Saturday, April 25, 2009
Helicopters are frequently seen flying over Florida beaches...sometimes they are police helicopters, sometimes news station helicopters, and sometimes the helicopters are owned by a private citizen.
This beauty was flying down Hollywood Beach. It has no visible markings which makes me think it is a private chopper. Why would it fly over the beach? Who knows, but there are often some very nice-looking hard bodies lying on the sand.
Georgia works at the Spanish Springs Transportation Office of an airport shuttle service. She graciously consented to having her picture taken and we were impressed with her kindness and sense of humor.
The building has been designed to look like a train station and has the accouterments of such, but alas, no trains ride the rails into Spanish Springs.
The photo of the train was taken by Lois Anne.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Gainesville, Florida is about 40 miles north of Ocala, and the home of the University of Florida, better known as the Florida Gators.
This is the old water plant which is located near the entrance to the Gainesville-Hawthorne trail (an older railroad bed) which runs for 28 miles through a variety of landscapes, some of which are very hilly. We enjoy biking this trail.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
When the water is rough and the rip currents strong, you don't want the kiddos to play in the surf or swim in the ocean. Viola! Let them play safely on the playground. It's only for residents and/or visitors of a certain condo, however.
This particular playground is south of Daytona Beach.
A very nice woman runs Cedar Key Quality Canvas Products. She sells a variety of canvas items, from handbags to totes, plus other related goods. The shop fronts the main drag heading toward downtown and backs up to the inner bay area.
Photo by Lois Anne.
Photo by Lois Anne.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
One of the joys of living in a place like this is you can step out on your balcony and overlook the Atlantic Ocean. One of the terrors of living in a place like this is that you can step out on your balcony and watch a hurricane approach!
It is quite a beautiful condo, however, and is right on the beach just south of Daytona Beach.
St. George Episcopal church is located in Spanish Springs. Its building is quite attractive, and yes, it has red doors - well, "reddish" doors. We thought it interesting that when growing up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Lois Anne was a member of an Episcopal Church called - St. George!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Barnes & Noble is a large bookstore chain in the United States. This particular store in Sumter Landing is huge with a good selection of every imaginable kind of book and magazine. Most, if not all of the Barnes & Noble stores also have a coffee shop where you can buy coffee, soft drinks, pastries and sandwiches.
The Lake Sumter Landing water tower is for appearances, but it does lend a certain cachet to the community.
Photo by Lois Anne.
At all times of the year, Florida's roads are filled with motorcycles. But on a few occasions bikes seem to dominate the highways and byways. Daytona Beach holds a "Bike Week" twice a year which draws about a quarter of a million bikers on each occasion, and other towns in Florida also have "Bike Weeks."
This group stopped in the town of Micanopy for a few hours to visit the antique shops and grab a bite to eat. I caught their tail lights as they hit the road.
I should mention that the overwhelming majority of bikers ride Harleys.
Monday, April 20, 2009
It is a causeway for golf carts, allowing residents on one side of the highway (441 and 27) to visit people and places on the other side. On occasion it is very busy as golf carts coming flying over the top and down the sides.
Photos by Lois Anne.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
She came to Sumter Landing with her mother and grandma. Hey, shopping can get boring. So she decided to wait outside and take in the sights, which consisted of many funny people and even funnier golf carts.
Her grandma is Lois Anne. She takes after her grandma; she's smart as a whip!