January 11 - 15, 2011
The whole country seems to be gripped in a cold spell but leaving northern Florida and going just a bit farther south to the Orlando area has us in shorts (even though the locals are bundled up).
We spent two wonderful days with out friend Harriet. She always seems to have a great new local attraction to show us. This time we visited the Morse Museum in Winter Park - a short drive from her home in Sanford. While the name of this museum is "Morse" (after the Morse in the industrial company Fairbanks-Morse of stream engine locomotive fame) the museum is devoted to Tiffany art. Photographs were not allowed in the museum, so this description of the works must suffice. Tiffany (the famous jeweler in Manhattan) created much more than the lamps we often see copied today. Stained glass windows and copious amounts of church decoration were produced by this master of glass. The museum has restored a vast amount of the art that was lost in fires and ruined Worlds Fair (Columbian 1893) buildings.
After the museum, we walked the main street of Winter Park and found a Williams-Sonoma store and bought two aprons for us to wear during dinner. Laundry will be much easier now with fewer spotted shirts!
After we left Harriet's, we headed further south to a campground we had not tried before. As we left the major roads and headed inland, we began to see a part of Florida we never knew existed. This is flat, barren, prairie land! Our GPS even was confused so we followed the sign posts pointing to Kissimmee Prairie State Park. It was a long dusty ride down a dirt road but the campground was beautiful, peaceful, and well laid out.
As we pulled into our site, we sighted another Chinook RV and soon we were comparing notes on our motorhomes. We were fascinated by the photographs of moths taken by the couple who had the Chinook. The wife did the photography and the husband built the equipment to attract the moths at night. They spent many evening hours in the field capturing these insects on "film." We spent 3 wonderful days here and had great hikes over the prairie.