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Feb 4, 2012 - January 27th

January 27th It rained all night but stopped before we woke in the morning. We got up ate breakfast and took a bike ride. We rode about 7 miles. We road the road to the park entrance, then back to the camp with a short diversion to the Manatee River to check a possible fishing site. Later I returned to the fishing site to try my luck. Well, I didn’t have much. Three small sunfish was all I caught. Returning to camp we gathered a little firewood, talked to the camper next to us for a long time and finally started a fire about dusk. We came...

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Jan 15, 2010 - Alligators, Feral Pigs, and Vultures! Oh My!

Today was our warmest day so far. Our car thermometer registered 78, and we were more than ready. We packed the boat with poles, lunches, and hope and headed for the Myakka River State Park. The park covers 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks and pinelands. There is a 7-mile scenic drive through palm hammocks and along the Upper Myakka Lake. The park has camping, hiking trails, cabins for rent, and a concession building which has a restaurant and gift shop. There are tram rides through the forested areas as well as large air...

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May 26, 2007 - Venice, Florida

Another birthday-gift trip from Michelle to Charlie Venice is about 1 1/2 hours south of us and has a unique feature: is shallow waters there is a deposit of pre-historic shark teeth. Michelle being pregnant could not dive, but she signed me up for a dive trip. Luckily my cold ended just in time for these 2 dives. The first site in about 22 feet of water, lots of small shark teeth, the second in about 28 ft dept with lot fewer finds, but those were all of the bigger items variety: a bunch of whale bones and two giant 20 million yrs old...

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May 3, 2007 - Ringling Museum of Art & Winter Home

One of the "Main Attractions" in this part of Florida is the Ringling Museum of Art. Here is a little bit of the history as to how it ended up in Sarasota. In 1884 the five Ringling Brothers started a circus. The circus travelled by rail and would set up and perform in a town. Once the show was over, they would take down the tents, load up the animals and be off to the next stop. You have to remember that at this time there were very limited forms of entertainment and having the circus come to town was a big event. Often schools and...

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Jan 28, 2007 - North Port, Florida

1/28 - 1/30 Well the cruise was over and it was hard to say goodbye to all our friends and relatives - a great time was had by all. The ship traveled 2567 miles at an average speed of 20 knots. We took a taxi back to our car and headed back to our home in North Port. We spent a couple days visiting with ML (Jeff was skiing in Vermont). She took us on a tour of Punta Gorda where we checked out a park and wharf along the Peace River. We also went to a shell store where we saw all the things that can be sold that are made out of shells. ML...

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Jan 17, 2007 - The Manatee Festival & Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park

Saturday we went to the 20th annual Manatee Festival in Crystal River. It's basically a street fair with local artists, vendors, etc. They also had boat rides through Kings Bay, where they didn't guarantee you would see manatees, but they indicated it was pretty likely. We had beautiful weather for it, 75 and sunny, and yes, we did see manatees. First I saw one surface on my right side, just out of the water and back in so quickly I thought it might have been a dolphin. It's possible that it was a dolphin, since they do have those around...

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Jan 4, 2007 - North Port, Florida

1/4 - 1/5 Drove 62 miles to North Port, Florida and parked in the driveway of ML (Mary Lynn) and Jeff. ML and Ken use to work together at Xerox in Leesburg, Virginia. ML and Jeff were nice enough to let us park our house in their driveway for three weeks while we gallivanted around the Caribbean. We spent the two days finding our luggage and packing for the big trip. ML cooked a delicious chicken dinner and we got to meet their friends Jeff and Jackie.

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Dec 6, 2006 - 12-6-06

12-6-06 Today has been a good day for the Jodock's and their amazing adventure. Jim's back is doing better, and Sandy hasn't killed him. Even though the pace has slowed down a lot, several things have transpired the last couple of days. Monday and Tuesday we did some minor shopping and Jim completed a couple of chores around the motorhome. Since he wasn't suppose to do anything strenuous, he repaired a broken shade, replaced the two fans over the dashboard, and replaced a retaining strap on the folding door. Tuesday we treated ourselves...

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Nov 28, 2006 - From Busch Gardens to Aunt Bente's

Last week was rather cold here in Florida. We haven't felt temperatures that low since we were in Pennsylvania! Thursday morning it was a balmy 10 degrees C (52 F). We know how it feels for these southerners to come north. Our blood is used to warmer weather and we don't have enough warm clothing. We can't go any further south - we've been to Key West already, so we will wait it out. I know, you feel our pain! NOT! The past week was training for Disney World. From our campground in Sarasota - the Sun-N-Fun RV Resort, home of the blue hairs,...

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Nov 23, 2006 - Donald's visit

Mom and Dad arrived on Tues Nov 21st with Donald after a long drive down and delivered him to the boat at Royal Palms Marina in Englewood. We spent the night there and walked into town for dinner. Donald had his first taste of Mahi Mahi, done Jamaican Jerk style. Yesterday we Dad picked us up at the marina and drove us to their place in Maple Leaf Estates and today is American Thanksgiving so the Captain has a turkey in the oven and it's almost time to get the potatoes and veggies going. We explored the park this morning and Donald and I...

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Nov 23, 2006 - Thanksgiving....We start to plan our next voyage!

Well...it's wonderful to finally return to Trip Journal with plans for another vacation. Yesterday we received our travel documents from Seabourn. Tom and I will be boarding the Seabourn Legend on Tuesday, December 19 for a 14 day Caribbean Holiday. I can't think of anything better than Christmas and New Years on board a luxury cruise ship! Well, actually I'll be missing family, especially my grandsons, but it's their year to be with the "other side" so we're making the best of it! Today as I savor the smell of the roasting turkey in the...

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Nov 18, 2006 - The Sun Coast

The stretch from Tarpon Springs down the west coast to the southern tip of mainland Florida is known as the "Sun Coast". We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 days in Tarpon Springs. We spent an evening in the Entertainment District and ended up at a friendly little bar where it was "Ladies Night" so free drinks pour moi. Good thing because when we discovered it was also Karaoke night it was all I could do to keep the Captain from leaving. He hates Karaoke but we had a great time at this particular one. We met several locals and before long we had a...

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