Sunday, April 13, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ocala Bicycle Center
This is where we buy our bikes and accessories. It's owned and operated by a great family and it's a pleasure to do business with them. As you can see they offer a wide variety of bikes at various price ranges.
I liked the bike bottle rack (or wine rack?)!
Their website is here.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Silver Springs State Park
The old Silver Springs theme park, which was a favorite destination for thousands of people for many years, is no more. Families and children came here to ride the glass-bottom boats, and the river boats that cruised down through jungle-like territory where you could see monkeys, old Indian villages, a variety of exotic animals, a replica of an early fort, and much more. They came to take a jeep ride also through the jungle and to watch the huge bears loll about and to visit the petting zoo, the giraffe compound, the alligator pit and much more. They loved to ride the merry-go-round.
Many movies were made here, wholly or in part:
Legend in 1985
Moonraker in 1979
Never Say Never Again in 1983
Rebel Without A Cause in 1955
Thunderball in 1965
Tarzan the Ape Man 1932
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
I Spy (the 1965 TV Series)
Sea Hunt (1958 - Many episodes)
Cross Creek (1983)
Revenge of the Creature (1955)
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
The Yearling (1946)
Sam Whiskey (1969)
Distant Drums (1951)
The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)
Tarzan Finds a Son (1939)
Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)
99 and 44/100% Dead (1974)
The Frogmen (1951)
Moon Over Miami (1941)
The Barefoot Mailman (1951)
Down to the Sea (1936)
Counterspy (1958 TV movie)
And many more....
But Silver Springs fell on bad times and gradually became a mere shadow of it's glory days. Last fall, the State of Florida arranged to take it over and it is in process of being incorporated into the Silver River State Park which is adjacent. The only rides left are the glass-bottom boats. The entire area is going to become a "natural" park with camping and trails and swimming will be allowed once again. The main spring pours 550 million gallons of water per day into the Silver River which is a tributary of the Oklawaha River which feeds into the St. Johns.
The water is clear and remains a constant 72 degrees year round.
We spent a day wandering through the park just recently. It is still worth visiting!
You can read much more about the park here.
Posted by Lowell at 4:32 PM 23 comments:
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Alligator adventure at Silver Springs State Park
That's when I saw the alligator - all 8 feet of him, sprawled out, soaking up the sun. I was careful not to get too close as they can run about 35 miles per hour, but I did get to about 10 feet where I took a couple of photos. As you can see, I missed a portion of his snout as I was a bit nervous. He was a big one, though.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014
Bank of the Ozarks
It's an enigma. What is the Bank of the Ozarks doing in Ocala, Florida? The Ozarks are mountains located many miles west of Ocala mostly in the State of Arkansas. Life sure gets confusing sometimes!
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Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Birds of Central Florida
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Smile - You're on camera
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