The Legend of Spook Hill

The rain was coming down on Saturday morning so we decided it was a great day to drive down to Lake Wales to check out the Legend of Spook Hill and Bok Tower.

First stop was to drive through historic downtown Lakes Wales.  We drove on the outside perimeter of downtown and looked up the streets to see the old buildings because the dually won’t fit down those streets!  So that was a quick tour of downtown.  Then we were off for the main reason to go to Lake Wales – Spook Hill and Bok Tower Gardens.  Spook Hill is where cars in neutral gear seem to move uphill on a slightly sloping road,  defying the laws of gravity.  The legend of Spook Hill (click on picture to read) makes you wonder!!!!!LOL

The Legend of Spook Hill

The Legend of Spook Hill

YouTube Video of Spook Hill in action

Or you can read the scientific reasons for Spook Hill.

After we had our fun (along with several other cars waiting in line) we drove over to       Bok Tower Gardens

“The 205-foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower carillon is an experience like no other. Designed by famed architect Milton B. Medary and ornately crafted by noted stone sculptor Lee Lawrie, the Tower houses one of the world’s finest carillons. Concerts from the 60-bell carillon at 1 and 3 p.m. fill the Gardens daily.”

Now it was raining really hard (instead of the usual hard rain and then quit like usually happens in Florida) so we did not pay the entrance fee to go in and hear the tower sing.   We will have to add this back onto our bucket list of things for another day.

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Showcase of Citrus

Showcase of Citrus

Our first little outing since we got down here to Sunny Florida was to Showcase of Citrus on US 27  north of US 192.  This is a great family owned (4th generation) citrus growing family.

Showcase of Citrus

Showcase of Citrus

Showcase of Citrus

Showcase of Citrus

They have locally made sauces, jams, jellies, honey along with pick your own fruit (50+ varieties) directly from the tree!  You can not get any fresher then that.

They have the worlds largest 4×4 Swamp Safari to learn about Native trees, plants and animals.  This is an hour long ride.  We didn’t do it but it is definitely on the list of things to do sometime.

4x4 Swamp Safari

4×4 Swamp Safari

George and I ventured through the little store looking at ALL the different items that were 4-sale.  Most of them sounded so good to try.  We did find an area where we could taste test the fruit that is available right now and also the different sauces.  We opted only for the fruit as I wanted an Orange Slushie!!! These slushies are 100% all natural.  We couldn’t decide on the Orange Slushie or the Creamsicle slushie.  In the end we both got Orange slushie so that we can come back and get the creamsicle slushie next week.

100% natural Orange Slushie

100% natural Orange Slushie

We got some roasted garlic peanuts to take out on to the pier to eat while we drank our slushie.  On their pier they have catch and release fishing available.  When we got to the end of the pier there was a lady fishing.  While talking to her, we found out she was from Elyria Ohio and had brought her grandmother down to Florida for the winter.  Small world. She had snagged a turtle and caught a catfish while she was there.

Not a real alligator in the pond but people where telling kids it was.  They then said NOW you have seen an aligator.

Not a real alligator in the pond but people where telling kids it was. They then said NOW you have seen an alligator.

George would not stand beside the fake shark for his picture.

Showcase of Citrus Shark

Showcase of Citrus Shark

Back inside we picked up some local honey

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George did his Gator Boys imitation. (NO George you don’t look like Paul)

George acting like the Gator Boys

George acting like the Gator Boys

They have a great playground for the little ones.  They also sell Gator Meat!  Guess what is on the menu for next week and a Creamsicle slushie.

Playground

Playground

What a great couple of hours that we spent there and we didn’t even scratch the surface of this place!

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Texas – Mexico Dentist

Breakfast Texas Style!  Ohio Comfort Inn’s need to get waffle irons shaped like Ohio!

Waffles Texas Style

Waffles Texas Style

Instead of Hunt Brothers Pizza they have

Gas station taco’s! Laredo Taco Company

 We had heard about how you can get very inexpensive dental work in Mexico.  Off we go for George to get a 4 tooth bridge.  I also got bridge work done and it was very inexpensive but there is not a lot to do right along the border of Texas/Mexico

Crossing the border

Crossing the border

Rio Grande River

Rio Grande River

Walk way to Mexico

Walk way to Mexico

Boundary Line

Boundary Line

Mexico

Mexico

300 dentists in this town.  19 of them in just this one complex.

Dental Plaza - 19 dental offices in this plaza

Dental Plaza – 19 dental offices in this plaza

George’s favorite place

Vinny's Happy Teeth in the courtyard of the Dental Plaza

Vinny’s Happy Teeth in the courtyard of the Dental Plaza

Happy George at Vinny's Happy Teeth after a weeks worth of dental work

Happy George at Vinny’s Happy Teeth after a weeks worth of dental work. Ask George to show you his Mexican smile!

Of course always the Mexican entrepreneur

Pay $1 to take my picture

Pay $1 to take my picture

Mexico at its best!

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Last winter’s Travels

Let’s start with last winter’s travels.  Our plans had been to travel to Weslaco, Texas so that we could go across the border to Mexico for George to get some dental work.

In September George started getting sick and ended up with pneumonia.  We could not leave in November as planned.  So we decided to fly to Texas at the beginning of January, head across the border to the dentist while Scott and Kim took the XLR (our 5th wheel) down to the Disney area for 3 months.  That was the plan!

Well we all know what happened the first week of January, the first polar vortex hit and the XLR was FROZEN to the driveway at the campground entrance (we had freezing rain before the snow) . There are no pictures of the frozen 5th wheel because Amy was in the cabin crying that she was going to be stuck in Ohio all winter! But we do have a cracked door for proof of what 50 below zero can do to an RV.

Winter at the campground.  One of many days that it looked like this!

Winter at the campground. One of many days that it looked like this!

We had no idea how long it would take for the dental work but we had no worries (when I bought the tickets) the XLR would be in Florida.  The one way airplane tickets to Texas had already been bought and we had planned  to get one way to Orlando when we wanted to leave Texas. WRONG!

Next the airlines canceled our flight because it was suppose to be 50 below zero the morning we were to leave.  Amy is crying louder!  But 2 hours later United sends an email with the new schedule to get out of Ohio, in 2 more days!  But what to do after we are done in Texas???? No XLR in Florida, do we come back to Ohio? NO WAY says Amy!  Let’s go on a cruise and then go see Gator Boys.

Next Texas/Mexico…..

 

 

 

 

Posted in 2018