Tagged With "Florida"

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Re: Great Blue Heron, Florida Everglades

Former Member ·
Such a good looking bird !
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
This one was a little creepy. He kept following us as we walked along a trail (probably deciding if we were worth the energy of eating)
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
And Little Red Riding Hood said, "My Granny! What sharp teeth you have!"
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

Former Member ·
It is funny that we tend to think of all animals as "he". Could be a lady gator. You were wise to give him or her your respect and distance. Most wild animals have no interest in two legs, The natural instinct is to hide or run. The exception is when they have been given treats in the past. He or she was probably trolling for tossed treats, not you. If you were the gator, would you rather nibble on salty you or a nice deli sandwich ?
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
To determine the sex of an alligator, you need to flip it on its back and inspect the private regions. Alligators don't like that very much. So I'll just call him 'he". No sexism implied or intended.
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

Former Member ·
That's okay. I will just toss him or her a sandwich and we can part friends. Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: To determine the sex of an alligator, you need to flip it on its back and inspect the private regions.
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

Former Member ·
Maybe alligators liked to have their bellies rubbed. Give it a try ! Kidding ! Kidding ! Kids and grown ups, don't try this !
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Re: Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by CICAK: Maybe alligators liked to have their bellies rubbed. Give it a try ! After you -- please!
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Re: Giant Saturn V Rocket, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

vivie ·
Wow! Impressive!! looks like a great place to visit.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
Great pics of great cars. I will put the Tampa Bay Museum on my list of things to see. Additionally, The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky is awesome, as well. It includes a 50's diner cafe featuring period stuff for lunch. Less than a mile away is the Corvette assembly plant, which offers tours. This is the only place in the whole wide world where Corvettes are assembled. Both are definitely worth a visit. The National Packard Museum is located In Warren, Oh and is small, but...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

DrFumblefinger ·
All good information to know, rbciao! I think cars and travel mix quite nicely and nothing better than having a reason to go somewhere. I do recommend the Tampa Bay Automobile collection, but it is mostly focused on cars of the 1930s and 1940s and is not just American, but global in its scope. The last piece in this series will feature the French car collection, likely the museum's best. The owner of the museum and car collection is originally from France.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

Hank ·
I love these old cars! Would love to drive that Jensen or Jag!
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
We saw this three wheeled vehicle in Paris last summer on our way back from the Eiffel Tower. Can anyone identify this car?
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

DrFumblefinger ·
Great photo, rbciao! I like the sense of motion it conveys. Do you think it might be related to Car 27 : BSA Three Wheeler from the above post (with several different angles in the slideshow)?
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

WorkerBee ·
I believe it is a Morgan three-wheeler with a V-twin engine. Originally manufactured from 1911 to 1939, they have been re-introduced and are again available new.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
The Morgan's are being manufactured again in England as WorkerBee mentioned. According to the website they are being sold here through an agent in San Francisco. The three wheeler is called the Three Wheeled Vehicle.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

GarryRF ·
The original 3 wheeled vehicles were Motorbikes with a side-car. So you could drive 3 wheels on a motorbike license. In the 50's and 60's most young people were Bikers ! But to move up to a car required another Driving Test. So we had BSA - RELIANT - BOND - BMW - ISSETA - MESSERSCMIDT all producing 3 wheeled vehicles to meet the needs of those not wanting to undertake the training and testing for a full license. I'd taken my car test in 1968 and they were very strict. It was common to fail...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 3) cars from the USA and UK

rbciao ·
The National Corvette Museum and the nearby GM assembly plant are located in Bowling Green, Ky. and both venues are really worth a visit. The museum is just off of I-65 at exit 28, so it is easy to find. Plus, there are signs on the interstate in both directions making it well marked. We saw the signs when we were southbound on our way to Louisiana and decided to stop on our way home. We figured an hour in each location and we spent over two hours in each. We could have spent many, many...
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Re: How to visit Florida's Everglades National Park

Former Member ·
A few pieces of information would be helpful. In what month will you visit the Everglades ? Will the two of you have a car ? How many nights can you spend in that area ?
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Re: How to visit Florida's Everglades National Park

Travel Luver ·
I will have a car rental. We will be there in December and have 2 nights to spend at or near the park.
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Re: How to visit Florida's Everglades National Park

Travel Luver ·
That's very helpful information, Cicak! Thanks for that bit of research. I think I'll spend the two days exactly as you've outlined.
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Re: How to visit Florida's Everglades National Park

Former Member ·
Any glass bottomed boat ride is a good glass bottomed boat ride. I want to try that one.
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

PHeymont ·
Great pictures...I hope telephoto? Wouldn't want to be that close. They're amazingly good at camouflage...I remember a bayou tour in Louisiana a few years ago...we were very surprised when the guide tossed a block of wood into the water near a log...and the log came to life!
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

PortMoresby ·
We need a "Don't Like" button.
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

GarryRF ·
If Gators see you close by, will they come for a closer look ? When Gators have attacked people - is this because folks have stumbled into their territory ?
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

PHeymont ·
I'm reminded of a poem (to give it dignity) by the late Ogden Nash. The Purist I give you now Professor Twist... a conscientious scientist. Trustees exclaimed "He never bungles!" and packed him off to distant jungles. Camped by a tropic riverside, one night he missed his loving bride. She had, the guide informed him later, been eaten by an alligator. Professor Twist could not but smile: You mean, said he, a crocodile!
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

DrFumblefinger ·
Wild gators rarely attack people unless you stumble onto them -- say fall off your bike on top of a gator sunning himself. They are happiest to avoid humans. Problems arising when people feed gators. Then they can become aggressive and associate people with food. If you don't give them any, they might decide to take a bite out of you.. That said, gator attacks are still very rare. And yes, they're great at hiding themselves, Pheymont. You really need to train your eye to see them as they lie...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

WorkerBee ·
For me, these are the most interesting of the museum's cars that you have posted. The operation of French cars is sometimes quirky. It often seems that the designers are guided by their version of logic and are not trying to conform to the uniformity of standards accepted by other designers and manufacturers. To my eye, the beauty of the designs was ahead of their times.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you for the comment, WorkerBee. I agree that these were the most interesting cars, with such varied designs and mechanical specifications. And they were beautiful machines. The surprise for me in the museum were their Czech cars, of which I knew little. Very beautiful and with remarkable engineering. Would love to give one of them a drive! A car sophisticate like yourself would enjoy this unusual collection. It's worth going a little out of your way to see next time you make it to Florida.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

DanielEllsworth ·
Truly this is a great car museum; I like this wonderful French car collection. I am looking to buy the 1952 DeLaHaye 235 car, but I am bit worried whether we will get their performance parts on the market or not. Though I have explored the salvage yard of sites like sturtevantauto.com , buyusedengine.com etc. but couldn’t find the specific model here. Can you please guide me on this?
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 4) the French cars

DrFumblefinger ·
Hello DanielEllsworth, My best bit of advice is to contact the museum staff directly, as they own and have refurbished all of these wonderful cars. They could give you much better information about restoration engine maintenance that I could. This is the link to their contact page on the website. I have found them to be very enthusiastic and helpful because of their love of and passion for the cars they own. Good luck with that 52! A beautiful machine!
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Re: Megabus adds new Orlando routes...and $1 fare for 1st 2 weeks

Travel Rob ·
The Florida routes are now quite popular so thanks for the heads up on the opening prices. Really glad to see Tallahassee and Miami added.
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Re: Black Friday News: Florida claims first Thanksgiving

Travel Rob ·
The debate in Florida too is which city is actually the nations oldest. St Augustine claims it is because it's the oldest continuously occupied city by European settlers. Some in Pensacola, claim their city is because they were settled before St. Augustine.
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Re: December 31, 2015: Some birds from Florida

Travel Rob ·
Great Photos! I think all the wonderful recent blogs on TG about Florida point out the state has so much more to offer than just the big amusement parks.
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Re: Visiting Cuba pt 2. + more cars !

PHeymont ·
Great practical advice...even for those of us happy to avoid cigars anywhere! And, of course, I'm looking forward to those cars when I go next year.
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Re: Visiting Cuba pt 2. + more cars !

Travel Rob ·
Great advice Garry! What great photos too! Really like your photo of the men fixing the car on the street
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Re: Visiting Cuba pt 2. + more cars !

IslandMan ·
Thanks for the insight into Cuba, Garry. One place that's always fascinated me but I have never been game enough to visit.
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Re: Visiting Cuba pt 2. + more cars !

DrFumblefinger ·
Excellent advice and some truly amazing photos here, Garry! Thanks for these beauties.
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

DrFumblefinger ·
A truly beautiful place! I imagine the kayaking and fishing are quite good. Are there any alligators about/ Is it a first come, first serve campground, or are reservations allowed?
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

Travel Rob ·
Thanks!What an excellent beach GutterPup!
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

GutterPup ·
Originally Posted by Travel Rob: Thanks!What an excellent beach GutterPup! You're welcome! My little secret
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

GutterPup ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: A truly beautiful place! I imagine the kayaking and fishing are quite good. Are there any alligators about/ Is it a first come, first serve campground, or are reservations allowed? The kayaking and fishing are out of this world! No worries about running across any gators, they like fresh water and Ft. DeSoto is salt water, but there are sharks! Reservations are recommended at the campground, especially during the winter and spring months. The summer...
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

Jessica Meddows ·
This is a beautiful beach. Is it a daft question to ask if there are alligators around? I'm Australian, and our more northern beaches get huge crocodiles as well as sharks, so I'm not quite sure if the same goes for alligators in Florida!
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Re: Fort De Soto Park, Florida – A Tropical Utopia

GutterPup ·
Hi Jessica! While it is not impossible, it is quite rare to see a gator at this beach, I only know of one time that a gator was ever spotted there, and that was only a 3.5 ft long one. It is much more likely that you'll see a shark before seeing a gator
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Re: The St. Augustine Lighthouse

Travel Rob ·
GutterPup -Great job sharing about the lighthouse. Anastasia Island, or known as "the Island" there has some pretty cool sights, beaches and restaurants. It's friendly and relaxed atmosphere is commented upon frequently and I found it's really true.Many people come back year after year and stay for months at a time. The historic sights of downtown bring people in, but the Island brings them back.
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Re: The St. Augustine Lighthouse

GutterPup ·
Thank you Travel Rob! St. Augustine is a place I visit once every couple of years, and I always include a visit to Anastasia.
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Re: The St. Augustine Lighthouse

rbciao ·
GutterPup, You posted some great pics of the place. The St. Augustine Light is one of the 10 most beautiful lighthouses in the USA. I read that in a travel magazine, so this is not just my opinion. It's gorgeous! In another lifetime, ex-wife type other lifetime, we were going there for a winter interlude in February from 2002 until 2006 and we stayed on Anastasia Island, not far from the light. We joined the member society, bought bricks in our kids's names, and visited there frequently.
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Re: The St. Augustine Lighthouse

GutterPup ·
I appreciate your kindness I did notice all the bricks at the entrance with folks names on them, pretty cool. I haven't been to many lighthouses I must confess, something I hope to change, but this one was really fun and had tons of history behind it - I'm a fan!
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Re: The St. Augustine Lighthouse

DrFumblefinger ·
Here's a view of the exterior of the lighthouse, from Wikimedia/Jubileejourney
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Re: The St. Augustine Lighthouse

GutterPup ·
Looks almost identical to the one I took.
 
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