Added picture of Barbara Singing at the Opera House in Arcadia, Florida. Not sure how this reblog post works, yet.
The old town of Arcadia was established in 1886. 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. 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.
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/
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.
We pulled into a truck stop to stretch our legs. Can you believe they have handicapped parking?
Eustis, Fl. to Arcadia, Fl. = 142.7 miles
3 hours 55 minutes
Diesel: $2.00 per gallon
Day 18 – 19 – 20
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.
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.)
Jacksonville, Fl to Eustis, Fl: 155.7 miles
3 hours 21 minutes
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.
Barbara really goes for the guys in uniform.
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.
Barbara chats with one of the locals.
They had some neat Inns:
Diesel: $1.88 gallon
Left South Carolina for our next stop in the State of Florida. As we were departing, the fighter jets flew over again to laugh.
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.
St. Helena, SC to Jacksonville, Fl: 173.7 miles
11.8 mpg (after all, it is downhill)
3 hours 53 minutes
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.