The chandelier in this room came from the
Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Mabel
bought it when the Hotel was being tore down
to build the Empire State Building. Mabel
was a world traveler and made many trips to
Italy. She loved the Venetian style architecture,
so that is the style they built. They only used
this house for the winters. She only lived in
it for 3 winters, then fell ill and died.
an upstairs that you can tour too.
This is the entrance to the circus museum
Inside the museum there is a circus display that
one man built from scratch. Every little detail
was made by hand. It took him a year to do and
these few pictures do not do the display justice.
I really can't believe for all he did it only took a
If you are in Sarasota this would be a stop to put
on your to do list.
Muriel right inside the front entrance
This past Thursday we went to Plant City to meet
with some couples that we had been in a motorhome
club with. We ate lunch at Outback, THEN we
went to Parksdale Market. They have a
variety of produce, but the main draw is the fresh
strawberries. They have quite a gold mine selling
the strawberry shortcake. You can have it anyway
you like. Just strawberries, strawberries & shortcake,
strawberries with ice cream & whipped cream. So
we went for broke! (now be nice, I only had
a salad for lunch.)
Now don't get excited, they said there were no calories!
Speaking of believing, I believed we were coming to
Florida to have fun in the SUN & sun to me means warm.
Check out the photo below !
Yep that's the fireplace he's sitting in front of.
It has been chilly in the mornings, windy
during the day & cool again in the evening.
And running the furnace overnight!
What's up with this!!
We celebrated Valentines early by going out tonight
EARLY to beat the rush. Found a really good
restaurant about 2 miles from us. Looked interesting
so we went down to try it out. Even got a window
seat by the water since we were EARLY.
We both had Grouper just in different forms
I usually get fried but I tried it blackened.
We do have to do some work while we are here.
Living in the motorhome it gets dirty just like
the house at home, so last weekend was cleaning
Took up the carpets, pushed in the couch and
used the steam mop we got at the camper
show. Didn't think the floor could be THAT
dirty, but at least I know it's clean now.
While I mopped Kent drew dusting duty.
One thing about it, it took time to clean but
not near as long as home.
Leaving you with pleasant thoughts
Have a wonderful Valentines
Kent & Martha