Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Veranda from another angle

The other evening, Lois Anne took this photo of the Veranda restaurant in Lake Sumter Landing. We've shown the restaurant previously, but this is another angle and as you can see it is located directly across from the town square.

5K on Hollywood Beach

On this particular morning, a storm had blown through. Sand had to be swept from the roadway and it was still wet and very windy. That didn't stop these runners competing in a 5K. Lois Anne is in the pack somewhere.

Harley Davidson Road?

I really don't know what this sign means. The house is located on the main road into town, which is often filled with Harley Davidson motorcycles rolling by, so maybe it has something to do with that. Or, it could be the owner of the house rides Harleys.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Villages Charter High School

The Villages is an over-55 community. Nevertheless, most of the people who work in The Villages live nearby and many of them have children, and thus the honchos in The Villages decided it was appropriate to build an elementary school, a middle school and a high school.

This is the high school, which as you can see, is a very fine facility.

Yes, it is a church

One might not think this was a church driving by, so those in charge put up a big sign out front which reads simply "Church." It is located near Summerfield, Florida, and is actually named Calvary Community Church.

Woodworking shop and truck

Yes, this is a woodworking shop, according to the sign on the door. The truck, I believe, belongs to the owner of the woodworking shop. The picture on the side of the truck is of one of Cedar Key's icons - a ramshackle hut perched precariously out in the bay, the remnant of a hurricane past.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Leaning water tower?

Lois Anne took this rather dramatic photo of the Lake Sumter Landing water tower silhouetted by the setting sun. The water tower does not really lean.

Buggy rides available in St. Augustine

St. Augustine, on Florida's east coast, is the oldest inhabited city in the United States. There are many things to see in St. Augustine, and one way to do it is to take a buggy ride, available here.

Home, sweet home

You'll find this house not far from downtown Cedar Key.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Did someone call for a cab?

There are many unique golf carts (or cars, as some call them) in The Villages. This one, which we found at Lake Sumter Landing, we thought was special. It's not really a cab, but designed to look like one.

Searching for dinner

Unfortunately, I don't remember where I took this picture. I do recall this beautiful bird was diligently searching for something to eat.

Decorated for Christmas

Last Christmas we found this decorated golf cart on Cedar Key's main street. Like The Villages, many of the residents of Cedar Key find it easier to get around town via a golf cart than in a regular car.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pirate's Cove motel

Coming into Cedar Key on the main drag (the only drag, actually), Pirate's Cove motel will be on the left. It backs up to the back bay, and appears to have been renovated fairly recently. I liked the colorful umbrellas.

Shoppes in central Naples

Naples, Florida, on the Gulf Coast, has some very nice upscale shops. I believe these particular stores are in the 5th Avenue area. The photo has had a bit of work to make it appear like a colored pencil drawing.

Ty and Suzanne Giesemann

We met Ty and Suzanne Giesemann last night on the boardwalk at Lake Sumter Landing. They were enjoying a beautiful evening with their two long-haired Dachshunds, Rudy and Gretchen.

Both Ty and Suzanne are retired U.S. Naval officers. Ty, a Captain, retired after 28 years in the Navy, during which time he drove warships in various parts of the world. Suzanne, a Commander, retired after twenty years serving in a variety of capacities.

After their retirement, they spent four years traveling on their beautiful sailboat, Liberty. Relatively recently they moved to The Villages and now call The Village of Mallory Square their home.

Suzanne is a writer with several books in print, two of which have to do with sailing. Her latest book due to be released this month is "the amazing true story" of the medium, B. Anne Gehman and her husband, former Jesuit priest, Wayne Knoll.

The Giesemann's are a fascinating couple living their dream. You can read all about their lives and their adventures here. For more information on Suzanne and her books, click here.

We are grateful for the opportunity to meet Ty and Suzanne and for their willingness to pose for us and share their story with us (and with the City Daily Photo blogging community.) Thank you, Ty and Suzanne!

Spanish Springs Golf Cart Series #5 - Plus

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hollywood Beach condo

Hollywood Beach has numerous condos. This one is located in about the middle of the Hollywood Beach boardwalk.

Cedar Key United Methodist Church

The Cedar Key United Methodist Church is located on the main drag into town, just before you get to the downtown area.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Lake Sumter sunset

Lois Anne took this very nice sunset photo at Lake Sumter landing. The Waterfront Inn is off to the left.

Would you like to pet the nice gator?

You probably don't want to do this at home. The lady is a trained gator expert. She can tell you all about alligators. She works at Flamingo Gardens in Davie in South Florida. Maybe if you were really sweet, she might let you pet the gator.

Needing renovation

Located in a residential area near downtown, it appears this house is being renovated, but there doesn't seem to be much activity. I think it has promise, though.