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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: 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: 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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Re: The St. Augustine Lighthouse

Jonathan L ·
I have never been, but my wife just spent 6 days in St. Augustine and it has been added to our list of MUST GO places. Thanks for the info on the lighthouse, it will be one of our stops.
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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: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 25, 2015. St. Augustine, Florida

Travel Rob ·
The dining hall at Flagler College(in your last photo) is really something to see. The Tiffany Windows are incredible.I also love the concrete used to build Flagler college , former Hotel Ponce de Leon , made from the local coquina stone.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 25, 2015. St. Augustine, Florida

GarryRF ·
Do they still have horse and carriage rides there? The horses wore beautiful displays and looked really elegant in their finery. Is that where I saw the oldest wooden school in America ?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 25, 2015. St. Augustine, Florida

Dr.Y ·
Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 25, 2015. St. Augustine, Florida

Marilyn Jones ·
Yes, they still have horse and carriage rides along the bay! So beautiful!! And yes, that's where you saw the Oldest Schoolhouse. It's such a lovely city!! Originally Posted by GarryRF: Do they still have horse and carriage rides there? The horses wore beautiful displays and looked really elegant in their finery. Is that where I saw the oldest wooden school in America ?
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 25, 2015. St. Augustine, Florida

TravelingCanuck ·
Thanks for the memories. I remember visiting St Augustine on a family vacation in the early 70s. My favorite sites were the old fort and the Ripleys museum.
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Re: A Surreal Visit to the "Dali Museum" in St. Petersburg, Florida

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for this great look at such a unique museum.Ive been meaning to visit for years but knew very little about it!
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Re: A Surreal Visit to the "Dali Museum" in St. Petersburg, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
An amazing building and a most interesting artist, thanks for sharing this! My favorite Dali painting is the Persistence of Memory .
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Re: A Surreal Visit to the "Dali Museum" in St. Petersburg, Florida

GutterPup ·
Originally Posted by Travel Rob: Thanks for this great look at such a unique museum.Ive been meaning to visit for years but knew very little about it! You're very welcome, if you are in the Tampa Bay area its well worth the visit.
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Re: A Surreal Visit to the "Dali Museum" in St. Petersburg, Florida

GutterPup ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: An amazing building and a most interesting artist, thanks for sharing this! My favorite Dali painting is the Persistence of Memory . This is a very popular painting, in fact, it was the first painting that the Morse's bought for heir collection back in the 40's.
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Re: A Surreal Visit to the "Dali Museum" in St. Petersburg, Florida

PHeymont ·
Fascinating to see it also interpreted as a bench in one of the pictures above...
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Re: The Top South Florida Beaches to Visit

DrFumblefinger ·
Which is your favorite beach -- or aren't you going to share that special place with the rest of the world?
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Re: The Top South Florida Beaches to Visit

PHeymont ·
Beautiful! I've only been to Florida beaches once...was impressed by the very gentle surf and slow incline where we were. Great for young kids!
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Re: The Top South Florida Beaches to Visit

Travel Rob ·
Thanks Katy ,some great beaches The water is great for swimming in Florida.The beaches are great .If your coming from out of state though, realize summer is hot,humid and rainy
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Re: The Top South Florida Beaches to Visit

Katy ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: Which is your favorite beach -- or aren't you going to share that special place with the rest of the world? I honestly love all of them for each of the reasons I mentioned!
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Re: What To Do In Miami When It Rains

PHeymont ·
Great blog idea! I remember when my kids were young (they're all in 30s and 40s now, bad weather was always one of the issues on vacation, and we had to scramble for things to do that would keep them occupied and happy. Some of your ideas here look great for adults and kids!
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Re: What To Do In Miami When It Rains

DrFumblefinger ·
That bookstore really looks appealing to me....always one of my favorite destinations on a rainy day. That, and a library. I love visiting libraries in cities when I visit. The quality of a town's libraries tells me a lot of that city's priorities.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 22, 2014: Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

Ottoman ·
Originally Posted by Travel Luver: What's the best ride? Hi Travel Luver! I can honestly say that I enjoyed all the rides at the Universal Studios Theme Parks, but if I had to pick a favorite or favorites, I would have to say that I particularly enjoyed the 3-D rides such as "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" (where Gru turns you into a Minion and you embark on a wild ride through Gru's lab), "The Simpsons Ride" (where you embark on a wild ride through Krustyland and Springfield), and "The...
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Re: "Spotted On the Road": Everglades City, Florida

WorkerBee ·
It is an MGB. The rubber-covered bumpers first appeared on 1974-1/2 models. The appearance didn't change much after that. The wheels on this car lead me to believe that it is no later than a 1979 model.
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Re: "Spotted On the Road": Everglades City, Florida

PHeymont ·
I think '79 or '80 was the end of the line for MGB, so you're probably in the right time-frame. Sad thing about the B...it could never look to me like an MG. Tell me MG, and this is what I see...
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Re: "Spotted On the Road": Everglades City, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
I do like the look of the little white convertible! Thanks WorkerBee and PHeymontfor your help pinning it down. Presume that metal rack on the back hood was to "tie down" excess baggage. Don't see stuff like that much anymore.
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Re: "Spotted On the Road": Everglades City, Florida

PHeymont ·
"excess baggage?" No, just baggage period! The T basically had room at the back for a few tools and maybe a lunch; there was also a wee bit of space behind the seats. I'm pretty sure there the C had space for an overnighter back there, just that and a spare tire.
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Re: "Spotted On the Road": Everglades City, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
Look at what I discovered this afternoon! Adler-Trumpf, Germany, made 1933-1939 Citroen Half Track, France, pre WWII Claveau, France, 1956 Panhard Dynamic, France, 1936-1939 More to follow!!
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Re: "Spotted On the Road": Everglades City, Florida

Travel Rob ·
Wow DrFumblefinger,I can't wait
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Re: Castille de San Marcos - St. Augustine FL

Travel Rob ·
Great report! Luckily some Coquina rock outcroppings are still preserved on the beach. So much was used . Below, is the beach of Washington Oaks Gardens, and it's the second largest Coquina rock outcroppings on the Atlantic Ocean. It's a little bit south of St Augustine.
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Re: Castille de San Marcos - St. Augustine FL

Mytraveledroad ·
Wow, never knew this place even existed. What a big piece of history. When I visit Florida, I'll have to make a stop by.
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

GarryRF ·
Climate change "experts" are saying that: "Antarctica’s massive stores of ice are likely to melt as the planet warms and contribute ever greater amounts of water to the world’s oceans." But the facts are: "The winter ice around the southern continent has been growing relatively constantly since records began in 1979. The US National Snow and Ice Data Centre, which monitors sea ice using satellite data, say that the year’s maximum was 1.54m sq km (595,000 sq miles) above the 1981-2010...
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

PHeymont ·
Garry, aside from the fact that climate change involves far more than the question of polar ice caps, we're not in huge disagreement, I think. 1. Climate change is a more accurate term than global warming, because it's not all about warming, and in some cases the change brings colder rather than warmer. 2. The effects are not the same everywhere, nor are they always immediately harmful. It is possible for one area to be threatened with inundation while another benefits from a return of...
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

GarryRF ·
Not in disagreement at all Paul. Just a mention that climate change is not all bad news. And an option to some folks that wonder where all that melted ice is going to. It's been another winter when the Jet Stream has kept the UK warm and the Eastern States frozen. So there's a lot more water to come down from the Ice Cap yet !
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

DrFumblefinger ·
The issue of what we can do about the "world's changing climate" aside, when I look at a massive stone structure like the one in the photo and realize it's sitting essentially on a sand bar (which is what most of Florida is), I'm not surprised that it might actually be slowly settling and sinking. Just like Venice is. Venice has serious problems but these are mostly due to the fact that the entire city is sinking.
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

GarryRF ·
50 years ago this area of Liverpool UK was underwater twice a day. Every tide. And storms would cause the land to flood half a mile inland. So this area is now a man made construction. Sand hills cover the solid foundation. Marrem grass has roots that bind the sand together. And it works. Copied off the Netherlands where much of the land is below sea level all year.
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