Old Town Arcadia, Florida

Added picture of Barbara Singing at the Opera House in Arcadia, Florida. Not sure how this reblog post works, yet.

The 5th Wheel

Day 23

The old town of Arcadia was established in 1886._DSC0792      Typical of towns at that time, it had shops, general and special stores, entertainment and necessities. Some of the original buildings are still standing, with most of them converted into antique shops. Day 24 (5)     The most impressive was the Opera House. Now a museum and antique shop, it has a lot of the original items, including stage scenes, projectors, spotlights, and posters.

     I had a photo of Barbara singing on the Opera House stage. I think she founded it and deleted it. Ah Ha, found it.Barbara

     There was a QR code that brought me to a self guided tour and history of Arcadia. If you are interested (and why would you be?) here is the link: http://selfguidedtour.historicdesoto.org/

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Old Town Arcadia, Florida

Day 23

The old town of Arcadia was established in 1886._DSC0792      Typical of towns at that time, it had shops, general and special stores, entertainment and necessities. Some of the original buildings are still standing, with most of them converted into antique shops. Day 24 (5)     The most impressive was the Opera House. Now a museum and antique shop, it has a lot of the original items, including stage scenes, projectors, spotlights, and posters.

     I had a photo of Barbara singing on the Opera House stage. I think she founded it and deleted it. Ah Ha, found it.Barbara

     There was a QR code that brought me to a self guided tour and history of Arcadia. If you are interested (and why would you be?) here is the link: http://selfguidedtour.historicdesoto.org/

Arcadia, Florida

Day 22

Travel

     We have been very fortunate that the 7 RV parks we have stayed the last 22 days have been so accommodating. When we stayed at Southern Palms RV resort, the owner had one of her employees guide us to the site and gave Barbara tips on how to back me in. Hopefully she won’t back me off a cliff again, leaving all 6 truck wheels off the ground.

     At the one site, I don’t know why the woman was so upset. First her child was clearly in the campsite designated for me, and second, she had 4 others. One of the sites boarded next to a church. I was surprised how a grave marker from the 1600’s crumbled so easily when tapped by the RV.

     Sometimes we get our signals crossed. Fortunately, Barbara screams loud, and I didn’t hit her.

Technical Stuff:

We pulled into a truck stop to stretch our legs. Can you believe they have handicapped parking?Day 24 (1)

Eustis, Fl. to Arcadia, Fl. = 142.7 miles

10.0 mpg

3 hours 55 minutes

Diesel: $2.00 per gallon

 

Eustis, Florida

Day 18 –  19 – 20

Travel:

Breaking down to leave, the fighters came back to laugh. I’m glad I can provide them with entertainment.Day 20 (1)

 

 

 

 

     After setting up camp in Eustis, Florida, went to Mt. Dora, which we climbed to the top. Not much of a view. Met with friends from Baltimore who live here  part of the year. The husband (in the blue shirt) is on a lawn bowling team. Day 20 (2) Day 20 (3)

Don't let the shoe leave the mat!Don’t let the shoe leave the mat!

Traveled to DeLand, Florida, where we took a boat ride on the St Johns River

and saw marvelous birds, (click on picture to view, and again for a better view.)

 

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turtles,

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Technical Stuff:

Jacksonville, Fl to Eustis, Fl: 155.7 miles

10.8 mpg

3 hours 21 minutes

Amelia Island, Florida

Day 17

Travel:

     Fort Clinch is another one of those forts that never fired a shot, or received a shot. Built about 20 years before the Civil War, the Southerners never bothered to put the cannons in (probably why they lost the war. Plan ahead guys, if your going to poke the bear, be prepared). At the beginning of the Civil War the Confederates occupied the fort. When they heard that a regiment of Union soldiers were sailing down from New York, they abandoned the fort, allowing the Union troops to enter without resistance.  The Union Soldiers fortified the fort with cannons and other defenses, but never were engaged by the Confederates.Day 17 (7)

 

They had a unique flagDay 17 (18)

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Barbara really goes for the guys in uniform.

 

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     Also on  Amelia Island is the Fernandina Historic District. This was a popular area from the end of the Civil War until the first decade of the 1900’s. The wealthy came from New York to take advantage of the South’s loss.

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Barbara chats with one of the locals.

They had some neat Inns:

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Peg leg Mike was there also, but left his parrot home.  Day 17 (33) 

Technical Stuff:

Diesel: $1.88 gallon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacksonville, Florida

Day 16

Travel:

     Left South Carolina for our next stop in the State of Florida. As we were departing, the fighter jets flew over again to laugh.  Day 20 (1)

I am glad I can bring such joy to their lives.

We have arrived in the Sunshine State. So far, it has lived up to it’s name.

Technical Stuff:

St. Helena, SC to Jacksonville, Fl: 173.7 miles

11.8 mpg (after all, it is downhill)

3 hours 53 minutes

Port Royal, South Carolina

Day 15

     On our way to Port Royal, we stopped at Fort Fremont on St. Helena Island, South Carolina. It was built at the beginning of the Spanish-American War to protect the U.S. Naval Station in Port Royal.

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    Since no part of the Spanish-American War took place in the States, the fort never engaged in battle.

    Port Royal was a disappointment, as I expected stories of Pirates and Swashbucklers.

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     Being the first settlement on the continent, I also expected elegant homes.

Day 15 (4) They did a poor job of upkeep.

 

 

 

 However, there was an oyster festival going on, and I got to shuck my first oyster. A skill omitted in my traditional upbringing. Day 15 (6)

 

 

 

 

On our way back home, it is weird calling a trailer home,  we stopped at The Cypress Wetlands of Port Royal.

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