Saturday, August 22, 2009

Parking can be hard to find

At certain times of the day, it can be hard to find a parking place for one's golf cart in Lake Sumter Landing. That can make one late for the movie.

Touring Epcot

Epcot is very large. One can become very tired walking around the exhibits, especially in the heat. But you can hop aboard one of these little jewels and take a quick tour and still have time for lunch.

A great day for fishing

This photo is several years old. It's been scanned and Photoshopped. For some reason, I've always rather liked it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Winding up 18 holes

These folks are winding up 18 holes of golf on one of The Villages numerous golf course. The photo was taken from the boardwalk at Lake Sumter Landing with a long lens which compresses the distance.

Eustis sculpture

I know it doesn't compare with sculptures one finds in other cities around the world, but it is symbolic of Florida. It is located just across from the historic district in downtown Eustis, Florida, a town some 20 miles north and west of Orlando.

The Gulf Side Motel

The Gulf Side Motel has been in business for many years. It may not look very fancy, but it's located on the water with a pier for fishing. The owner(s) must be doing something right.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Do not, I repeat, do not feed the gators!

We have spent many hours in Lake Sumter Landing walking the boardwalk and taking photos. We had never seen any gators. Until our last visit. Then, suddenly one appeared, maybe 20 yards out, casually gliding through the water, just the top of its head and part of its body visible.

I took a few photos, but it was too dark.

We did not feed it.

The late, great Bob White Orange Company

Sitting between a highway and a railroad track, just north of DeLeon Springs, Bob White Oranges has gone to seed, so to speak. Begun in 1921 or before, the end began in 1983 with a hard freeze. The oranges died. The famous Bob White Oranges were no more. What was once a state-of-the-art facility now lies foul and abandoned and is slowly tumbling to the ground.

You can read the very interesting story here.

Kayaks for rent - take your pick

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Customized golf car - just for you!

The golf car caught my attention immediately. I went to look and take some photos. The custom work was amazing. And it was for sale. The gentleman you see was very interested. He looked it over carefully, then wrote down the name and phone number of the owner.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if he bought it. I also wouldn't be surprised if he paid somewhere around $20,000 USD for it!

Chinese pavillion at Epcot

Inside you are invited to participate in a fantastic movie about China, featuring one of those huge wrap around screens. Some of the shots will make your stomach jump!

Cedar Key City Park

Here you will find a small beach for swimming; a gazebo; benches; places to grill food; nice, clean restrooms; a great playground area for the kiddos; and you can rent kayaks also.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


A cloudy sky over Lake Sumter Landing.

Gallery under the oaks

You will find this cute little shop in Micanopy, Florida; the site, as you'll recall, of the movie, "Doc Hollywood," starring Michael Fox. Located just a few miles south of Gainesville, Micanopy offers a number of cute little shops - many of them antique shops.

This is one of the few we have not entered, but it appears to be a gallery of art and glassware and other assorted items.

It seems they've neglected to take down their Christmas lights, or perhaps they use those lights at other times of the year.

I'm also puzzled by the presence of sandbags in front of the store. Methinks the place may flood with heavy rains.

House for sale

Just down the street from the "house for rent" we posted the day before yesterday, is this house for sale. Looks like it might need a little work, but it is on the water. My guess is that it would cost well over $300,000, but I don't know for sure.

It's all about location.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A sinking ship

Lake Sumter Landing. This sinking ship is fast becoming an icon. It is not sinking fast, however. But every time we visit it seems to have taken on a bit more water.

Epcot's Iconic Fountain

It was 25 years ago that I took my first picture of this fountain. Not much has changed over that period of time.

The Island Hopper

The Island Hopper has been around since we've been coming to Cedar Key - 20 years. In fact, this is the boat, which in 1989, we took for a sunset cruise! It is still in business and in this photo is coming back into the dock after a run out to the islands.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Skylight at Lake Sumter Landing

Hey sugar, you got any sugar?

Found these fine creatures north of Ocala a few miles on a small horse farm.

House for rent

A nice little house for rent, right on the water! If you're looking for a great vacation spot, this is it!